Rogowski’s felony reduced to misdemeanor

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

BUFFALO – The Erie County District Attorney’s Office has reduced Cheektowaga Town Board member James Rogowski’s felony charge of criminal contempt down to a misdemeanor.

Mr. Rogowski appeared before Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges Monday morning in the county’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court.

The felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor criminal contempt charge. The District Attorney’s Office still alleges that Mr. Rogowski disobeyed a court order when he and his wife were said to be driving in separate cars on the New York State Thruway back in February. 

Pat Stafford, Mr. Rogowski’s defense attorney, entered a plea of not guilty. He tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that Mr. Rogowski is innocent and they will take the criminal contempt charge and a misdemeanor menacing charge to trial if need be. 

The matter will come before the court on May 31st.