It's been a heck of a week for former Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler. First the Buffalo News carries a story about Demler, through the town, providing cell phones to members of his family. Demler attempted to rationalize the giving of the phones to his friends and family by stating that the town actually made money by handing out the phones. Do you think he actually believes the bullshit that he spews?
WGRZ then picked up the piece. Demler once again attempts to defend the practice of giving town cell phones to his friends and family, but at least this time admits that "it was a bad judgment call". Ya think?
To top it off, WIVB had a story about buried ammunition in the backyards of homeowners in Wheatfield. It seems that about 11 years ago, ammunition, some of it still live, was buried in the yards of some town residents, and the DEC is now investigating this. Demler refused to comment on this one, so we'll add a little insight. Around 1999, the town bought tons of dirt to be used to fill in certain easements around the town. Instead, Demler directed town workers to place the dirt in planters and such around the town.
Problem was, the town ran out of the dirt that was supposed to fill in low spots. So Tim made a deal with a contractor who could provide low-cost dirt to the town. Demler never asked where the dirt came from. Turns out that this dirt was actually excavated from the property owned by a former ammunition manufacturer in the county. And it was loaded with live ammunition.
Now, since the dirt has made its way into the neighborhoods around town, Wheatfield has a problem on its hands.
It will be interesting to see if the DEC investigators are able to pull the history together. Knowing Demler, he likely made sure that any and all records of the transactions have disappeared.
What's sadly comical is that Demler continues to act like all of this is someone else's fault. He goes on TV with that smug little smile that he uses to seduce married women, thinking that it will make him believable. Even Monday, after the reports of the cell phone abuse started to come to light, Demler posted the following on his Facebook page: "Another GREAT day on the radio--12:15 1340 AM, (everyday). Good ratings ! Today is my Tracy's birthday--Nice dinner & lots of fun and thank you to Channel 2, Truthful story & exposure of the MORONS running our party & running our town---into the ground! Only 2 years of Cliffe & Helwig & New Taxes, I Hear there is some trouble coming for a certain attorney and some councilmen & missing water money? Stay Tuned!!"
I'm not what Channel 2 piece he saw, but the one I watched did not show him in a positive light - not by a long shot.
Considering that he is currently under investigation by the District Attorney, Attorney General, Comptroller and now the DEC, maybe it's time he learn the word "responsibility". He can go around claiming that all of this is politically motivated, but at some point, it all comes back to him and the way he conducted himself during his 14 years in office. The sooner he realizes this, the sooner he'll come to grips with what his future holds.