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November 7, 2013

Lewiston officials hope reserves will stave off townwide tax as budget work continues


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Several members of Residents for Responsible Government advocated the board to follow up on its promise while also pushing the three members in attendance — along with Deputy Supervisor Gary Catlin, who was sitting in for absent Supervisor Steve Reiter — to follow up with Niagara County and supplying an additional $32,000 for the payment of both lawyer Gary Abraham and a team of scientists dedicated to supporting the arguments against the expansion.

But attention wasn't entirely positive for the fight the town and county have pledged together. A pair of comments questioned the town's involvement in the matter. Ronald Craft, a village resident, said he's unsure of the lawyer expense, having no knowledge of Abraham's track record.

"When you start putting my money, I'd like to know where it goes, who's using it, who's taking it and what his batting average is," he said. "I don't know anything about the lawyer ... what's his batting average? Has he won any cases against CWM or any waste storage facilities? If I'm going to hire a lawyer, I'm going to make sure I know his batting average."

Other comments of the night focused on the town's continued involvement in Joseph Davis State Park. Paulette Glasgow questioned the town allocating more than $700,000 toward various needs at the park, which the town operates due to a contractual obligation.

But she had concerns the town could find better use of some of the money, especially a sharp increase in one of the dedicated budget lines.

"I understand we're contractually bound to maintain the state park," she send of one budgeted $225,000 expense for the park. "But someone needs to define the word 'maintain,' what it actually means. I would hope we have a more reasonable figure ... to decrease that figure by about $40,000."



Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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