CHEEKTOWAGA – Cheektowaga Councilmember Timothy Meyers resigned his town board seat and was sworn in as legislator of Erie County’s 7th Legislative District Thursday.
Mr. Meyers replaces the district’s former representative, Patrick Burke after he secured a seat in the state’s assembly.
The Erie County Democratic Committee met last week and recommended that the Legislature appoint Mr. Meyers to the office.
“Tim is going to leave a big hole on the board. I am going to miss him very much,” Supervisor Diane Benczkowski wrote in a text message to Cheektowaga Chronicle Friday. “Since he just resigned yesterday, the board hasn’t had a chance to discuss [the vacancy] yet.”
The town board has the authority under New York State law to appoint a replacement or leave the seat vacant.
Mr. Meyers told the Cheektowaga Chronicle last week that 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,” Mr. Meyers said.
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