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Critics blast county over storm cleanup

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The snowball fight between County Executive Mark Poloncarz and some suburban supervisors and highway superintendents continues. Town officials fought back in front of the County Legislature on Thursday.

The fight has been going on since part-way through the major snow storm which hammered South Buffalo and the South Towns, with complaints the county wasn't helping enough.

The county executive says it's hard to fight seven feet of snow instantly and once outside resources arrived the snow was moved.

Speaking to legislators, town officials say they didn't get their share of resources and the emergency management computer system didn't help. Boston bailed out of the county-wide county road plowing and Poloncarz says other towns are helping.

"Eden is doing more work. The Town of Collins. North Collins and Concord is also doing more work. And, they're getting paid more for it," Poloncarz said.

"So, all I can say with regard to whatever the supervisor's been saying is: I just find it interesting that he's not talking to me and if he really wanted to resolve the issue, wouldn't he have called me? He doesn't seem to be doing that so I don't think he's really wants to resolve the issue."

Boston officials told the hearing there were problems yesterday, with some school kids not able to get to class because of plowing difficulties. Public Works Commissioner John Loffredo says budget cuts over the years have slashed plow crews and plows, with Legislature Chairman John Mills saying the county may have to borrow money to buy new plows.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.