Letter in support of Bourke wasn’t by former undersheriff’s brother

Posted 21 June 2019 at 7:37 am


On Thursday a letter appeared on the Orleans Hub in support of Chris Bourke in the Republican Primary for Sheriff on June 25. The letter was authored by a Scott Smith of Churchville.

Since that posting I have been inundated with phone calls and text messages asking if my brother Scott wrote the letter. So, to put an end to the confusion, the answer is “No!” My brother lives in South Carolina.

I moved out of Orleans County shortly after the last election for Sheriff, and have been residing in Churchville ever since. Though it might be logical to assume that my brother (or some other relative) wrote the letter, it would just be another example of why one should never assume.

Finally, to eliminate any further confusion, if I were still a registered Republican residing in Orleans County, I would be voting for Brett Sobieraski on June 25, without reservation.

Steve Smith

Former Undersheriff of Orleans County