Niagara Gazette — Originally tabbed to run if Reiter was unable to file petitions after quadruple bypass surgery last month, Palmer decided to remain in the race and challenge the incumbent to a September primary.
He said he’s still friends with Reiter despite the political challenge, which has made working together on the town board a bit uneasy.
“Steve and I worked well together for several years,” Palmer said. “We’re still friends. It’s been a little uncomfortable for both us, but when I got into this, we didn’t know if he was in (the race) or not. We were up against a deadline and needed to make a decision whether we were in or out. And it became clear I had a decent shot to win this thing.
“It doesn’t mean I think Steve did a poor job by any means. But he has his style and I have my style and they’re not the same.”
Reiter took the endorsement news in stride. He said the decision was for the committee to make when asked for comment.Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.