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November 4, 2013

Palmer, Brochey focus on town finances in Lewiston supervisor race

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Niagara Gazette — "This could help form a more open town government and to speed up issues that need addressing that have not been taken care of in the past. This one representative could be the voice of hundreds of others who may not be able to come forth at every town hall meeting with important issues. It would be easier for me as a supervisor to meet with one individual representing many others than for me to meet with scores of others with the same issues."

While Palmer, a member of the town's current representative board, has called Reiter a friend, he has spent his campaign trying to distance himself from the supervisor.

He recognized Reiter's legal trouble through a primary battle against him in September, offering tough words promising to end the need for investigations of town leaders if elected. In addition, he's also stepping away from Reiter's financial practices, saying he's much more classically conservative than the current town leader.

"I consider myself to be much more conservative in spending than the current supervisor," Palmer said. "I believe in managing the town much like you would manage your own house. Live within your means and don't buy things you can't afford. It's that simple. I wish the federal government would follow that practice."

With this approach, he said he would not vote to implement a town tax at any point in his administration if elected, a value he's maintained since elected and one he said he'd continue to uphold as long as he's an elected official.

One of the larger money items the town is currently pursuing is development at Joseph Davis State Park, where Reiter has been attempting to build docks and a campground on state-owned property. Palmer said he'd be heavily scaling back the town's investment in the park if elected.

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