A high-profile Erie County Legislature race may only be 24 hours old, but the two candidates are off to a fast start.
Kevin Hardwick, a Republican Canisius College professor and local political commentator, announced on his Sunday radio show that he will challenge Democratic Legislator Michele Iannello for her 10th District seat.
In response, Iannello on Monday sent out a written statement attacking Hardwick for, among other things, voting “to raise his own pay” while a member of the City of Tonawanda Common Council in 2001.
The “Hardball with Hardwick” host swung back Monday, saying Iannello’s charge was “a bald-faced lie.”
Hardwick said he actually received a lower salary when he left the council in 2001 to run for Erie County Legislature than when he was elected. He said he “led the charge” to cut pay for councilmen, cutting his part-time salary from $6,719.88 in his first year (1996) to $6,500 in his last year (2001).
Hardwick said he did vote in favor of raising council pay to $7,000 for the council that would be seated in 2002, but that he never received the raise because he wasn’t seeking re-election.
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