The political season is heating up in Lancaster town circles, with endorsements announced for two town council seats, the town justice race and highway superintendent in the November election.
The Town Board race will feature two Democratic incumbents seeking re-election and facing challenges from two newcomers, endorsed by the Lancaster Republican Committee.
Squaring off against Democratic-backed councilmen Ron Ruffino and John Abraham are GOP-endorsed candidates Robert Leary, a former federal law enforcement officer and assistant vice president in the Surveillance and Investigations Unit at First Niagara Financial Group, and Patrick Sportelli, who has a background in finance and real estate. Sportelli also volunteers as a member of the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Commission.
Republican Committee Chairman Robert Matthews announced the endorsements of Leary and Sportelli, as well as the endorsements of Anthony Cervi for Lancaster town justice and Joseph Brainard for highway superintendent.
Cervi, an attorney, specializes his practice in matrimonial and family law, real estate, corporations, personal injury, wills and estate planning and civil litigation with a high concentration in criminal defense in misdemeanor and felony trial work.
The Democratic town justice candidate is Town Councilman Mark Aquino, an attorney. He is in the middle of his Town Board term.
Brainard will be trying to unseat Highway Superintendent Daniel Amatura, the Democratic incumbent. Brainard is co-owner of Double Down Transportation Services, with experience in union and non-union work places, budgeting, bids and postings.
Matthews praised the GOP slate of town government candidates and urged voters to consider electing Republican-backed candidates. “Our community has been dominated by the same group of people for 20 years. This year, we offer the residents of Lancaster the chance to build a new majority in the Town of Lancaster,” Matthews said. “This new majority will fight for the residents of Lancaster, and join Supervisor Dino Fudoli in controlling reckless town spending and restoring fiscal accountability and transparency to town government.”
Lancaster Democratic Committee Chairman Paul Tarapacki had a sharp comeback to Matthews’ statement, staunchly defending the Democratic-controlled town government. “The residents of Lancaster have been well-served by a Democratic team that has put the interests of the people ahead of their own personal gain or partisan theatrics,” Tarapacki said. “We will continue to provide our citizens with a government that serves with integrity, is responsive to the needs of the community and is responsible to the taxpayers.”
Also this week:
• The Lancaster Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. The work session will precede a regular business meeting at 7 p.m.
• The Lancaster Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.