The town of Hamlin is buzzing about a public dispute going on between the town supervisor and a town dog control officer. The fight is over the dog shelter's Facebook page.
Town supervisor Tom Breslawski claimed at Tuesday's town meeting that David Maynard used town resources and "conspired" with other employees and elected officials to deceive voters, apparently all in an effort to get Breslawski's opponent elected in November.
Breslawski says Maynard shut down the shelter's page to manufacture an issue.
The supervisor read several messages aloud that he alleged were between Maynard, other town employees and residents. Breslawski said he got some of the messages off Facebook and employee emails.
From there, the meeting degraded with some residents and even some other town board members shouting at the supervisor.
Maynard says Breslawski took the Facebook page down and he said that effectively prevents dogs at the shelter from being seen and then adopted.
"He's bullying me because I don't back him in the upcoming election and he's taking it out on the people of the shelter, and that's not right. Right now, we can't do anything with our Facebook page. He's taken our passwords. He's shut us down. We can't get donations. We can't post our dogs," said Maynard.
A number of town residents in support of the dog shelter protested outside of town hall.
Breslawski says the shelter is still open and that he supports the work that goes on there.
"He can support whoever he wants, but he cannot manipulate town resources and he cannot conspire with other town officials to manipulate town resources in a way that's going to influence the public and thus influence the election," said Breslawski, R-Town of Hamlin.
Maynard is still an employee with the town of Hamlin. However, the dog shelter Facebook page is still offline.
The incumbent Breslawski is facing off against Conservative Eric Peters in next month's supervisor race