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This isn't the first time Hamburg deputy supervisor post has been eliminated

SAXoPicture-07674530-BNPI520130508081115000 (2)The first time Hamburg Town Board members did away with the deputy supervisor's position was in 2007. The second time was Monday. Both times involved a Tom Best.

The four-member Democratic majority in 2007 abolished the position when GOP Supervisor Steven Walters went outside the Town Board and picked then retired police Capt. Thomas Best Sr. as his deputy. One board member said he would have considered the supervisor's selection had the person been on the board.

After that snub, Tom Best Sr. ran for an open seat on the board and won, and in 2008, he was appointed to the reconstituted job of deputy supervisor.

Fast forward to this year. Tom Best Sr. has been highway superintendent for seven years. His son, Tom Best Jr., also a retired police detective, won a seat on the board and attended his first meeting as a councilman Monday night. And Tom Best Jr. voted with Councilman Michael Quinn to eliminate the position of deputy supervisor, which has been held by former board member Amy Ziegler. The post paid $1,600, and the board is trying to save money. The two councilmen are Democrats, Ziegler is Republican.

There may be more to come on that. Walters said eliminating the deputy supervisor's position could put the town in a precarious position. The deputy can declare a state of emergency when the supervisor is not available, and Walters said in that instance reimbursement for town spending in an undeclared emergency might be withheld.

Quinn said the issue may be revisited at the board's next meeting.

“Are you going anywhere the next two weeks,” he asked Walters.

“I may be,” Walters replied.

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