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County Democratic Slate Files Over 14,000 Petition Signatures

County Democratic Slate Files Over 14,000 Petition Signatures

BUFFALO, NY -- Over 14,000 signatures were filed today at the Erie County Board of Elections by the democratic slate of candidates for county-wide office: County Executive Candidate Mark Poloncarz, County Clerk Candidate Maria Whyte and Family Court Judge Candidate Sharon LoVallo

"The huge number of signatures is a strong statement that democratic voters want change in Erie County. They are tired of being ruled over and not being given a say in their own futures. These petitions are an early indication that come this fall, democratic voters will be out in full force to elect Mark, Maria and Sharon," said Len Lenihan, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Only 2,000 signatures were required to qualify the candidates, but through a large volunteer effort, more than 14,000 signatures of democratic voters were collected.

Aurora Referendum on Gleed Avenue is Today

Aurora Referendum on Gleed Avenue is Today

From the East Aurora Advertiser
Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:20 AM EDT

Town of Aurora voters will head to the polls today (Tues., June 14) to have a say on the Town Board’s plans for the future of 300 Gleed Avenue and the Aurora Town Hall. If the $877,000 bond passes, town officials led by Supervisor Jolene Jeffe hope they can move forward with plans to renovate 300 Gleed and move town ofices there – with a mandate from the public.

 Read the complete story here. What's your opinion? Should Town Hall move to Gleed? Write a comment here.

District Asks Village to Help Fund School Resource Officer Post

District Asks Village to Help Fund School Resource Officer Post

by Julie Hadley

East Aurora Village Board members were nearly finished with their budget process when they learned that the East Aurora School District was seeking help in sustaining a police program while closing a gap in its own budget.

Mayor Allan Kasprzak told colleagues at an April 4 work session that he had received a call from Interim Superintendent Brian Russ. “The district is looking for the village to pick up more of the cost for the school resource officer in light of budget constraints,” Kasprzak said.

Aurora Pans Library's New Plans, Board Prefers Gleed for Town Hall

Aurora Pans Library's New Plans, Board Prefers Gleed for Town Hall

by Jeremy Morlock

Aurora Town Board members were unanimous Monday night in rejecting a proposal for a shared village, town and library facility at the site of the current library on Main Street. While expressing appreciation to Library Board member Alvin Fontanese for raising the idea of an expansion to the library that would allow for new office and meeting space, each Town Board member said that the cost would be too high for the town. Instead, the board preferred to move forward with a planned move of town offices to the facility at 300 Gleed Ave.

The plan offered by Fontanese is considerably smaller than that recommended through the Shared Municipal Services Incentive (SMSI) grant-funded process which was completed in 2010.

Village of East Aurora Considers Move to Four-Year Terms

Village of East Aurora Considers Move to Four-Year Terms

by Jeremy Morlock

East Aurora’s mayor and trustee posts are each chosen by voters every two years—the mayor and three trustees elected on even-numbered years, and the other three trustees elected on odd-numbered years. At a work session on Monday night, the current board considered whether this cycle might be a little too quick.

“Every year’s an election year,” said Mayor Allan Kasprzak. He noted that the there is a cost to the village for each election, and that some municipalities do have four-year terms.

East Aurora Village Board Election is Tuesday

East Aurora Village Board Election is Tuesday

Those Village of East Aurora residents who head to the polls on Tues., March 15 aren't likely to be faced with much of a dilemma; there are three positions to be filled on the Village Board, and only three official candidates to fill those seats.

Incumbents Kevin Biggs, Peter Mercurio and Libby Weberg each submitted petitions to run for re-election, and this year they face no outside competition. The same trio ran unopposed in 2007, when Biggs first won office.

Read the full article from the East Aurora Advertiser.

Aurora GOP Seeks Candidates for Fall Election

The Aurora Republican Committee is seeking qualified candidates for positions on the Aurora Town Board and Town of Aurora Justice Court. The two-year seat of current Supervisor Jolene Jeffe, as well as the four-year terms of councilmen Jeffrey Harris and James Bach, will be on the November general election ballot. Aurora Town Justice Douglas W. Marky is also up for re-election to a new four-year term in November as well.

All interested town residents seeking the Republican endorsement for any one of these seats are invited to contact Town of Aurora Republican Party Chairman Earl Jann, Jr. at 652-4830 or earlwestf@yahoo.com. Resumes are still being accepted, after which time endorsement interviews will be scheduled before the 26-member committee in March or early April.