William P. Hanley Jr., Candidate for West Seneca Town Board - The Buffalo News
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William P. Hanley Jr., Candidate for West Seneca Town Board

William P. Hanley Jr.

Candidate for West Seneca Town Board

Lines on Ballot: Democratic, Working Families

Age: 55

Number of years living in town: 24

Occupation/Employer: management/National Fuel Gas

Top campaign platform agendas;

• Responsible and controlled spending;

• Reduce taxes – find relief for residents;

• Improved neighborhoods – bank-owned houses, absentee landlords;

• Website postings for job openings; and

• Honest, efficient and open government.

Biggest issues facing the town:

1. Taxes – West Seneca has one of the highest tax rates and total taxes of all towns in Erie County.

2. Sewers – Ignored sewers have resulted in the state Department of Environmental Conservation issuing a consent order forcing the town to make immediate repairs costing an estimated $40 million.

3. Controlled spending – Rarely has an annual budget asked for a reduction in any line items.

4. Rats – Purchase of totes has been discussed for years, while the rat population has exploded.

5. Bank-owned houses – Nearly 100 bank-owned houses without accountability for upkeep or repairs affecting the value of the immediate neighborhoods.

6. Absentee Landlords – Property owners who have turned their homes into rentals and allowed them to be neglected also affecting the value of the immediate neighborhoods – especially at the adjoining town line neighborhoods.

7. Zoning/Spot Zoning – No clear master plan causing thousands of dollars in litigation fighting residents and/or developers.

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