This statement just in from Erie County Legislature chairman John Mills:
"This afternoon a rumor appeared that I am retiring from the Legislature. This is completely false. Just yesterday I obtained the signatures of all of my legislative colleagues from both sides of the aisle to serve another term as Chairman of the Legislature. I am very much looking forward to continuing in that role and serving my constituents for another two years."
In fact, PoliticsNY.net was alerted earlier today to Mills' filing of retirement paperwork with the Erie County personnel office. As filed, his paperwork was dated after he would be sworn in for his new term as a legislator. As a result, his retirement would have created a vacancy and threw majority control back to the voters in 2016. Mills' Republican Party held on to that majority by a razor's edge in November elections and a special election to replace him would have strongly favored a Democrat.
In fact, Mills had zero intentions to vacate his seat in 2016. He intended to retire before he was sworn in for a new term and begin collecting 30 years of retirement pay along with his salary as a newly sworn-in County Legislator for 2016-2017. Realizing his mistake, the Chairman completely rescinded all paperwork and Erie County personnel contacted New York State retirement officers to make them aware.
He no longer is filing anything at all.