Ray Bienik retires with 31 years of service to Cheektowaga

(L) Ray Bienik retires after 31 years of service to the Town of Cheektowaga. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
(L) Ray Bienik retires after 31 years of service to the Town of Cheektowaga. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Fellow Town of Cheektowaga employees and elected officials gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the lunchtime retirement party of Ray Bienik.

Mr. Bienik retired as a Working Crew Chief from the Buildings and Grounds Department after working 31 years for the town.

“At the end of the day when you look back, and you can see everything that has been accomplished and all with the help of the guys that work here.  Nothing can be done without them.  We have a good bunch of guys here, and we work together,” said Mr. Bienik.

Ray Bienik retires after 31 years of service to the Town of Cheektowaga. (TOC Photo)
Ray Bienik retires after 31 years of service to the Town of Cheektowaga. (TOC Photo)

He was hired as a general mechanic in June 1986, a position he held until his promotion to Working Crew Chief in 2009.  Before that, he was a planning board member and motor equipment operator in the Village of Sloan.

John Jaroszewski Jr., General Crew Chief for the Buildings and Grounds Department says Mr. Bienik’s experience, attitude, aptitude, and workability is top notch and he’s going to have a tough time filling his shoes.

“They don’t make that size.  That’s a special order, and it’s a tall task with the multi-variations in tasks that he does.  It’s going to be a tough task to find a replacement,” said Mr. Jaroszewski.

A 37 year Life Member of the Sloan Fire Company, Mr. Bienik is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, grandchildren, and parents all from his comfy Sloan home.

“I’m anchored here.  I live in the Village of Sloan, and that’s where I’m staying,” said Mr. Bienik.