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Amherst Supervisor Daniel J. Ward's claim that he skipped an Amherst Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Nov. 28 because he had to speak at a meeting of Association of Erie County Governments was recanted Wednesday.


Because -- as belatedly noted by State Assemblyman Richard R. Anderson, R-Amherst -- the Association of Erie County Governments meeting was held Nov. 29.

So if Ward wasn't helping the Chamber of Commerce bestow its annual "Business of the Year" award Nov. 28, just where was he?

Downtown -- with many other supervisors and highway superintendents -- at a budget hearing of the County Legislature, Ward said Wednesday after rechecking his appointments calendar.

The Chamber wrote the seven-member Town Board, scolding it for not having at least one representative at the dinner.

"Our members (were) disappointed and somewhat embarrassed" by the Town Board's no-show, Chamber directors wrote in a letter to the board.

A Chamber official said the supervisor "historically" has presented the business-of-the-year award on the Chamber's behalf.

On the other hand, Ward was the only Town Board member to send his regrets that he wouldn't be able to make the dinner, the official noted.

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