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Voters cool to Hamburg rink plan

   There were just over 2,100 people voting in the referendum Tuesday that rejected the expansion of the Hamburg ice rink Tuesday.

   A positive vote would have resulted in the town leasing the facility to a private company to renovate the existing rink, add another ice pad and field house, as well as manage the facility.

   Some residents said this isn't the right time economically to undertake the project.

   Town Supervisor Steven J. Walters said maybe residents weren't happy with the scope of the project, or thought it was too ambitious.

   Jeff Walker of Leaping Sports Facility Management, the company that made the proposal, said he was surprised at the outcome. He said the soccer, lacrosse and hockey parents didn't come out to vote.

   So if hockey parents didn't vote, who did in the town of 56,000, and why did 59 percent of them turn it down?

   --- Barbara O'Brien


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