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Fireworks debate extinguished

A fireworks debate in Clarence fizzled when the property owner who wanted to stage a show withdrew his application for a permit.

The surprising change in course brought to an end, for this year, businessman Daniel P. Snyder's effort to stage a Fourth of July fireworks show on his Newhouse Road property.

Snyder had faced opposition to his permit from a neighbor, Carole Landreville, who claimed smoke and noise from the fireworks show would harm two horses on her property. Snyder's representatives denied that was the case and pledged changes to try to win her approval.

But David J. Saleh, an attorney who handled Snyder's permit application, told the Town Board on Wednesday that Snyder was dropping the permit request.

Saleh in his remarks thanked, by name, three board members and the supervisor for trying to help work out a solution. He excluded Town Councilman Joseph Weiss, who had expressed his opposition to granting the permit at the board's previous meeting.

Without identifying Weiss by name, Saleh said Snyder felt "both Mrs. Landreville and Mr. Snyder have been wrongly used as a political football by the remaining council member who is up for election." "We will resubmit our request next year when it can be addressed in a less-political atmosphere," Saleh said.

The pullout prior to a vote was all the more surprising because the town attorney, Steve Bengart, had just delivered a legal opinion to the board that supported Snyder's position.

Saleh was asked outside of the meeting why Snyder pulled out.

"We want to have an effort to have something that will give consideration to the neighbor, and I think we should be able to work out something for next year," Saleh said.

Snyder was the sponsor of a full-page "Weiss Must Go" ad in the weekly Clarence Bee, calling for the defeat of Weiss in the November elections. The ad's message deals with firefighters, stemming from controversy Weiss has stirred over his push to control firefighting costs in the town.

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