Amherst Open Government Advisory Board Will Be Holding a Candidate Forum for the Candidates on the November Ballot for Town of Amherst Positions

Oct. 11, 2019

Thursday October 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main Street

CONTACT Paul Wolf, Esq. (716) 435-4976 (Cell and Text Messages)
Paulwolf2@gmail.com

There are four candidates running for two Town Board positions and two candidates running for Town Clerk. All six candidates listed below have confirmed that they are attending the forum.

Deborah Bucki – Town Board
Steven Sanders – Town Board
Joseph Spino – Town Board
Michael Szukala – Town Board
Francina Spoth – Town Clerk
Jeffrey Zeplowitz – Town Clerk

This is a non-partisan forum, sponsored by the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board as a way to educate and engage the public regarding the upcoming election. The forum will be broadcast live on the Town of Amherst website and the video will be posted on the website afterwards for the public to view.
The format for the forum will be that each candidate will make a two-minute opening statement, followed by questions from the public where each candidate will have the opportunity to respond for one minute. At the end of the forum, each candidate will make a two-minute closing statement.

amherstimes.com – Last year this talk to the candidates night had over 100 people. in attendance. Their response to this event was high praise.

4 Responses to “Amherst Open Government Advisory Board Will Be Holding a Candidate Forum for the Candidates on the November Ballot for Town of Amherst Positions”

  1. Phil says:

    I would like to hear a response from the Amherst Board of Ethics, the Amherst Town Attorney and the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board as to whether they consider sitting on the Town Board and the IDA concurrently is a conflict of interest.

    Is it ethical that an IDA member make a proposal to the Town Board and then as Town Board member vote on that very same proposal?

    Is it ethical that Town Board members appoint IDA members who can become Town Board members concurrently and then are allowed to appoint new IDA members?

    This fosters cronyism and is appears to be the definition of “conflict of interest”.

    Can anyone from the Board of Ethics, Open Government Advisory Board, or Town Attorney explain why this is ethical, legal, and not a conflict of interest – what am I missing ?

    It seems that this practice should be stopped dead in its tracks immediately – before the next election.

  2. Doug says:

    Is it correct to conclude that Weinstein,his town board and the so-called attorneys were complicit in Sanders being allowed to remain on the two boards concurrently, thereby guaranteeing most favorable treatment to all developers at the expense of all other taxpayers?
    Now, Szukala feels entitled to have the same advantage and power bequeathed to him, if elected?

    It is no wonder people have lost trust in government in both parties, who blatantly plot to use their power to shaft regular citizens in deference to special interests and their agendas.

    Now, Szukala feels entitled to have the same advantage and power bequeathed to him, if elected?

    It is no wonder people have lost trust in government in both parties who blatantly plot to use their power to shaft regular citizens in deference to special interest and their agendas.

  3. Don Luke says:

    While all this Democrat town board keeps raising taxes on us residents. Time to vote them out

  4. Lydia says:

    Who do we vote for? The side that robbed Peter to pay Paul to keep taxes down while they simultaneously voted for millions and millions in tax breaks to their rich and famous developer cronies (Sanders). Or the side that is trying to correct the years of hiding expenses but is still in league with the IDA through (Zookala) who wants to serve both boards simultaneously.