By Harold McNeil
It's not official yet, but it looks like Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant is in line to become the new minority leader when the new Republican-aligned majority takes control of the Legislature after January 1.
All five members of what will soon constitute the Legislature's Democratic minority caucus met on Tuesday for an informal vote and Grant got the support of both Thomas A. Loughran of Amherst and newcomer Patrick B. Burke of South Buffalo. Along with her own vote, that gives Grant three votes going forward, which is a majority of the minority.
Grant said no other names were submitted for the post. Unlike the Legislature chairman, the majority and minority leaders of the Legislature do not have to be ratified by the full 11-member body.
Meanwhile, the incoming GOP-aligned majority weeks ago decided on Republican John Mills of Orchard Park as its choice for chairman and Conservative Party MemberJoseph C. Lorigo of West Seneca for majority leader. The full Legislature will have to vote on the Legislature chairman selection at its January reorganization meeting.