Veteran Niagara County Legislator Clyde Burmaster announced his candidacy for the First District legislature seat the day after the area's primary election.
Burmaster, the Republican from the Village of Ransomville, has served in the legislature 28 years – 16 of them as vice chairman. In that time he has established himself as among the leaders in an effort to stop the continued burial of toxic and hazardous waste in the region.
Burmaster is a lifelong Ransomville resident. After high school, he entered the U.S. Army where he served during the Vietnam era as a non-commissioned officer, Sgt. E-5 in the 24th Infantry Division. Upon discharge, he worked for 32 years as a private investigator.
In addition to his time as a lawmaker, Burmaster has served as: president of the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company and as an exempt volunteer fireman for 44 years; a past vice commander and member American Legion Post No. 830; a past president and current trustee for 22 years with the North Ridge Cemetery Association, a past president and member Ransomville United Methodist Church; a member and past president and current board member Ransomville Library for over 25 years; a past board president Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. for over 20 years.
Burmaster describes himself as "a staunch supporter of small business and tourism in Lewiston, Youngstown and Ransomville. He has supported this mission by obtaining grant monies for all municipalities for their economic betterment with use of casino monies, he said in a statement announcing his reelection.
As a lawmaker, he as a record of being fiscally conservative, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars through improved financial controls, he said. In the statement, Burmaster also said he is responsible for founding and participating in several standing committees and groups focused on bettering the region.
Burmaster said his hobbies include golf, reading history, collecting artifacts from the Civil War, travel, antique cars and sports car collecting. He lives in Ransomville with his wife, Suzanne, where they raised six children.
Burmaster called the village a "great place to live" and pledged "to continue to be available for concerns of our citizens."