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10/07/14 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Police Chief Jim Read listens to Town Board members as they discussed his budget request Monday.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Police Chief Jim Read listens to Town Board members as they discussed his budget requests Monday. Chief Read’s proposals were met with little opposition. But Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr.’s requests will be another story.

There was a gorilla in the Town Hall meeting room Monday.

Not a real, live primate, but Supervisor Jim Dougherty’s analysis of a Highway Department budget request that seeks a more than 23 percent hike in spending, but Mr. Dougherty has scaled back to less than 2 percent in his budget proposal for 2015. (more…)