By a six-to-five vote, the Erie County Legislature approved the pay raises, recommended by the Citizens Salary Review Commission, for three key county offices. Those raises will not take effect until the next terms of the respective positions but critics suggest the increases were passed to help at least one incumbent who is up for re-election this fall.
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