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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Niagara County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski administers the oath of office to new Niagara County Legislature Chairman Keith McNall, as McNall's wife, Diane, holds the Bible. Looking on are grandson, Jacob, son, Todd, daughter-in-law, Leanne, and granddaughter, Madyson. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)


Niagara County Legislature Chairman Keith McNall took his oath of office Tuesday night surrounded by family in a ceremony at the Niagara County Courthouse, moments after being formally elected to the post by colleagues.

McNall, R-Lockport, who has served in the Legislature since being appointed to a vacated seat in 2006, vowed to lead the Legislature in a fair manner, consistent with the approach of his predecessor, longtime Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, who retired at the end of 2015.

“The opportunity to lead this body and work for our county’s taxpayers is an honor, and most definitely a privilege,” McNall noted at a celebratory bi-partisan dinner at DeFlippo’s Restaurant. “I will work to continually earn the trust of my colleagues, and I will always strive for fair play for all points of view in our Legislature.”

McNall was sworn into office by new County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski, his hand resting on a Bible held by his wife, Diane. They were joined by family, including son, Todd, daughter-in-law, Leanne, grandson, Jacob, and granddaughter Madyson.

After being sworn in, McNall noted that his wife Diane had “been by my side for 44 years, and has always been my biggest supporter and my best advisor” before hugging his visibly emotional spouse.

As chairman, McNall presides over meetings of the Legislature, serves on a number of committees and commissions, and has the authority to execute contractual agreements on behalf of the county government.  

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