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Board of Elections: West Seneca petitions valid for public vote on library/community center

There are enough valid signatures to hold a public vote on borrowing for West Seneca's library/community center, according to the Erie County Board of Elections.

Residents filed petitions with 1,299 signatures, and 666 were required, according to Election Commissioners Ralph M. Mohr and Jeremy J. Zellner. The board found 162 signatures to be invalid, leaving 1,137 valid signatures.

The law requires a special town election to be held 60 to 75 days following the filing of the petitions. It is expected that the Town Board would schedule the referendum April 24, the same day a special election is to be held in the 142nd Assembly District, which includes West Seneca, to pick a successor to Michael Kearns, who was elected Erie County clerk.

Dan Warren, who started the petition drive, said the town should stick to the original project, which involved borrowing $8.43 million. The Town Board voted in January to borrow an additional $5.1 million to bridge the gap until state grants are received, and the town engineer said the town did not expect to borrow the entire amount.

Residents will decide in the referendum whether the town should borrow the additional $5.1 million.

West Seneca residents seek a public vote on new library/community center

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