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Lewiston Supervisor Race Heats Up Reiter will Face Village Trustee Brochey

Dennis Brochey

Former County Refuse Director Richard Pope, Lewiston Council Member Mike Mara and Lewiston Supervisor Steve Reiter.

Dennis Brochey, a long-time Lewiston business owner and Trustee for the Village of Lewiston is running for Town Supervisor. The Democratic candidate owns Dennis Brochey’s Automotive on Center Street.

My greatest concern for the Town of Lewiston is spending and how to control it,” Brochey says. “As a business owner I understand the need to carefully plan spending projects and make sure all your obligations can be met.”

 Brochey wants a comprehensive review of the proposed town recreation center. “The recreation-civic building is a nice idea but, as conceived, it will lock up Greenway money for years to come and would prevent the town from pursuing any other projects,” Brochey says.

I hope we can have an open discussion about the site selection, the operating costs, the role of the school district and other issues relating to the project leading up to a public vote on the proposal, with that public vote taking place at more than the one polling location currently planned by the Town Board”, Brochey says. “Too much of the planning for the recreation center and other Town business is done behind closed doors with little or no public input. I want to change that.”

Brochey also questions spending at Joseph Davis State Park and the Town’s role in its future. “We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars so far and we just have a parking lot and the grass gets cut on property that will never be owed by the Town,” Brochey argues.

He says his experience as a Village Trustee has helped him gain insights into how the present leadership in the Town has become a "political club" for the Supervisor Steve Reiter and patronage machine that often fails to serve the interests of the entire Town.

Dennis Brochey and his wife Cathy Maksiak Brochey both graduated from Lewiston-Porter High School. They have a son and daughter and two grandchildren. Brochey has been active in many community and civic organizations. He’s a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston and chaired the Club’s Block of Dollars for Women and Children’s Hospital. He is also “Co”-Co-Chair of the 2013 Lewiston Peach Festival,  will serve as Co-Chair in 2014, and in 2015 will be Chairman of the Peach Festival.  He received the Kiwanis “Buster Lombardi Award for Community Service”.

Brochey is a member of Lewiston Moose Lodge and the Lions Club and he received the Lions Club “Community Service Person of the Year” Award.  Five times he was selected the winner of the NAPA ASE Automobile Technician of the Year for Western New York. He has also received national recognition for his work in automotive technology.

Brochey has received numerous awards from Military Family Support Groups in Western New York. He is an avid weight lifter and has served as a director for several power lifting organizations. He is the founder and director of the Red Brick Bench Press Championships that have raised more than $94,000 for military troops and their families over the last nine years.

I love Lewiston and want to make it a better place to live for all of our families. I’m new to public service but for me it’s an extension of the service I have always tried to provide to our great community,” Brochey says. “I want to become Town Supervisor to share my experience and work on behalf of all the people. I have never been a  partisan person and am not seeking this office for my gain. I sincerely believe I have much to contribute and now is the time to do that.”

Brochey will face incumbent Supervisor Steven L. Reiter who was first elected supervisor of Lewiston in 2009, ousting Democratic Supervisor Fred Newlin, an ally of former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte.  Prior to running for the town’s top job, Reiter was Lewiston’s highway superintendent for 19 years.

The colorful incumbent, who has weathered investigations by the FBI, criticism from opponents for using a former highway department vehicle as his official vehicle, and accusations of brusque conduct bordering on physical altercations with opponents, has managed to win by impressive margins in a town that is closely divided between Republicans and Democrats.

Against Newlin, Reiter took 55 percent of the vote to just 39 percent for the incumbent, beating him even in his own neighborhood.Two years ago, Reiter was unopposed on the ballot.As highway superintendent, when he actually was opposed, Reiter won by nearly two-to-one.

The demographics of the town and village offer a potentially close race, and Democrats have seen some moderate gains at the village level as of late.

 

 

Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

JUN 04, 2013