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Tonawanda is bigger than you, West Seneca, and don't forget it

At Monday's Tonawanda Town Board meeting, a lot of people wanted to talk about a big new recreational plan that includes an ice arena taking the place of Brighton Pool.

Speakers, as usual, were asked to give their names and addresses.

Jeff Orlowski, of West Seneca, said he's the coach of the combined Kenmore-Grand Island girls ice hockey team and a longtime Kenmore East High School teacher. Orlowski said the pool's loss, while unfortunate, won't leave Tonawanda swimmers high and dry.

Tonawanda, he said, has "more pools per capita than any other town in Western New York," he said. "I live in West Seneca. We're bigger and we don't have as many pools ..."

"You're not bigger," Supervisor Joe Emminger objected, a comment echoed by Town Clerk Marguerite Greco.

"You may think you're bigger," the supervisor said, getting more laughs.

"We might think we're bigger," Orlowski conceded.

"I'll tell your supervisor that," Emminger finished.

For the record, census figures show Tonawanda has 73,044 residents while West Seneca has 45,340.

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