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Political season opens in Town of Hamburg -- with flap over signs

Town of Hamburg highway superintendent candidate Ted Casey accused the office's incumbent of placing political signs at work sites and asked that they be removed.

Casey spoke at Monday's Town Board meeting, and referred to Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., who is running for reelection, as the "current, but outgoing" superintendent in questioning the appropriateness and timing of the metal orange roadway signs.

"This is a clear advertisement in a political year," Casey said. "They clearly are a distraction."

"Once again, Mr. Casey has no idea what he's talking about," Best said. "Are you starting already, Teddy?"

Best said the orange signs are informational -- to let neighbors know there is highway work, like road paving, being done, and are similar to signs that are at the dog park and playgrounds.

Code Enforcement Officer Kurt Allen said he had not seen the signs, but believes they are public information signs.

"They're not considered political signs," Allen said.

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