LEWISTON – After several months of discussions and outrage by residents, the Town Board announced Monday that an $18,000 check was going to be cut after the meeting to continue to fund Special Counsel Gary Abraham.
A check will be mailed to Niagara County today, according to Finance Chairman Michael A. Johnson.
Abraham is hired jointly by the Town of Lewiston and Niagara County, at a cost of $50,000 each, for representation in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hazardous waste siting hearing with Chemical Waste Management.
A large number of residents spoke out when they learned he was not being paid his share by the Town of Lewiston and work had stopped.
Town Councilman Ernest C. Palmer said Niagara County is supposed to vote on their share of the funding on Nov. 12 and the town would meet with the county at that time to make arrangements to pay the additional $32,000, in order to make sure the attorney is funded adequately.
“There have been words not actions for months,” said resident Amy H. Witryol after the meeting. “The bottom line is we want people back on the clock.”