Cheektowaga politicians submit petition signatures 

CHEEKTOWAGA – Politicians vying for a spot on the primary ballot this June have submitted their petitions to the Erie County Board of Elections in time to meet the county’s deadline Thursday.

Cheektowaga Democratic Committee Chairman Matt Janiszewski tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that 76 volunteers collected 1,443 signatures for the party’s endorsed slate of candidates.

In February, the party endorsed incumbent Diane Benczkowski for town supervisor; incumbent Mark Wegner for highway superintendent; and incumbents Christine Adamczyk, Linda Hammer and Jerry Kaminski for three town board seats.

Kim Burst was endorsed for town clerk.  Incumbent Vicki Dankowski is retiring. Cheektowaga Police detective Dave Stevens was selected for town justice.  Town Historian Rick Rusiniak was selected to run for the empty town board seat left vacant when Tim Meyers was appointed to the Erie County Legislature.

“The Cheektowaga Democratic Committee has the most qualified and experienced slate of candidates on the ballot this year,” Mr. Janiszewski said.  “We are united, strong and working together as a team. We are not taking anything for granted though – our candidates will be out knocking on doors through Primary Day talking to the voters. Cheektowaga continues to move in the right direction and the endorsed Democratic team will continue the great progress that has already been made.”

Former Councilmember James Rogowski leads a trio of candidates challenging the offices of supervisor, highway superintendent, and town clerk.  Their 32 supporters gathered a total of 1,127 signatures according to Mr. Rogowski. He is listed alongside with town clerk candidate Margaret “Margie” Brezowski and highway superintendent candidate Dean “Dino” Szymkowiak.

933 signatures were collected for the petitions with the three candidates listed.  Ms. Brezowski collected 194 signatures on a solo petition.

“Every name we submitted today will be on the ballot on June 25th.  There’s no doubt in my mind,” said Mr. Rogowski.  “They’re fantastic people, well educated, and knowledgeable people that will do a better job and will continue to build Cheektowaga into a greater community.”

Incumbent Town Justice Paul Piotrowski did not get the party’s endorsement.  We could not connect with Mr. Piotrowski for this article, but he announced that he was seeking a third term. As of 3:30 pm Thursday, Mr. Piotrowski was listed to have filed a petition with the board of elections for the conservative line.

Republicans running for office are Scott Rybczynski for town supervisor; Henry M. Bartel and Anthony C. Runfola for councilmember.

Carol S. Przybylak is running for councilmember on the Green Party line.

The Primary election will be held on June 25th.  Polls will be open from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm.

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