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Government Waste
Town of Lancaster gets scathing Comptroller’s report on purchase of Colecraft Building and fire contracts – Part I: Colecraft Building purchase
Lee Chowaniec
Following is an audit report from the NYS Comptroller’s Office (OSC) on the Town of Lancaster entitled Financial Management. This audit was conducted pursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the State Constitution and the State Comptroller’s authority as set forth in Article 3 of the General Municipal Law. This audit’s results and recommendations are resources for local government officials to use ineffectively managing operations and in meeting the expectations of their constituents.

Oct 12, 2012, 14:49

Government Waste
Lancaster held no public hearings on reliever airport expansion
Lee Chowaniec
At the January 17th Lancaster town board meeting resident Kevin Lemaster, a member of the Safe Aviation Coalition (SAC), addressed the board and told them that he has been in contact with the FAA questioning their decision to fund the airport project through the years, or to even fund it in the first place without public hearings.

Feb 13, 2012, 14:31

Government Waste
Town of Lancaster did not act responsibly on police building project say residents; Part III: Lawsuit
Lee Chowaniec
One of the charges made by Councilman Mark Aquino in his Lancaster Bee editorial was that a citizen lawsuit delayed the police facility project from moving forward. For that reason a change in building codes over that period of time resulted in the cancellation of the Walden Avenue Colecraft building project and the change to a new build on Pavement Road.

Jul 21, 2011, 12:49

Government Waste
Town of Lancaster did not act responsibly on police building project say residents; Part II: David vs. Goliath
Lee Chowaniec
Stepping into the arena to do battle with the Lancaster Town Board, feisty, senior citizen Henry Gull addressed the board on Councilman Mark Aquino’s Bee letter where he stated that the town acted responsibly in their managing the eight year old police building project.

Jul 20, 2011, 09:24

Government Waste
Town of Lancaster did not act responsibly on police building project say residents; Part I
Lee Chowaniec
In a recent Lancaster Bee ‘Letter to the Editor’ publication, Town of Lancaster Councilman Mark Aquino opined that the town acted responsibly throughout the eight year period from purchase of the 3949 Walden Avenue Colecraft building to the decision to change plans and construct a new build on Pavement Road.

Jul 19, 2011, 11:19

Government Waste
State Comptroller's Report on Industrial Development Agencies
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out today with a report on the progress of New York State's Industrial Development Authorities that questions how effective they are in creating jobs with taxpayer subsidies.

Jul 13, 2011, 09:24

Government Waste
Lancaster Town Board non committal on possible change in police building project/location, Part II: Resident and student comments
Lee Chowaniec
After the writer opened up the discussion on the police project and received no definitive answers a resident and two students commented on the Walden Avenue police facility renovation project and status.

Mar 23, 2011, 10:27

Government Waste
Lancaster Town Board non committal on possible change in police building project/location, Part I
Lee Chowaniec
“Is there anything going on with the plans to renovate the Walden Avenue police building,” the writer asked the Lancaster Town board at Monday evening’s meeting. “Nothing has changed,” replied Council Member Ronald Ruffino. “We are still crunching the numbers and nothing has changed.”

Mar 22, 2011, 10:29

Government Waste
Kevin Gaughan's Report - The Cost
Michael Rebmann
Kevin Gaughan presented his study, The Cost, to a receptive gathering at Hallwalls yesterday evening. The study was to determine the cost of our elected officials in the Greater Buffalo area (Erie County). The purpose of the study was not only to reveal what taxpayers are paying for local government, but also to compare our area to other areas in the Country.

Oct 26, 2006, 15:42

Government Waste
Who Does Lancaster’s Town Attorney Work For?
Gary S. Howell
Elected and appointed officials are supposed to work for the taxpayers. After all, taxpayers pay their salaries. Mr. Sherwood’s letter raises the question; “Who does he really work for?”

Sep 6, 2006, 19:19


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