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Third candidate announces for board

Michael Cerrone has announced his candidacy for the Hamburg Village Board, meaning there will be at least three candidates for two seats in the March 21 election.

Cerrone, 33, an attorney with the firm Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, recently assisted the Village Board with zoning reform.

He has served on the Planning Commission and has volunteered with the Recreation Commission.

He is a member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of Partners for a Livable Western New York and VIVE, a refugee homeless shelter in Buffalo.

Revitalization of the business district in connection with the Route 62 reconstruction project will be his primary focus and his background in urban planning and transportation will help in that effort, he said.

Trustee Daniel S. O'Connell previously announced that he will seek re-election and on Wednesday Thomas P. Tallman announced that he will seek a third term.

Tallman, 47, said the village is at an interesting point with the pending road construction and plans to revitalize the business district, and he wants to part of the effort.

"We won't have this opportunity again for 50 or 100 years," he said.

Voters will also elect a mayor to succeed Curt S. Herrmann, who is not seeking a second term.

Announced candidates include Trustee Paul G. Gaughan and Thomas J. Moses, former recreation director.

The campaign is off to an early start as nominating petitions won't even be available until Jan. 3.

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