Cheektowaga Primary 2017: Candidate Profiles

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – September 12th is Primary Day in Erie County and voters will cast their votes to narrow the field of candidates for the 2017 general election.

New York is a closed primary state meaning people may vote in a party’s primary only if they are registered members of that party prior to election day.

Democrats will choose three candidates for town board.  Four are running, they are, James Rogowski, Brian Nowak, Timothy Meyers, Alice Magierski.

Conservatives will choose from Michael Kearns or Daniel Stelley Jr for County Clerk.  Also on the Conservative line is Ted Morton or Susan Marrano for County Legislator.

Michael Kearns also takes on Krystyna Karstedt for County Clerk on the Independence line, while Ted Morton faces Julie Bish.

The following candidates are running unopposed under the Reform party; Michael Kearns (County Clerk), Timothy Howard (Sheriff), Stefan Mychajliw (County Comptroller), Ted Morton (County Legislator), Patrick Delany, Roger Heymanowski, and Doreen Friedrich (Town Council).

Victor Canastraro, II is running unopposed on the Green Party line for County Legislator and John Bruso is running unopposed on the Working Families line for County Legislator.

Primary Day is September 12th.  Polls are open 6 am – 9 pm.  Find your polling place here.

Click here to view a sample ballot for your party. Below are you can find submitted profiles for your party’s candidates.  Profiles were not received for Stelley, Marrano, Karstedt, Bish, Mychajiw, Delany, Heymanowski, and Friedrich.

Cheektowaga Town Councilmember:

(Democratic) Choose three: James Rogowski, Brian Nowak, Timothy Meyers, Alice Magierski.

Alice Magierski for Town Council (Democrat):

Submitted campaign photo of Alice Magierski.
Submitted campaign photo of Alice Magierski.

In 2016 I ran for the one-year vacancy on the Town Board and the opportunity to serve the residents of our great Town.  18,233 registered voters considered me worthy of their vote to secure me the seat on the Town Board in 2017.

My projects so far this year have included beginning a Choose Cheektowaga Campaign to promote and market our Town as a great place to live and grow.

In partnership with our Police Crime Prevention Office and our school district’s, I helped host three-spring forums and one scheduled for the fall on Internet and Cyber Safety and Awareness.  I created a new Vehicle and Equipment Purchasing Requisition Form to give the Town Board a tool in approving these types of purchases.  I have also begun the process of improving our Town paper, envelope and office supply purchasing practices.

As the former Town Clerk/Tax Receiver and having served as the District Treasurer for the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District I have gained a strong understanding of government and the needs of our community.

I may not be a new face, but I am a face you know and can trust.  I may not be a new name but it is a name you know and a woman you can depend on.   I am confident that my knowledge, experience, and ideas will be a benefit to the Town Board and to our residents.

I have been honored this year to have earned the confidence and endorsement of the Cheektowaga Police Captains and Lieutenants Association, the Conservative Party, the Working Families Party, the WNY AFL-CIO, the Ironworkers Local Union No. 6, District Council #4 Painters and Allied Trades of America and Canada, WNY Council of Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the WNY Teamsters Joint Council No. 46.   Most importantly I am appreciative to have received the vote of 18,233 registered voters of Cheektowaga on the Democratic line in 2016.

It will be an honor to have the opportunity to serve the residents of our Town as your Councilwoman for the next four years.  Please Vote on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, in the Democratic Primary.  

Alice Magierski – 4A

A Name you Know – A Woman you can Trust.

The Right Combination of Knowledge, Experience, and Ideas.

Endorsed by: Cheektowaga Police Captains and Lieutenants Association, the Conservative Party, the Working Families Party, the WNY AFL-CIO, the Ironworkers Local Union No. 6, District Council #4 Painters and Allied Trades of America and Canada, WNY Council of Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the WNY Teamsters Joint Council No. 46.

Tim Meyers for Town Council (Democrat):

Submitted campaign photo of Tim Meyers.
Submitted campaign photo of Tim Meyers.

