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Collins appointee likely headed to City Hall

Discussions are underway to fill the general counsel position in the Buffalo Public Schools, now that Brendan Kelleher has returned to the private sector.

Chris PutrinoNothing's official yet (and neither side wanted to comment) but the word is that Amber Dixon plans to hire Chris Putrino, Erie County's commissioner of labor relations.

The timing, of course, is interesting, seeing as Putrino would almost certainly be out of a job once Chris Collins hands over the keys to the new county executive.

Putrino is no stranger to City Hall, seeing as he spent about six years as assistant corporation counsel under Tony Masiello's administration.

From there, Putrino spent a couple of years as assistant director of employee relations at UB before being tapped by Collins in 2008. Putrino, among other things, is on the board at the Lexington Coop and at Hallwalls.

Look for an official announcement on the general counsel appointment sometime in early December, most likely.

- Mary Pasciak

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