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NEW TAXPAYER GROUPS SUE ELECTIONS COMMISSIONERS

The heads of two new taxpayer organizations seeking to dislodge local elected officials and reform government filed suit Thursday against Erie County's elections commissioners. They accused the commissioners of overcharging for digital copies of county voter records.

Leonard A. Roberto said he is demanding a court-ordered reduction in processing fees charged by the Erie County Board of Elections. Roberto said he walked out of board offices March 22 when told that the information would cost him $375.

Roberto heads the newly formed Primary Challenge organization, which is seeking "removal of all currently elected officials." He was represented by attorney James Ostrowski, founder of Free Buffalo, a new taxpayer advocacy group working with Roberto's organization.

Ostrowski, who served court papers late Thursday on Elections Commissioners Ralph M. Mohr and Dennis E. Ward, said a State Supreme Court case out of Albany 10 years ago set a $25 standard fee for the type of digital information Roberto is seeking.

Neither Ward nor Mohr could be reached to comment Thursday. The case is scheduled to be argued before State Supreme Court Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer on April 26.

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