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Legal Aid attorney named to Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals

The Amherst Town Board on Monday appointed a staff attorney from the Legal Aid Bureau to fill a vacancy on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Nina C. Potycz, who graduated from the University at Buffalo and its law school, had expressed interest in serving on a board or committee in the town and her legal background made her a compelling candidate for the position, Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa said.

She will serve on the Zoning Board through the end of 2022.

Potycz replaces Alissa Shields, who was appointed to the five-member board in January 2018 but recently resigned her post.

Shields did not give a reason for resigning, Kulpa said, and she did not respond to a request for comment from The News.

Shields is an environmental activist who has fought the proliferation of cellphone towers in neighborhoods. Earlier this year, she weighed running for a seat on the Town Board but opted out citing family considerations.

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