Rogowski’s court case delayed until next week

Chronicle file photo of Councilmember James Rogowski.
Chronicle file photo of Councilmember James Rogowski.

CHEEKTOWAGA – Councilmember James Rogowski will not appear in West Seneca Town Court as scheduled late Tuesday afternoon because his case has been moved according to West Seneca court officials.

He was originally scheduled to appear before West Seneca Town Justice Shannon Filbert at 5 pm to answer to Criminal Contempt and Menacing charges following his February 23rd arrest in that town.  But the case was recently moved to Erie County’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court.  His wife accuses Mr. Rogowski of violating a restraining order.

The move came as a shock to Mr. Rogowski’s camp when Cheektowaga Chronicle called Tuesday morning.  They were prepared for Tuesday’s appearance and received no notice the case was moved.

Since his arrest, many in the community, including the town’s GOP chairman, and fellow Democrats, have called on the embattled councilmember to either resign or take a break from politics.  Mr. Rogowski has said, “there is no reason for me to resign.”

The Integrated Domestic Violence Court adjudicates criminal offenses involving intimate partners. Essential features of the court includes a dedicated judge; specially trained staff; resource coordination; on-site victim advocacy; enhanced monitoring of defendants; and collaboration with technical assistance teams.

Mr. Rogowski is scheduled to appear on March 19th according to the District Attorney’s Office.