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Three running for two board seats

A plan to redevelop an Army Reserve Center on Porter Road is on the minds of three people running for two open Town Board seats.

LaVern E. Haseley, Robert A. Clark and Robert E. Herman Sr. all say they want to see the redevelopment effort move forward.

But their focus differs when it comes to other town issues.

Haseley, who has been on the Town Board since 2002, wants to focus on completing two other ongoing projects -- finishing the town park and community center, and remodeling Town Hall.

Haseley, 77, of Lockport Road, will appear on the Republican, Independence and Conservative ballot lines in Tuesday's general election.

Like Clark and Herman, Haseley said one of his top priorities is to redevelop the Army center when it is turned over to the town.

"I'd like to see something developed in there that will help the town develop its tax base," Haseley said.

Haseley operates an agriculture business within the town that has spanned several generations of his family.

Clark, who has been on the Town Board since January, plans to focus on improving public input in town government and addressing quality-of-life issues, like public safety, parks and flooding near Cayuga Creek.

Clark, 32, of Rhode Island Avenue, will appear on the Democratic and Working Family lines. He is a security guard at a local hospital and is a member of the Town of Niagara Fire Department.

Clark said he has been a vocal member of the Town Board during his first year in office.

"The system of government we have right now, there are five of us, and we don't always see eye-to-eye," Clark said. "It creates a very good checks and balances system."

Herman, who first made a run for office last year, would like to find ways to make government more cost-effective and to ensure there is an annual plan for upgrading town infrastructure.

Herman, 50, of Laur Road, will appear on the Democratic, Republican, Independence and Conservative lines. He is a registered Democrat.

He has worked for General Motors Corp. for 30 years and is currently a production team leader at the Tonawanda Powertrain plant. He said his experience at the plant working to lower the cost of business would be an assest to town government.

"With the cost of living skyrocketing, looking innovatively at different ways to save costs and to keep services the same is a must," Herman said. "I'm looking forward, if elected, for the challenge of trying to make good decisions and build on a solid foundation that we already have here in the town."

Five other candidates will run unopposed for elected positions. Steven. C. Richards is running for re-election as town supervisor; Sylvia Virtuoso is running for town clerk; James J. Faso is running for town justice; Michael J. Moyer is running for superintendent of highways; and Pamela L. Weigel is running for tax collector.


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