Niagara Gazette

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June 19, 2013

Lewiston voters polled

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Niagara Gazette — Following the visit, an FBI spokesperson would only confirm that agents had been in the "Lewiston jurisdiction." The spokesperson declined to discuss the nature of the "ongoing matter" or the results of the interviews.

Reiter later confirmed that he spoke to authorities for about two hours and said the discussion involved "some situations in the town and some past practices" and that agents wanted to see what town officials "were doing about it."

Reiter described the conversations as involving at least two specific areas — town work on private property and gas usage.

Both issues were raised as part of a 2011 state comptroller's audit that expressed concern about, among other things, the town's handling of municipal fuel supplies and "questionable" drainage repairs performed by the highway department during the audit period between Jan. 1, 2009 and March 18, 2011.

Reiter also said he was told by investigators that their work was expected to be wrapped "fairly quickly," adding that he believed they were "satisfied with a lot of the explanations for different scenarios."

On Wednesday, Reiter, who served as town highway department superintendent at the time the state audit was performed, denied any involvement in polling citizens. He also confirmed his intentions to seek a third term as supervisor. He is up for election this year. Brochey, a registered Democrat, has announced plans to challenge him. 

"So far, I am (seeking another term), yes," Reiter said.

Niagara County Republican Chairman Scott P. Kiedrowski declined comment on the polling happening in Lewiston, but did say it doesn't surprise him it's happening.

"I'm not surprised there's polling going on right now in Lewiston," he said. "There are a lot of important races in the town. But I cannot comment on whether or not we're polling or for what purpose. That's information for our candidates only."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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