St. Lawrence County Legislature could see leadership shakeup, sources say

WWNY St. Lawrence County Legislature could see leadership shakeup, sources say

CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - A re-organizational meeting for the St. Lawrence County Legislature could lead to some changes. Some members are still smarting from an aborted vote two weeks ago.

There could be yet another twist in the saga of sales tax negotiations between the county and Ogdensburg. Sources in county government tell 7 News that those negotiations could now lead to a shakeup in leadership at the county legislature.

Two weeks ago, by a narrow 8-7 vote, the legislature tabled what was supposed to be a two-year sales tax agreement with Ogdensburg.

It took over a year to negotiate and has been a flash point between city and county.

Legislature Chairman Joseph Lightfoot, a Republican, played a key role in tabling the motion.

A number of legislators were unhappy with that move.

Now, some are thinking of nominating someone other than Lightfoot for chairman. The name of Republican John Burke is one name that has surfaced for the post.

Burke would only say Monday that his is one of a number of names mentioned for the top post.

The votes on leadership will take place Monday night at the county legislature.

The vote on any final sales tax agreement with Ogdensburg could take place later this month or the county could choose to go back to square one and begin negotiations all over again.

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