Rogowski mounts last minute write-in campaign

Cheektowaga residents gather in Town Park to remember those lost on September 11th.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – James Rogowski is mounting a last-minute write-in campaign to take back the council seat a judge says he gave up when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in September.

Mr. Rogowski is reaching out to his supporters by posting messages to Facebook, and sending text messages and emails.

“On election day, please consider voting for one of the hardest working labor man in New York State,” the message says in part. “Write-in Jim Rogowski for Cheektowaga Council.”

He goes on to say that he is a pro-union choice, a leader in economic development, and a strong supporter of veterans.

Mr. Rogowski confirmed to Cheektowaga Chronicle Monday night that he called the Erie County Board of Elections earlier in the day letting them know that the write-in campaign is happening and he hopes all the votes would be counted Tuesday night.

He’s running against party-backed candidates, Democrat Brian Pilarski, and Republican Doreen Friedrich.

State Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour ruled on September 18th that Mr. Rogowski vacated his seat when he pleaded guilty to a charge of Attempted Criminal Contempt on September 5th.  The charge stemmed from a domestic incident last February involving his wife.

Mr. Rogowski calls the legal action political and his attorneys are appealing Judge Montour’s decision.

His attempt to win a spot on the ballot under his “People’s Choice” party by mounting a petition drive in late September fell short.

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