When Jerry Schad refused to give me my district to get signatures for the Democratic candidates, he said I was carrying a petition for different candidates. I told him I didn’t have a petition to carry for anyone yet he refused to give me a district.
If a committeeman doesn’t have a district come October, you are out of the committee.
I asked Schad what do I do now that I didn’t have my district. He said, “You are part of that club. Get them to give you a petition.” He was referring to the Amherst Democratic Club which is a group of Democrats who met monthly to discuss topics common to all Democrats. I realized he didn’t know anything about the Amherst Democratic Club. They don’t have districts to give to out. *Better said, he knew, he was just acting like a jerk, passive-aggressive.
The following night “the club” was having their regular monthly meeting. Two of Jerry Schad’s close associates, attorneys Debbie Norton and Jeff Marion, came in to see who the members of this club were. This was 2 days before districts were allowed to be given to people to collect signatures.
Debbie was told that we didn’t have any districts for people to collect signatures. She understood there wasn’t anything being given out to anyone at the Club meeting. She sat at the bar, finished a drink and left.
There is another splinter group who also belonged to the Amherst Democratic Committee. This group is called the Progressive Democrats. This is the same group mentioned by the attorney who is searching for over $160,000 dollars missing from money which was to be spread around to the candidates in the the last election. The President of this group is Mike Szukala, a man who was given a choice job in the Social Service Department by his best friend, our Erie County Executive, Mark Polencarz.
Dennis Ward, Co-Head of the Erie County Board of Elections, is no longer a member of the Amherst Democratic Committee since he was exposed. To be a member of the ADC you must live in Amherst. He has lived in Kenmore for the last 3 or 4 years. So much for honesty!
Mr. Dennis Ward came to the ADC meeting and said he would track down the $110,000 which was part of the $260,000 that was collected and was supposed to be given to political candidates. Dennis didn’t find the money. He turned the job over to a different agency who made no effort to find the money.
Dennis Ward has let it be known he wants to be endorsed for a State Supreme Court Judge seat. I’m thinking a judge should be honest. So much for Dennis.