Eight years ago when I ran for office for the first time, I took my candidacy directly to the people, and successfully won all five political lines. My family and I were never involved in politics. My dad was a steelworker and my mom stayed home and raised me and my three sisters. I attended public schools my entire life and earned my Juris Doctor in law from the University of Buffalo. We were a family of limited means.
When I made the decision to run for public office eight years ago, I wrote a letter to the Cheektowaga residents introducing myself and my background to the general public. In my quest for a third term, I thought it might be prudent to reintroduce myself to the public by using the same letter I used eight years ago.
In my introduction, it stated I was the former Chief of Narcotics for the Erie County District Attorney’s office, where I was primarily responsible for coordinating drug investigations with every police department in Erie County involving drug trafficking and narcotics. I also worked for 17 years as a prosecuting attorney in different capacities.
I am an experienced trial lawyer and the former town and village prosecutor for Cheektowaga and Depew. Early in my career, I was a deputy sheriff in Erie County and a graduate of the police academy. I was a certified police officer in the State of New York.
In 1996, I was selected by the district attorney to be a member of the prosecution team that assisted in the jury trial of the man who shot and killed a Buffalo police officer and I received a special recognition from the Buffalo police for their appreciation.
In 2019, I will be seeking to remain your town judge for a third term. The amount of work and responsibility is immense, but it is an honor to serve. Besides my primary duty of running the criminal courts, I have presided exclusively over our civil courts and specialty courts, such as our combination mental health/drug court and our domestic violence court.
If re-elected, my pledge will always remain to work with unceasing dedication. Thank you so much for everyone’s consideration in my quest to continue on as your town judge.
Judge Paul S. Piotrowski
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