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Collins not seeking reelection to Hamburg Town Board

Come 2014, the Hamburg Town Board will have at least one new face as Councilman Joseph Collins will not seek reelection to the board, he announced on March 7.

的知 not happy with the direction of the board, Collins said, a Democrat, adding that he is concerned that the board has become the 斗aughing stock of the whole county.

The outgoing councilman believes a new town board is needed moving forward and thinks that for a variety of reasons, it is in the best interests of town residents that he does not seek a second term. His seat, along with that of Town Supervisor Steven Walters and Town Councilwoman Amy Ziegler are up for election in November.

In just over three years, Collins has been at odds with other board members, and through that time was not allowed to attend one meeting, censured multiple times and has been involved in a number of lawsuits involving the town.

While he said he intends to remain vigilant throughout his final year on the board, Collins said when he decided to run four years ago, it was not with the intention of making this his job.

的知 not a career politician, Collins said.

He said he has become increasingly frustrated that he does not feel he has any real say on the board, as currently Republican Supervisor Steven Walters and Republican Councilwoman Amy Ziegler serve as the majority.

The Hamburg Town Board reduced from five to three members at the start of 2012, so as a result, Collins believes he has had very little say as to what has been transpiring in the town over the last year.

However, he said he still intends to remain active with the town and wanted to ensure groups like the Rejuvenation Committee and the Conservation Advisory Board that he intends to assist them in the future.

Collins also said his experience serving on the town board over the last three years has helped him learn the inner workings of how government functions and it will help him remain effective as a member of the community moving forward.

Ultimately, he said one of his most important reasons for not seeking a second term was family considerations.

Collins said Sept. 15, 2009 was one of the best days of his life. It not only was the day he won his primary election, it was also the day he and his wife Deb became grandparents for the first time to twin boys Max and Carter. On top of all that, it was also his birthday.

Since then, the Collins have added two granddaughters, Kyla and Brynne and a fifth grandchild is due in July.

Hamburg is the town Collins grew up in, played little league baseball in and intends to continue to call home for years to come.

Collins added he is thankful for the opportunity to serve his home town.


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