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Amherst businessman launches bid for Town Board

An Amherst businessman hopes to force a Republican primary in September for two seats on the Town Board.

Christopher A. Drongosky said his central goal is proceeding with eminent domain of the former Westwood Country Club and transforming it into a recreation park of athletic fields, rather than see it developed into housing.

His candidacy sets up a potential primary with the town Republican Committee's endorsed candidates Joseph Spino, grant coordinator in the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and Erin Baker, chief of staff to Assemblyman Ray Walter.

Drongosky, 59, of Snyder, is a managing partner with specialty retailer Simply Certificates, an investor in a thoroughbred racing stable in Florida and owner of a racing stable in Pittsburgh.

He was previously a member of the town's Solid Waste Committee, Planning Board and Recreation Commission, which he served for six years.

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