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Behind the signs

Support lines up behind two groups fighting and supporting April 30 vote

Keep the Vote Bethlehem and Modernize and Economize lawn signs for the Highway special referendum vote on April 30.

Keep the Vote Bethlehem and Modernize and Economize lawn signs for the Highway special referendum vote on April 30. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— DiMaggio called the referendum a “power grab” by Clarkson, as did Cunningham.

Bethlehem Democratic Committee Chairman and Town Board Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn disagreed.

“Dozens of well run towns throughout the state (including Colonie and East Greenbush) have implemented identical reforms and consolidated their highway and DPW operations. Were all these reforms ‘power grabs’ by the leaders of those towns?” he said in an email. “Given that the GOP is traditionally the party of smaller government, it is mystifying how the chairman of the local Republican committee can be so adamantly opposed to this kind of common sense governmental consolidation that will save Bethlehem tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.”

Cunningham said his main goal until April 30 is to educate the public on the vote, a priority that was echoed by those on the other side of the issue.

“(We’re) trying to be a prevailing force in this election,” said Cunningham. “We respect how you feel on the issue, but I think everyone will agree that we need to have a fair election process and in my mind that is questionable.”

Both groups are on the web, at www.bethlehemvotes.com or search on Facebook for “Bethlehem Modernize & Economize.”

The vote will take place on Tuesday, April 30, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Town Hall.

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