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November 2, 2012

Witryol says Maziarz-sponsored piece distorted her position on PCB dumping


Tonawanda News — As for her op-ed piece, Witryol said at the time she was attempting to explain what the agency actually did, not to justify it or support it, but rather to describe the specific process to the general public. She said she too had hoped the DEC would be able to get out of its deal for off-site removal. 

“He did nothing the first time because he knew the contracts had been signed,” she said. “We held out hope that the DEC could find a loophole in the contract but they couldn’t.” 

“If the contract’s already signed, you can’t rescind the contract and rebid it,” she added. 

As for the senator’s suggestion that her own political aspirations played a role in her thinking back then, Wityrol said she wasn’t interested and would have been foolish to pursue such a path to elected office. 

“In 2008 — according to this (flier) — I secretly wanted to run against Maziarz and picked a strategy of wanting to bring PCBs to the county? How silly is that?” she said. “It’s fascinating to me that Maziarz asserts that the DEC would rely on my opinion over his.” 

One thing not found on the 11-inch by 13-inch oversized postcard is any sort of indication as to who produced and distributed it.

On Thursday, Maziarz acknowledged that is campaign committee was responsible for it. When asked why it didn’t say he was behind it, Maziarz said his committee did not do so because “it’s not required to.” 

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