Niagara Gazette

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March 30, 2014

GUEST VIEW: Ready to get to work for all of Lewiston

Niagara Gazette — I would like to accomplish two things with this letter. The first is to take a moment to thank the Lewiston Town Board, Al Bax, Mike Marra, Ron Winkley, and Supervisor Dennis Brochey for appointing me to the Town Board, filling the vacancy left after Ernie Palmer recently stepped down.

The second is to introduce myself to those of you in the town who may not know me. I’ll do my best to recap 50 years as briefly as possible.

Like many of you I grew up here and went to school here. After high school I spent several years in the military learning to be a man while serving my country. Then I spent the next few years at UB getting my degree in architecture. Following college I worked in Buffalo for several architects, engineers and developers where I honed my skills on building and planning. For a few years during that time I lived in the village on South Third Street. Then in 1999 my wife Lynne and I bought our house on Townline Road where we still reside with our not so average family. We have three biological children, four adopted children and four foster children. Only eight live at home now. But over the past 15 years we have had well over 120 foster children in our home.

Since 1992 I have been involved with various boards and committees including the Niagara County Planning Board, Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education, BOCES Board of Education, Zoning Board, Tower & Wind Energy Committee, Rivershore, Inc., WNY Veteran’s Housing Coalition, etc., etc. In 2006 I received my state license in architecture and now work for DASNY doing construction management. During most of my professional career I have had to deal with budgets, grants, fundraising, staff cuts, unions and downsizing. None of those experiences were enjoyable, some were quite painful. However, all of us learn from our experiences and they help to make us better equipped to handle similar situations in the future. And In 2005 I retired from the Army Reserve as a major after 24 years of military service.

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