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Flammia, former train engineer, seeks Wheatfield board seat

WHEATFIELD – Robert W. Flammia, a former railroad engineer for CSX and Conrail, has announced his candidacy for one of two seats available on the Wheatfield Town Board this year.

Flammia is entered in a three-man Democratic primary contest against Thomas J. Stevenson, a former Republican, and Shirley J. Joy, who lost in the general election two years ago after winning the Democratic primary for the councilman post.

When he was an engineer, Flammia was assistant local chairman for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, an affiliate of the Teamsters Union. That union has endorsed him, along with the Communications Workers of America and the United Auto Workers. “I am now a full-time law student and recently graduated with a degree in legal studies. I majored in legal research, political science, and human resources,” Flammia said.

He said he believes it’s time for the veteran Republican incumbents, Larry L. Helwig and Gilbert G. Doucet, to be replaced. “I have no other hidden political ambitions or agenda. I have no interest in any town-paid health insurance and will take a 60 percent cut in town council pay,” Flammia pledged.