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The Sun letter to the editor: Let the man hang his SAFE Act sign

Recently, a retired homeowner was charged by a Hamburg Town building inspector with posting a sign opposing the New York SAFE Act. This is a black eye for the town of Hamburg.

The man has a First Amendment to express his opinion. It should not be silenced by town bureaucrats, who hide behind technicalities because they or their handlers do not like certain political messages.

Their inspectors should be concerning themselves with the safety and integrity of buildings in the town, not preventing and obstructing free speech.

Some years back, I recall that one inspector, working under the current department supervisor, went around the town, removing dozens of expensive political campaign signs and trashing them. Many of these signs were on private property. Of course, they were for candidates opposing his own political party. The same party that appointed him to his job.

There is no room for overzealous employees in this department. They have authority that involves the lives, property and income of residents and business people.

It is my understanding that the current supervisor of the building inspector’s department has had that position for well over two decades. It is obvious that this office lacks discretion and common sense from its leadership.

It is my opinion that the supervisor should resign, or be removed from his position, for allowing the violation of this man’s civil rights. We do not need heavy-handed tactics used against the taxpayers of the town of Hamburg.

Hamburg Town Board: Are you listening?

Louis Marrara

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