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A legal fund called Protect Your Privacy Rights has been established to help fight the clear plastic garbage bag requirement in the Village of Hamburg.

"I have never raised or solicited money before, but I know I'm going to need money to carry this forward," said John C. Dobrzenski, the East Union Street man who is trying to fight Village Hall.

Dobrzenski refused to place his garbage in the required clear plastic starting June 1, and the village refused to pick up his garbage. He was found guilty in Village Court last month of accumulating solid waste and not providing a suitable container for the garbage.

He removed the accumulated garbage, and has started placing his garbage in trash compactor bags, which are brown, but acceptable to the village because glass and cans cannot be run through a home compactor.

"Right now I have found a way to protect my own privacy," he said. "I've satisfied, as far as I'm concerned, the judge's concerns."

Dobrzenski said he does not plan to appeal his conviction on the village code violations, but he is hoping to initiate a new legal action against the village in State Supreme Court.

He said some people in the village have offered to raise money for the cause, and a post office box has been established. Donations to the Protect Your Privacy Rights fund can be sent to P.O. Box 665, Hamburg, N.Y., 14075.

A baked goods sale also is planned Sept. 25 in the village municipal parking lot, he said.

He also is planning to create a Web site on the Internet.

"There has been interest from other parts of the country," he said.

Dobrzenski said the specifics of a possible case are being reviewed by an attorney.

"I do have indications that what's been done here is probably not legal," he said.

He said he would support a legal challenge to a certain extent from his own funds, but that he would need additional money for a successful fight.

The village started requiring garbage to be place in clear plastic bags in order to increase compliance with recycling regulations. Village officials said $9,677 has been saved from increased recycling and decreased garbage disposal since the program went into effect in June.

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