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BARRED FROM SESSION, CUDNEY SEEKING PROBE

Toni Marinaccio Cudney, the Democratic candidate for Orchard Park supervisor, Wednesday told the Town Board she is seeking a probe by the State Committee on Open Government.

"On Sept. 22, I believe the supervisor and board violated the state's open meeting law," when they did not let her attend a Town Board work
session, Mrs. Cudney claimed.

"It was supposed to be a budget work session, and Mr. Mill barred me access. He claimed it was a meeting for personnel matters. This is a blatant breach of public trust, and I look forward to the state's
investigation of this."

In fact, the work session began at 5 p.m., and the board went into executive session some hours later when it did discuss personnel matters. Personnel matters, contract negotiations and employee grievances are not open to the public.

In this, the last board meeting before the three-way race for supervisor is decided Nov. 4, Mrs. Cudney charged that the minutes of that work session were "fabricated." She challenged the board to
"perjure yourselves."

"I will not comment, since you've instituted legal action," Mill said, "and I would advise the board to do likewise."

On advice of the town attorney, other board members also chose not to comment.

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