Tim Meyers was elected to the Town Council in 2013 and has served as the Deputy Town Supervisor since January 2016. Tim looks to continue his family’s strong commitment and dedication to public service that began with his dad, former Town Supervisor Ken Meyers. Tim is a true representative of the residents and listened to their concerns in 2014 when he voted ‘NO’ on going to an 100% assessment. He is currently endorsed by the Cheektowaga Police Club, Cheektowaga Police Captains & Lieutenants Association and the Western New York AFL-CIO.




Brian Nowak for Town Council (Democrat):

Submitted campaign photo of Brain Nowak.
Submitted campaign photo of Brain Nowak.

I’m Brian Nowak and I am running for Cheektowaga town council because we have a crisis in declining civic participation. We need a new generation of leaders committed to inclusive, open, and transparent government.

I’m 30 years old and I’m a first-time candidate for public office. My wife Holly and I have lived just across from the town park for the past 11 years. I graduated from Buffalo State College in 2011, the first in my family to get a college degree. Since then, I have gained experience managing area convenience stores, as well as working on various issues and political campaigns. I have experience taking struggling operations and making them flourish again.

I have spent the last four months going to countless doors daily, hearing from residents about this year’s election. What I’ve found is that they are thrilled to see a fresh face. I’ve heard their concerns about broken streetlights and needing roadwork, their concerns with the tax burden and the assessment process, and I’ve spoken with residents about their hopes for the future.

Here are some of my plans:

On safety – We need a council member devoting time to recruiting new volunteer firefighters. Cheektowaga’s volunteer fire companies used to have waiting lists. These days, they struggle to find volunteers, and our elected leaders need to address this issue.

On Taxes – Right now, we need to hold the line on taxes as we continue to invite town residents to participate in shaping the budget. We can maintain the high quality of services our residents have come to expect, yet find needed savings. Cheektowaga has an aging population. We have an obligation to our seniors to ensure that they do not have to choose between higher property tax bills and other necessities.

On quality of life – We have to address the issue of vacant “zombie” properties in our neighborhoods that sit empty for years on end, decreasing property values. New laws, new state grant money, and best practices from across the US will help us solve this problem.  We need banks and private owners keeping vacant properties up to code, ready for resale.  Cheektowaga has some serious problem properties in need of demolition. I have seen success stories when it comes to zombie properties, and I will bring about more as a council member.

On open government – I believe we need more open and transparent government. Cheektowaga should join Buffalo and Amherst in filming council meetings and putting them online. Our residents increasingly use the web and social media to interact with employers, doctors, and friends. Local government should follow suit. Filmed meetings will give residents the access they need to become more informed advocates for themselves and their neighbors.

In the coming years, we will have to make hard choices. We need someone new at the table, committed to making the best decisions for Cheektowaga residents based on their concerns. I ask for your vote in the September 12th Democratic Primary.

Jim Rogowski for Town Council (Democrat):

Submitted campaign photo of Jim Rogowski.
Submitted campaign photo of Jim Rogowski.

Rich in Ideas, Right for Cheektowaga. As a lifelong resident of our great town and a proud parent of three beautiful daughters along with my loving wife, it would be my honor to have your support on September 12th Primary Day to represent all residents in the Town of Cheektowaga and the Villages of Depew and Sloan.

Together, we can and will create a proud town where people come to work, to live and to raise a family, making Cheektowaga a destination for many.  As a councilmember, I have prided myself on “Thinking outside the box, demanding the best for everyone”, residents and businesses. Leading the way in Economic Development, a fighter and supporter for a greener communities, Supporting our Police-Strong on Public Safety; Dedicated to rebuilding & reinventing neighborhoods, Helping/Fighting /Standing up for Veterans and Firefighters. Leadership you can count on.  

As councilmember, you have seen firsthand my colleagues and I work together to promote fiscal stability, economic development, park beautification, provide public services and public safety. We have worked together collaborating for an open and honest government that works with people, listens to people/ businesses and understands peoples’/ business’s needs. We have moved our agenda forward, predicated on our constituents’ and business needs. 

