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February 7, 2013

Tonawanda SD board fills vacancy

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Tonawanda News — In the letter, he cited the case, and said, “Certainly, the matter of replacing elected officials, should be subject to public input and scrutiny.”

But the case itself deals with a much more serious issue, in which a handful elected officials in a village entered into executive session for the purpose of switching around their respective positions. 

“Nevertheless, since it is the only decision that has dealt squarely with the issue at hand, I believe that it is appropriate to consider Gordon as an influential precedent,” the letter states. 

Smilinich, along with the district’s lawyer, Chris Trapp, each deny that the board did anything illegal or improper. 

“We did nothing wrong, we did as we were instructed,” she said. “The way that our attorney explained the case to us ... it’s really not applicable.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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