turnpike work on schedule - page 10 chorus sings of holidays 6 amherst news-time -o -.- '- op :r ra :-- 3 c i mayor cries foul budc says 'estimates' cost him the elecl by jason hawk news-times reporter outbound john higgins made strong allegations against city employees last week, saying that financial offi cials manipulated numbers in order to throw november election. said during a dis cussion with lorain county deputy auditor tuesday, he found diane eswine moved $1.5 mil lion from income tax accounts city's leaky general fund two weeks after "i find it suspect these moves were, magically reinforce budget biggest election issue just at time," said. believe cameron yuhasz (left), 4, meets santa fire station callahan dolacki (right), 2, shops for mom and dad santa's what's all ratchet? mechanic haws works out bums scraohe3 wrecked car rich's autobody north main street. haws' here will take off scratched paint before restores vehicle. also miraculously rise we'll sec our interest revenues inexplica bly shoot up next year. think both (treasurer kathleen) litkovitz arc doing this purpose." dismissed higgins's accusation, was departmental oversight, funds should have been earlier she added moving them late, her opinion, no difference budgetary projections or outcome 'those figures were factored into equations months ago. they had nothing do my department's statements throughout money routine process wc perform every year," "i'm not par ticularly politically motivated person. concerns welfare city, way aimed hurting mayor. there many more issues hurt other than budg et." after-the-fact accusations serve pur pose. "if wants blame his loss me feel good, that's fine, but don't under stand why needs cast right now because is over. has gain anymore." further accused purposefully mis managing investments. continued page12 sleigh spotted over church street saturday special breakfast, as part secret shop nordson depot. m recount reveals change; gambish board elections certified wednesday yielded change number votes received close-contending council at-large candidates david williams joseph gambish. democratic incumbent unseated five-vote margin, falling 1,862 republican challenger widening finally cooper foster lanes amhcrstonians holding their breath since 1992 keep an agreement widen park road. according higgins, first struck u deal road widened kathleen centurytel's annual tree's trains gambish's 1,867 votes. duo separated only six night, picked one williams's when provisional ballots counted friday, nov. 21. officials, automatic initiated margin less half percent. disappointed obviously, live life phi losophy door closes another opens. i'll remain active decade ago, k-mart built intersection leavitt foster, construction began project monday. workers fabrizi trucking paving company raw materials area days ago what estimated be 10-month, $1.9 million project. federyl funding bo used toad- treats event. meanwhile, community, i've already talked elect about that," williams. relieved," look forward being able contribute some positive factors i'm looking cre ating along others coun cil." mem ber president sandstone ambulance district board, well maintaining presence americans d 12 begins tat amherst's: $93,000 stonn sewer system south side which constructed. initial the: terra' lane four lanes, around. april contractors ther fosterleavitt , pacje .