I head the following committees as you town councilmember; Planning & zoning-economic development, Environmental Quality Review /Energy Conservation – green projectors making Cheektowaga a greener community. Cable & Utilities working on contracts with Spectrum, Verizon, Dish and Direct TV demanding the best for our town, Transportation Agencies Liaison, Historic Preservation, Veterans Affairs, and Youth & Recreation.

Today, more than ever, our community, our taxpayers, our residents, our businesses depend on representatives who have a proven record to get the job done. I have proven to be a viable board member who works together and who is dedicated, hardworking and honest. My work ethic, whether in the public sector or private sector, speaks for the best interest of all people.  Today, I ask for your vote of confidence for re-election to our town council position. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to continuing to work hard for all of us. I ask, on Tuesday Primary Day September 12th. Please remember me, I’ll never forget you! Vote James P.  Rogowski 1A.

Endorsed by: WNY Area Labor, WNY AFL-CIO, Cheektowaga Police-Captains & Lieutenants, TEAMSTER #449, TEAMSTER Local #264, NYS Nurses Association, CWA Nurses #1133, CWA Local #1122, NYSUT-LEA 2794

County Clerk:

(Conservative) Choose one: Michael P. Kearns, Daniel Stelley, Jr.

(Independence) Choose one: Michael P. Kearns, Krystyna M. Karstedt

We did not receive profiles for Daniel Stelley, Jr. or Krystyna M. Karstedt

Michael P. Kearns for County Clerk (Conservative, Independence, Reform):

Submitted campaign photo of Mickey Kearns.
Submitted campaign photo of Mickey Kearns.

As a cross-endorsed Assemblyman, Mickey Kearns has always been an independent voice, fighting against corruption and advocating for our community’s most vulnerable. He takes politics out of the job by focusing on real issues affecting real people. Now, Mickey is running for Erie County Clerk and wants to implement this people first policy at the Clerk’s office.

After 14 years in the private sector, and over a decade in public service, Mickey has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Erie County residents. Our community is important to Mickey, and his track record reflects his dedication to Western New York. He has worked across the aisle to get the job done:

  • Co-sponsored legislation to keep the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center open to save the children in our region
  • Led the Charge in Erie County to combat zombie properties and improve our neighborhoods
  • Fought to regain funding cut from our special needs community

As a New York State Assemblyman, Mickey Kearns delivered real results for his district by finding local solutions to local problems. As our County Clerk, Mickey wants to continue improving our community by:

  • Providing premier customer service at the Clerk’s office and DMV locations
  • Fostering small business growth throughout Erie County
  • Combating zombie properties
  • Continuing to support our veterans by growing the “Thank A Vet” program
  • Increasing access and advocate for our most vulnerable, including those with special needs

As a lifelong Buffalo resident, Mickey has spent his career working for the people of Western New York. A Bishop Timon High School and Canisius College graduate, Mickey is proud to give back to the community where he grew up. Mickey is the son of Mary, a Lackawanna native, and Paul, a South Buffalo Firefighter. He and his wife, Erin, live in South Buffalo with their daughter McKenna.

County Sheriff:

(Reform) Choose one: Timothy Howard

Tim Howard for County Sheriff (Reform):

Sheriff Tim Howard is the endorsed Reform Party candidate in the September 12 primary.  Tim has spent nearly 50 years in law enforcement and has received honors and awards for his service in fighting crime throughout our community.

Sheriff Howard started as a patrol officer in Gowanda then Eden.  He built a strong foundation as a police officer, and later met the high standards to join the New York State Police.  There, Tim earned multiple promotions and achieved the rank of Staff Inspector in the State Police, the fourth highest rank in an organization of more than 4,000 employees.  He coordinated the expert services in the State Police Forensic Investigation Center and supervised the Planning and Research Section which is responsible for developing program officer development and implementing technological advancements to fight crime.  He also ensured the agency’s officers maintained the high standards by conducting the most difficult internal affairs investigations.

