CHEEKTOWAGA – The Erie County Democratic Committee met Monday night to endorsed Cheektowaga Councilmember Tim Meyers to replace Erie County Legislature Patrick Burke following his successful election to the New York State Assembly in November.
Three people were under consideration for the endorsement; Tim Meyers, fellow Councilmember Brian Nowak (who received Mr. Burke’s endorsement), and South Buffalo resident Scott Wilson.
The party’s endorsement is traditionally the first step to fill a vacant seat in the legislature. The legislature which will fill Mr. Burke’s seat by appointment traditionally follows the will of the party.
“I’m ecstatic by the news,” Mr. Meyers told Cheektowaga Chronicle by phone Monday night. “The body has spoken, and I’m just looking forward to getting down there and getting some work done.”
He says one of his priorities is to bring relief to the “taxed to death” senior citizens of the 7th Legislative District.
“I’m looking to bring them some relief, and like I said tonight, our children are under siege. We read about it every day. These are some of the things I’m honing in on to help our Democratic party maintain the majority that we have.”
Mr. Meyers says his five years of experience on a town council with several factions have prepared him to work at the county level in a bipartisan fashion.
“I was always the man in the middle where I tried to work both sides to get a consensus and pass some legislation. I did that a lot of the time – not all of the time – but more so than not and I think that is one of my strengths. I can reach out and work with all types of people,” added Mr. Meyers.
There isn’t a set timeline for the legislature to appoint Mr. Meyers. Mr. Burke retains his seat until January 1st.
To preserve the Democrat’s majority in the county legislature, several sources tell Cheektowaga Chronicle that discussions will be had with Mr. Burke in the coming days asking him to vacate the county seat early allowing for Mr. Meyers to be appointed before January 1st.
As for his soon to be vacant spot on the town council, Mr. Meyers says the town needs a board that can get past their political differences and concentrate on working together for the betterment of the town.
“There are more demands. The budget gets more stressed every budget year. In this day and age, you have to become more creative, and you have to think outside of the box a little bit, and I think that it’s important moving forward that they get a board that can get passed the political side of it and really concentrate on working together.”
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