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February 26, 2013

Council member addresses recent arrest

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Board member Dan Crangle publicly commented on his recent arrest following a disagreement with his estranged wife, calling it a private matter not relevant to town business, at Monday’s town meeting. 

”I am embarrassed for my family for the attention this has received,” Crangle said Monday while reading a prepared statement. 

Town police charged Crangle with third-degree stalking and second-degree harassment Feb. 16. He was arraigned on the charges and was released. Crangle is scheduled to appear in court in March. 

A similar incident occurred in November, when Crangle’s wife called police after a fight. She declined to press charges in that incident as she was hoping “police interaction” would “change his behavior,” according to the police report. 

Following the recent arrest, Michael Vishion, who ran against Crangle in 2011 and managed the town’s concessions at the municipality’s public golf courses for four years, called for Crangle’s immediate resignation

”I was elected to a four-year term,” Crangle said, “And I will finish my term.” 

Crangle’s statement was welcomed by loud claps from the large audience. Two attendees also spoke Monday to support Crangle. 

”I was disappointed about how it was played out in the media, and I think this is a private matter,” James McGee, another former board hopeful who said he has known Crangle for 38 years. “It seems like people are trying to take advantage of a person’s marriage and drag it through the mud for political reasons.” 

In other town business, board members disagreed on the town’s extension of the contract with Public Employer Risk Management Association, which provides the town’s worker’s compensation coverage, at Monday’s meeting. 

The resolution comes after PERMA representatives presented their progress with their work on controlling workers’ compensation costs two weeks ago. Annual claim payments have been reduced from $1.4 million since the town began a contract with PERMA in 2010, to under one $1 million in 2012. FERMA also took on the town’s open cases for a one time fee, and have reduced the number of open cases from 2,500 to 50.

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