Weekly Feature



2017-11-09 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Nov. 12, 1992


LEYDECKER ROAD BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION — This photograph from 1934 shows the beginning of the Leydecker Road bridge construction to replace the original wooden, covered bridge, which stood at the site for 80 years. The view looking north toward Seneca Street shows the foundations being built on the Cazenovia Creek bed for the bridge’s concrete supports. 
Courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian LEYDECKER ROAD BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION — This photograph from 1934 shows the beginning of the Leydecker Road bridge construction to replace the original wooden, covered bridge, which stood at the site for 80 years. The view looking north toward Seneca Street shows the foundations being built on the Cazenovia Creek bed for the bridge’s concrete supports. Courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian • Property taxes will increase and four sheriff’s road patrols will be eliminated in a proposed budget released Tuesday afternoon by Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski. Rural communities such as Clarence would be directly affected by the sheriff’s department shakeup, and the agency would lose other employees as part of a cost-cutting move. While the tax rate would drop from $9.06 to $8.44 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, the taxes being collected would soar by more than $22 million.

• Town officials gathered Monday night to iron out details on the coming special district referendum, but created more questions than were answered. A petition drive, spearheaded by Councilwoman Barbara Rudnicki and former Councilman Christopher Walsh, has obligated the town to hold the referendum between 60 and 75 days from Oct. 22, the day after signatures were formally submitted. Citizens will be voting to decide the future of the special sanitation and lighting districts, created by the board several months ago.

• These days the job market is fast and furious, with many employees regularly changing companies. West Seneca resident Genevieve Skopinski is a reminder of how it used to be. She spent the past 50 years in the same manufacturing plant before deciding to retire several weeks ago. She had been at the plant longer than any other employee when she left.

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