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Geitter battles Piasecki for Republican line

There's a man with a familiar name going for the Republican line for highway superintendent in Orchard Park.

Ronald N. "Corky" Geitter is running against incumbent Highway Superintendent Frederick J. Piasecki Jr. in Tuesday's primary.

Geitter, 47, is the son of Ronald A. Geitter, who retired in 2005. Piasecki, 54, was appointed to the position when the elder Geitter retired, and won a full term that November. Before that, Piasecki was project manager for new construction and renovations for Ciminelli Construction and Tim Hortons. He also was assistant manager for road and bridge construction for seven miles of the Route 219 expressway.

Both candidates completed Buffalo News questionnaires.

Piasecki said he has successfully led the department on a day-to-day basis, as well as during the October 2006 snowstorm. He secured $1.1 million in grants for bridge construction and new technologies, and introduced contemporary management practices for scheduling efficient projects, he said. Piasecki said he plans to maintain "excellent" services, continue to lower operating costs and offset local taxes by bringing in state and federal grant money, and maximize public input by developing an expanded highway department Web site.

Geitter has worked for the highway department for 28 years, and is a past director and committee member of the Orchard Park Federal Credit Union.

He said he developed and set up the department computer network when the town eliminated its mainframe computer, developed the specifications for the automated fueling system which is used by other town departments, and worked in different capacities on every road rebuilding project in the town over the last 28 years.

Geitter decried a "significant decline" in the services provided by the department and in road and equipment maintenance. He said he would strive for complete and timely brush removal and snow removal, scheduled maintenance of roads, buildings and equipment, and to maximize the highway budget.

Both candidates will be on the November ballot, as Geitter already has the Democratic line, and Piasecki has the Conservative, Independence and Taxpayer First lines. Independence Party members also can vote for candidates in the supervisor's race. Republican Patrick J. Keem has obtained the opportunity to ballot against Janis A. Colarusso.

e-mail: bobrien@buffnews.com

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