As an outstanding law enforcement professional and public servant, Tim is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Brummer Award, the highest award given by the NY State Police for his actions during a 1982 domestic violence incident where his partner, Trooper Gary Kubasiak, was tragically killed.  He also received recognition from the New York State Legislature for his work to prevent school violence as well as the Hero’s Award from the 100 Club of Buffalo, the Erie County Law Enforcement Award, the Judges and Police Conference Outstanding Law Enforcement Award and the Attorney General’s Award in 2008.

As Erie County Sheriff, Tim has taken major steps to implement innovative and award winning programs within the Sheriff’s Office but his main focus remains protecting the citizen of Erie County and fighting crime – especially the opiate epidemic.  Sheriff Howard was one of the first law enforcement leaders to join the county’s Opiate Task Force, and his office provides services for individuals seeking help to break the addiction cycle.  The Sheriff has increased the size and activity of the Narcotics Unit to investigate and arrest drug dealers.  Since January 2017, Tim’s office has executed over 100 warrants and seized approximately 100 ounces of heroin and fentanyl, 250 ounces of cocaine, and recovered 44 illegally possessed firearms.  Sheriff Howard is committed to getting fentanyl and heroin off our streets and is allocating multiple resources to battle this epidemic throughout Erie County.

Sheriff Howard is a 2000 graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany.  He has taught extensively at the State Police Academy in Albany and the Criminal Justice Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  And because of Sheriff Howard’s expertise and dedication to protecting the public, he is the Co-Chair of Homeland Security Zone 15 that oversee counter terrorism activities.

Sheriff Howard is a husband, the father of three daughters, two sons and has six grandchildren.  He resides in South Wales, New York.


Ted B. Morton for County Legislator (Conservative, Independence, Reform):

For the past four years, I’ve had the honor to serve as Legislator of the 8th Legislative District and I am seeking re-election this year.

I’m proud of my time in office, serving the taxpayers of Alden, Cheektowaga, Depew, and Lancaster. During my tenure, the Legislature has cut taxes, held the line on spending and invested in our community. I will continue to uphold my pledge to fight for tax relief every year that I am in office. In addition, I led the fight to stop pay increases for elected officials.
We’ve increased funding to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic with millions of new dollars for innovative public/private partnerships with organizations and not-for-profits to find new ways to combat this epidemic. This issue is close to my heart, having lost my brother at a young age due to a drug overdose. It is critical that we continue to provide the necessary resources to combat this issue and prevent further loss of life.

I’ve worked to increase funding for roads, leading to the reconstruction of Penora Street, Rowley Road, Losson Road and Exchange Street. I advocated with my colleagues in local government to widen Transit Road, resulting in the removal of one of the train bridges in order to begin the long-term, improvement project.
We’ve increased funding for cultural programs and parks as well. Working with local officials and residents, I’ve led efforts to finally dredge Como Lake, resulting in the Legislature approving my recommendation to include the project as part of the Erie County Shared Services Plan. Dredging as part of the Shared Services Initiative will result in significant savings through collaboration with local governments.

I’ve worked with our local business community to remove bureaucratic red tape and create new jobs without using a single taxpayer dollar. I proudly sponsored the Made in America Act to require the county purchase goods and services made right here in the United States. The measure passed the Legislature in a nearly unanimous vote and awaits the County Executive’s signature. This law is good for our workers and manufacturers.

I proudly stood up to ensure our county’s union workers received a fair deal during recent contract negotiations.

In addition, I serve as a board member for WNY Kidney Connection, which connects individuals in immediate need of a new kidney with those caring enough to donate. I’m also a board member of the Lancaster Kiwanis and BB&G Charities, and have been a long-time member of the Dick Urban Community Association.

I am running for re-election to the Legislature because I’m proud of my record and I will continue to advocate for lower taxes and smaller, smarter government. Being your County Legislator has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I can count on your support to continue serving you.

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