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June 19, 2013

Lewiston voters polled

Niagara Gazette — Voters in the Town of Lewiston have been receiving some interesting telephone calls in the wake of a recent visit to town hall by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York State Attorney General's Office. 

During recent telephone polls, voters have been asked for their opinions on the quality of representation in local government, both past and present. So far, polling has inquired about residential confidence in current Town Supervisor Steve Reiter as well as town board members Michael Marra and Ernest Palmer. Residents are also asked about their familiarity and feelings about state Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, D-Lewiston, former state senate candidate Amy Hope Witryol, D-Lewiston, and Dennis Brochey, a Democrat Lewiston Village Trustee now running for supervisor.

At least one question touches on a topic discussed by Reiter and other town officials following the visit by the FBI agents and state investigators. The question asks how voters feel about "stealing gas from the town," an item several people interviewed by authorities confirmed came up during the course of their conversations. 

Niagara County Democratic Party Chairman Nick Forster said Lewiston residents have been receiving a series of phone calls over the past few nights.The callers refuse to reveal who is paying for the surveys, according to Forster who said his party is not responsible for them. 

"Whoever is behind this polling is running scared and attempting to blur the issues," said Forster. "What they should be asking Lewiston residents is wouldn't they like clean and open government for a change instead of the behind-closed-doors, good-old-boy network that now runs the town."

FBI agents and investigators from the state Attorney General's Office interviewed more than a dozen individuals during a visit to Town Hall earlier this month as part of what was described as an "ongoing matter."

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