Res­i­dent laments ‘cir­cus,’ ‘dis­grace’

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packed Town Board room, which is also the court­room. Many res­i­dents got there more than a half-hour be­fore the meet­ing started, and all were re­quired to walk through a metal de­tec­tor while their purses and bags were checked.

“That’s the un­for­tu­nate times we’re liv­ing in,” Mee­gan said of the in­creased se­cu­rity and metal de­tec­tor, which she said will be used at all fu­ture Town Board meet­ings. “It’s for ev­ery­one’s pro­tec­tion.”

“It’s get­ting scary,” Mee­gan said, de­scrib­ing the meet­ing as ter­ri­ble.

But she doesn’t en­gage with naysay­ers, she said, and she’s still ex­cited to go to work ev­ery day.

“I know we’re get­ting a lot done, I know we’re do­ing the best we can,” she said. “I’m not go­ing to be de­terred by neg­a­tive, false state­ments that are driven by hate.”

One res­i­dent sug­gested that Mee­gan has bought prop­erty in Mar­illa and is mov­ing there. “I’m not mov­ing to Mar­illa,” the su­per­vi­sor said.

Mee­gan said that this year’s bud­get meet­ings were more heated than last year’s, when she was vil­i­fied for propos­ing an in­crease of 29 per­cent in her salary. She ended up get­ting a 14 per­cent in­crease in her salary, bring­ing it to $72,500, plus $1,500 in the stipend for be­ing bud­get of­fi­cer. Anger over the raise con­tin­ued this year.

There were so many peo­ple at the first bud­get hear­ing this year that some could not get in the door at Town Hall. A sec­ond hear­ing was held at West Seneca West High School, draw­ing more than 400 peo­ple.

It was sev­eral hours into that hear­ing that Coun­cil­man Eu­gene P. Hart Jr., af­ter be­ing crit­i­cized, said, “Who the hell would want this job?”

Deanna M. Pagli­ac­cio, of Cen­ter Road, called him out on that Mon­day night. “If you think your job sucks, you can re­sign,” she said. “You can re­sign right now.”

Hart agreed that it was un­pro­fes­sional. “I apol­o­gize to you for say­ing that. It was the end of a long, frus­trat­ing night,” he said.

Joshua M. Smyth, of Oak­brook Drive, was dis­gusted with the whole board.

“This meet­ing, along with the past few oth­ers, has been an ab­so­lute cir­cus and a dis­grace to the town that I live in, and you guys should be ashamed of your­selves with the way this meet­ing has been con­ducted,” he told the board.

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