Niagara Gazette — Further, committees are reduced to five members a piece from seven members — which, minority caucus leader Dennis Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, pointed out, means a majority of three legislators, rather than five, can advance or sink legislation now.
In the overwhelmingly GOP-led legislature, the majority caucus named four members of every committee.
Committes and their full memberships are:
• Administration — Nemi; vice chairman Rick Updegrove; Godfrey; Wojtaszek; and Virtuoso.
• Community Safety & Security — Godfrey; vice chairman Clyde Burmaster, R-Ransomville, who is also legislature vice chairman; Nemi; Peter Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda; and Jason Zona, D-Niagara Falls.
• Community Services — McNall; vice chairman Cheree J. Copelin, R-Niagara Falls; Burmaster; Smolinski; and Owen Steed, D-Niagara Falls.
• Public Works — Wojtaszek; vice chairman John Syracuse, R-Newfane; Michael A. Hill, R-Middleport; Updegrove; and Steed.
• Economic Development — Lance, McNall, Copelin, Godfrey and Zona.