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Amherst Democratic Party leaders back Kulpa for supervisor

Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa has the unanimous backing of Amherst's Democratic Committee in his bid for town supervisor.

Kulpa, an architect and urban planner with Buffalo firm Clark Patterson Lee, received the endorsement during the committee's meeting Monday night.

"He's an outstanding candidate who brings skills, professionalism and vision for the future of the Town of Amherst," said Jerome D. Schad, the committee's chairman.

A Town of Tonawanda native and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute graduate, Kulpa, 38, holds bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University at Buffalo. He has served as mayor of the 1-square-mile village for the last 5½ years and a village trustee for four years before that.

"We need to introduce good quality redevelopment projects that protect our neighborhoods and green space; that treat storm water runoff with 'green' infrastructure; that take into account items like complete streets and available transit for everybody in the town of Amherst," Kulpa said in the party's Sheridan Drive headquarters.

"We're looking to grow our partnerships with our institutions and we're looking to take the Town of Amherst and project it forward as the leader in Western New York, as the place people want to live for the next 20, 30 years."

Kulpa is running unopposed for the party's nomination in September's primary.

His endorsement came one day before Kulpa's potential opponent in the race is expected to declare her candidacy.

Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger is expected to announce her bid at 11 a.m. Tuesday in front of Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. Jaeger, a registered Conservative, is expected to seek her party's endorsement as well as that of the Republicans.

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