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2 newcomers challenging incumbents

Two incumbents are being challenged by two newcomers for seats on the Hamburg Village Board in Tuesday's election.

Thomas P. Tallman, who is seeking his third term, and Daniel S.O'Connell, who is seeking his second, face challengers Michael S. Cerrone and William A. Villepigue.

Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Village Hall.

Villepigue, 67, a retired salesman, has been the most outspoken, saying the $150,000 the village plans to spend on sculptures in the four roundabouts that will be built as part of the Route 62 reconstruction project "could be better spent elsewhere."

He also said a merger of the village Police Department with the town's could be accomplished. That idea was previously rejected by residents, and the other three candidates have all said they think the village should maintain its own police as a way of keeping its identity.

Cerrone, 34, an attorney, said he has a long history of community service and experience in urban planning and transportation that will help in the road project.

He has called for an aggressive tree planting program and preservation and restoration of the business district so it survives the road project and flourishes after it is completed.

Tallman, 47, who does marketing for Riefler Concrete, said he has a knowledge of the issues facing the village and insights that can only come from his experience on the board.

He favors historic preservation and said the current board has done a good job of balancing tax rates while maintaining services.

O'Connell, 42, a corrections sergeant at Attica Correctional Facility and guard for the U.S. Marshals Service, said he does not have an agenda, rather, "I am a candidate with your [the voters'] agenda."

He said he has proved that he is not afraid to make tough decisions as shown by his work as liaison to the Department of Public Works, which faces the layoff of a worker under the proposed budget.

Voters will also select from among three candidates -- Thomas Moses, Harold Johnson and Trustee Paul Gaughan -- for mayor. Also, Village Justice Michael Munley is being challenged by Andrew Fleming.


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