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Residents briefed on dissolution

About 60 Blasdell residents attending an information meeting Tuesday in Ilio DiPaolo's restaurant learned it takes just 120 signatures on a petition to set wheels in motion to dissolve the village.

The gathering, sponsored by A Better Blasdell, was in response to a new state law making dissolution easier.

Village Trustee David Adrian talked about a fellow trustee's recent tax bill to demonstrate that village residents could pay as much as 31 percent more if absorbed by the Town of Hamburg. Adrian said taxes would be higher because new fire, police and water districts might need to be created.

In addition, he said, senior citizens and veterans would no longer be eligible for tax exemption status in those numbered districts.

But not everyone in the crowd was convinced.

"I believe this is about a handful of people worried about their jobs," said Michael DiBerardino, who favors dissolution. "I'm not a numbers guy or a politician, but numbers can be buffered. I say let's have [Kevin Gaughan] in here and have a town debate."
Citizen activist Gaughan has chosen Blasdell as one of his targets for dissolution.

Denyse Murphy said she came to the meeting because she wanted to know what was going to happen to her and the volunteer fire company she serves as president should the village disappear.

"I'm hoping the village will stay intact," Murphy said. "If the village dissolves, I wonder who's going to be responding if there's a fire and how long will it take them to respond."

She added that she is looking to buy a house in Blasdell but only if Blasdell continues to exist as a village.

Adrian defended the facts and figures amassed by A Better Blasdell.

"They're a heck of a lot more accurate than Kevin Gaughan's because he hasn't given us any," he said.

"At the end of this, I'd like everyone to walk away and draw their own conclusions," he added.

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