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Investigators from the county Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office began their probe Monday of where Conservative Party chairman Al C. Hollands lives.

Republican Election Commissioner Lucille L. Britt said she and her Democratic colleague, Michael J. Beeny, met with investigators Edward Garde of the Sheriff's Department and Jerome Kreutzer of the district attorney's office. The investigators have been assigned the task of running a residence check on Hollands, who has been Niagara County Conservative Party chairman for more than a decade.

Beeny and Mrs. Britt say that Hollands, who is registered to vote from 3316 Beebe Road, Wilson, actually lives in Buffalo, where his wife is registered to vote.

State law requires that members of political party committees must live in the county where they hold that office. The commissioners say the penalty for a violation is up to four years in prison and a
$5,000 fine.

Hollands said he maintains a residence at the Beebe Road address, but that it looks as if it were abandoned because he is remodeling the interior and he occasionally lives in a trailer on the property.

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