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November 4, 2013

Palmer, Brochey focus on town finances in Lewiston supervisor race

Niagara Gazette — Pretty soon, the political mailings will end, the commercials will stop airing and voters will be asked to make a choice in Lewiston between village Trustee Dennis Brochey and town Councilman Ernie Palmer for supervisor.

Picking one of the candidates may be difficult since, as far as the issues go, they're saying some of the same stuff. Both are business owners. Both talk of scaling back plans for Joseph Davis State Park, which the town has taken a lead role in attempting to renovate and even add to despite not being town property. Both have taken stances against the pending expansion plans of Chemical Waste Management's landfill one mile from the Lewiston-Porter School District campus.

But one area they don't agree on is the current state of town finances and what to do about spending in the town.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars has been wasted on poorly planned projects and, as in the case of Joseph Davis State Park, on land we do not own," Brochey, the endorsed Democrat, said. "Common sense is needed here and more public input must be heard."

Brochey said he'd offer residents a new approach following a tumultuous few years under current Supervisor Steve Reiter, who is currently at the heart of a FBI probe into results of a 2011 state comptroller audit alleging misuse of town equipment and improper handling of the town's gas supply.

Though Reiter lost a primary bid to Palmer for the Republican line, Brochey, 61, said the public trust is still broken between the people and the town's government and needs to be fixed.

"Many residents are furious and in disbelief with the remaining board members supposedly lack of knowledge of any of this," he said. "People's trust in our town government must be restored and the only way to do this is with new leadership. I'm offering a new approach with many new ideas. There are fourteen districts in the Town of Lewiston. Recently I have made contact with several individuals who have shown an interest in becoming a district representative of their own areas.

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