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County Attorney Rules Holt No Longer Sits on Legislature

By Mark Wozniak

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Attorney Laurence Rubin issued an opinion Wednesdayday, saying that the County Legislature's 3rd district seat held by George Holt has been vacant since January 9th.

That was the day after Holt plead guilty to two misdemeanor violations of state tax law regarding his restaurant businesses.

Holt's attorney, H. Todd Bullard, says that the move is politically motivated.

"One, it's a personal issue. Two, I think it's an issue between (Holt) and his constituents," Bullard said. "I think piling it on like this, in the midst of his personal trauma, is totally inappropriate."

Legislature chair Lynn Marinelli says the Legislature will strike any legislative actions taken by Holt since January 9th, and will realign its committees to compensate for the vacancy.