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Positions open for local elections in Western New York

SPRINGVILLE — Several officials on local town boards and the Springville-Griffith Institute School District will see their terms of office expire, during the next election.

The position of Boston town supervisor, currently filled by Martin Ballowe, will expire this year, as will the town board positions held by Jay Boardway and Jeff Genzel. The town justice position, currently filled by Debra Bender, will also expire.

East Otto Town Supervisor James Beach’s term will also expire, as well as the positions of town clerk, highway superintendent and two board members, currently held by Ann Rugg, Tom Benz, Richard Grey and Michael Poch, respectively. The East Otto election will be held in November.

The term of Sardinia Town Supervisor Mary Hannon will expire, this fall. Terms of two board members, Cheryl Earl and Daniel Miller, will expire, as will that of Town Clerk Betsy Marsh, Highway Superintendent Donald Hopkins and Town Justice Sharlene Vossler.

Collins Supervisor David Tessmer will see his term expire, this year, in addition to Collins Highway Superintendent Dennis Jensen’s, councilmen Robert Gaylord’s and Mary Clark’s and Town Clerk Becky Jo Summers’.

Two Ashford Town Board seats will be listed on the November ballot. The positions currently held by William Heim and John Pfeffer will be expiring. Town Justice Richard Neumann will also see his term expire.

The seat filled by Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito will be listed on the November ballot.

Also seeing their terms expire will be Concord Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains, Town Clerk Darlene Schweikert, Town Justice Leslie Gibbin and two councilmen, Jim Krezmien and Bill Snyder.

Three seats on the Springville-Griffith School Board will expire, this year, including those currently filled by Janine Caimano, Stephen Schunk and Board President Mel Williams. Due to the passing of a proposition to downsize this school board, only one seat will be filled. District voters approved reducing the size of the board from seven to five members, last May.

The school board vote will take place on May 21. School board candidacy packets may be obtained by calling School District Clerk Kathy Tucker at 592-3230.

Two Colden Town Board positions will appear on the November election ballot.

The posts of Colden town supervisor and superintendent of highways will also be listed, on the ballot.

Residents who are interested in running for any of these positions may obtain more information from the Erie County Board of Elections at 858-8891 or

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