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November 4, 2013

Palmer, Brochey focus on town finances in Lewiston supervisor race

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Niagara Gazette — He's also pursuing some form of economic compensation from the New York Power Authority concerning emergency services provided by town resources like fire and police departments. The law doesn't allow the state agency to contribute any money to special district budgets like the fire protection district Upper Mountain Fire Co. patrols.

But last month, Palmer motioned a resolution the board adopted unanimously asking the state legislature to overturn this law or to make it possible for the town to tax NYPA for the purpose of providing these emergency services.

"I will continue my efforts to require NYPA to reimburse the town for first responder services provided," he said. "NYPA property equals approximately 50 percent of the entire town's assessment, but the amount received by the town through the relicensing effort is paltry compared to the services they receive. NYPA is quick to provide revenue for communities nowhere near Lewiston but provides very little to its 'home' community. That has to change."

A week ago, Palmer was accused of using a taxpayer-funded newsletter to promote his campaign. In an article in the Niagara Falls Reporter, town Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Roberts said Palmer's appearance in "Councilman's Corner," a spot usually featuring Reiter and the supervisor's update of town proceedings, was a lot like a campaign move days before voters decide the next leader.

But Palmer said his presence in the newsletter, run by fellow councilman and Republican Michael Marra, had nothing to do with politics.

"What exactly is the fear here?" he said. "That our residents might find out what government is doing for them? The silly season is apparently upon us. It is my job to inform residents of what is happening in the town. So am I forbidden from doing that? My understanding is that (Reiter) declined to write a piece and Mike Marra asked me to write something in his place. There certainly was no political intent. There was no mention of any political campaign in the article and I thought it was a good idea to let people know what is going on. That is the point of the newsletter. It is political for anyone to infer that it was politically motivated."

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