Meyers seeking appointment to Erie County Legislature

Councilmember Timothy Meyers says he running for the Erie County Legislature if Tim Burke wins state office. (Chronicle File Photo)
Councilmember Timothy Meyers says he running for the Erie County Legislature if Tim Burke wins state office. (Chronicle File Photo)

CHEEKTOWAGA – Tim Meyers is throwing his hat in the mix to become the Democrat candidate to fill the 7th District Erie County Legislature seat soon to be vacated by fellow Democrat Patrick Burke.

Mr. Burke was elected to the state Assembly last Tuesday, and the Legislature must now appoint his replacement.

Mr. Meyers has been a member of the Cheektowaga Town Council since 2014 and is a life-long resident of the town according to a media release.  A 40-year veteran at the NFTA, he currently works as the Airfield Supervisor at Niagara Falls International Airport.

“This is a community I’ve lived in and loved my entire life,” said Mr. Meyers.  “It’s where I’ve raised my family, and where I hope my children will raise theirs. It’s been an honor to serve on the town board, and now I want to take that service to the next level.”

This is not the first time Mr. Meyers has expressed an interest in the county seat.  He said he would seek higher office should Mr. Burke win a special election in January to fill Micky Kern’s vacant Assembly seat after he was elected Erie County Clerk.

Mr. Burke lost to Erik Bohen who broke from the Democratic party to run on the Republican line.  Mr. Bohen was iced out from both Assembly caucuses when he arrived in Albany last spring.  Mr. Burke won the seat last week by 3,000 votes.

The county leg will be looking to fill Mr. Burke’s seat with a staunch Democrat who can retain the party’s majority in the future.  Mr. Meyers says he’s just that.

“I’m also proud to be a life-long Democrat with family roots in the party going back decades, and a member of organized labor throughout my entire working life,” Mr. Meyers said.  “I understand local government and the challenges working families face on a daily basis. I bring the personal and professional background this district needs in the Erie County Legislature.”

Mr. Meyers served as Supervisor Diane Benczkowski’s Deputy until last August when he relinquished the job to focus on his “political aspirations.

The 57-year-old is a member of Teamsters Local 264 and a past union officer for International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1949.  He and his wife, Valerie, have four children.

The 7th legislative district represents residents in Cheektowaga, Sloan, and part of South Buffalo.

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