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October 30, 2013

Development debated

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Tonawanda News — But Hall said that the building needed too many repairs, including plumbing work, to be created into a center.

“It’s not handicapped accessible and there are no elevators,” he said. “To complete that construction on a building so old would be very expensive.”

Fourth Ward

Both Jopp and Koch said the city should be pressing Tonawanda Coke to stay in line with environmental regulations.

“We need to be staying on them,” Jopp said.

Koch agreed and said the potential fines from the sentencing of the corporation should go back to local residents. 

“These residents need peace of mind that their health isn’t going to be harmed by Tonawanda Coke,” she said. 

Erie County Legislature 

Republican Incumbent Kevin Hardwick and Democrat Bill Conrad are facing off for the Erie County Legislature’s fourth district seat. Hardwick noted that during his watch, there have been no tax increases and the body has begun working together again. In response, Conrad said the legislature is in need of new, fresh ideas, and that the body should look more closely at the budget to eliminate wasted resources. 

The candidates were also questioned about a lawsuit, in which Republicans attempted to get Conrad tossed off the ballot on an election law technicality. Conrad called the suit “frivolous,” and noted that judges decided that a postal worker mis-stamped the date on the late paperwork.

“They didn’t want opposition,” Conrad said.

But Hardwick argued that the challenge is part of the race, and said he has accepted the ruling and moved on.

Contact reporterJessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley

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