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The Sun election 2013 coverage: Boston

Jeffrey Genzel
Heidi Higgins
Jay Boardway
Martin Ballowe
[photo1Martin Ballowe
Boston Town Supervisor

Martin Ballowe is running for reelection as the Boston town supervisor.

Ballowe and Mary, his wife of 17 years, live in the town of Boston with their three children: Emma, Ella and Aaron. They are members of Saint Bernadette’s Church.

He is the owner of two businesses: Suburban Pest Control and Suburban Property Maintenance.

He said that he is committed and dedicated to the Boston community and added that, by working an average of 30 hours per week, he is visible and accessible to town members and employees.

Ballowe is responsible for new safety features at the town hall, including line-striping speed bumps and safety ballards. The “Buy America Bonds” refinanced Water District No. 3, which saved the town of Boston more than $900,000.

He started the first 4th of July celebration at no cost to tax payers, raising $5,000 each year.

Ballowe established the first “Kids Day,” which takes place at the end of summer recreation.

Ballowe has been endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Working Families and Independence parties.

Gary Vara
Boston Town Supervisor

Gary Vara, who has resided in the town of Boston for 26 years with his wife Betty, is running for Boston town supervisor.

He is the former director of recreation in Boston.

“I believe that town government is just as important to the character of the community,” he said. “As a town board member, what I have witnessed over the past two years is a board majority that failed to keep their promise of transparency and to run our government like a business. Instead, it is a majority that prioritizes politics and developers over taxpayers, as well as disrespect for our volunteer firefighters.”

He said he believes there is a need for change and responsible leadership.

”It is time to fight and time to restore integrity and dignity to our community,” he said.

Vara has been endorsed by the Democratic Party.

[photo2]Jay Boardway
Boston Town Board

Jay Boardway is running for reelection as town councilman in Boston.

He and his wife Barbara have been married for 25 years and have three children: Kelly, Colin and Patrick. The owner of Boardway and Associates for 21 years, Boardway is a licensed worker’s compensation claimant’s representative. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He fought the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to save the route 74 bus line in town, which was slated for elimination.

He renegotiated a contract with the town of Hamburg for fire and EMS dispatch services, saving $120,000 over four years, and ensured local dispatch for volunteers.

Boardway also put a re-bid on the town’s liability and worker’s compensation insurances, which saved more than $37,000 in 2013.

“It has been a privilege to serve the residents of the town of Boston for the past four years,” he said. “It will be an honor to serve you for four more.”

Boardway has been endorsed by the Republican, Working Families and Independence parties.

[photo3]Heidi Higgins
Boston Town Board

Heidi Higgins has been endorsed for the Boston Town Board by the Democratic and Conservative parties.

She, her husband Tim and their sons Tristan, Connor and Tim Jr. built a home in Boston in 2004.

Higgins earned an associate degree in business administration from Erie Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Hilbert College in 2009.

She said that, if elected, she will “bring responsible checks and balances to our town government, work to restore respect for our volunteer firefighters” and “restore a government that puts residents first, over political gain.”

[photo4]Jeffrey Genzel
Boston Town Board

Jeffrey Genzel is running for reelection as a Boston Town Board member.

He and his wife Mary have been married for 15 years. They are the parents of 11-year-old Grace and 9-year-old Evan. He has owned and operated Genzel Land Surveying P.C. for 12 years. Genzel and his family belong to the Saint John the Baptist Church in Boston.

He created an engineering liaison position to watch over engineering costs, which saved taxpayers $120,000, during the past three years. He established the Eighteenmile Creek-clearing program in a stated effort to help prevent future flooding for citizens along the creek. He instituted a planning and development checklist to help applicants move through the planning process. Genzel also organized the first Boston Ethics Committee, to hold politicians responsible for their actions.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a councilman over the last four years, helping make Boston a better place,” he said. “I would be honored to serve the citizens of Boston for four more years.”

He is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families parties.

JoAnne Bonsack
Boston Town Board

JoAnne Bonsack has been endorsed for Boston Town Board member by the Democratic Party.

Debra Bender
Boston Town Justice

Debra Bender has been endorsed for Boston town justice by the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families and Independence parties.


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