It’s a sign of the times in Orchard Park, where party leaders try to limit political signs, and where politics and possible politics are brought up during Town Board meetings.
“A person is allowed, by law, to post a sign in his front yard if he supports a candidate,” Councilman David Kaczor said during Wednesday’s Town Board meeting.
Local party leaders have had handshake agreements over the years to keep political signs out of the town. The original agreement among the parties was created when the town’s ban on signs was determined to be unconstitutional – when challenged by a high school student – in 2001.
Town candidates seem to be following the ban, but town officials still have received calls complaining about them.
“I think if you look around Orchard Park, and I want to commend the current candidates that are running, there’s not a single one that has a sign out there,” Kaczor said. “The signs that are appearing in the town are for countywide candidates.”
He said when some party chairmen see a sign, they try to talk to the candidates and ask them to remove the signs.
Also Wednesday night, a resident criticized Supervisor Janis Colarusso for not owning property in the town.
David Schuster of South Freeman Road said he did not speak at the last board meeting, but he was publicly scolded by the supervisor for not being in favor of the proposed senior center, and she said she was concerned about the effect on her taxes. But Schuster said Colarusso doesn’t own property in Orchard Park, but does own property in Aurora.
Colarusso said she and her partner have lived on Chestnut Ridge Road in Orchard Park for the last 15 years. She said the property she owns in Aurora with her partner is an investment.
The requirements for serving as supervisor include living in the town, but there is no regulation regarding property ownership.