Niagara Gazette

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December 10, 2012

Donation causes stir

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Niagara Gazette — "CWM has a very effective (public relations) machine which is perpetually engaged in trying to put the hazardous waste industry in a good light," Henderson wrote. "Whether with annual photo (opportunities) taken with the town and school boards when they present their state-mandated tax receipt checks or posing with the Catholic Bishop of (Western New York), public perception and acceptance is something they need and are eager to purchase. Steve, there is a reason it is called hazardous waste."

Reiter, meanwhile, said he needs to think about the requests made Monday and wouldn't commit to either returning the money or keeping it.

He said his job is to support the town any way it can be.

"If I can keep the costs down, I'm going to live with it," he said.

When asked about the impact $5,000 has on the operation of the ice rink, he said losing the money wouldn't adversely affect the wildly popular winter activity.

"It just makes it easier (to operate)," he said.

Lori Caso, spokeswoman for CWM, said she doesn't believe the $5,000 donation to the town is a conflict of interest given the town's opposition to the possible expansion.

She said the company received a request to donate and did.

"We were asked for the money," she said. "We received the solicitation and we happily responded. Personally, my 11-year-old son uses the rink just about every day. I think it's a wonderful thing they're doing for the community."

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