Robert E. Herman has announced his candidacy for election as highway superintendent for the Town of Niagara.
In April, Herman was appointed by the Town Board to highway superintendent after Mike Moyer's retirement Dec. 31, 2010. Herman left the Town Board to accept the position. Herman's diversified career background in labor, finance and construction has given him experience to get the job done: carpenter millwright with Local 280; union leadership in the UAW at the General Motors Tonawanda engine plant (Local 774) and also the product outsourcing coordinator at GM; and directly working with finance and building business cases to understand the true cost to manufacture product and retain local jobs.
Herman has used his experience to change the direction of the town's Highway Department by adding new technology to road repair equipment and salt spreading equipment. Salt being the most expensive material used in the winter months, Herman was able to reduce salt need by over 25 percent with the purchase of new spreading equipment. Herman, a Democrat, also will be running on the Conservative, Independence and Working Families lines.