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Amherst town board rejects special election for downsizing

By WBFO News

Amherst, NY – Lawmakers in Amherst Monday failed to pass a resolution to hold a special election in June for its downsizing referendum. That means when voters go to the polls this November they very well could elect a new member to the town board on the same night they decide to abolish the winner's seat.

Barry Weinstein vacated his board seat last year after becoming town supervisor. Since that seat could be eliminated in the downsizing vote, Weinstein pushed for a special election in June to prevent candidates from running for an office that might no longer exist. But a June vote would have cost upwards of $30,000.

Although the special election will not take place, the Board itself supports downsizing, have passed the resolution early by a five to one vote.