TCEA endorses council candidates; first time in 20 years

CHEEKTOWAGA – For the first time in over 20 years, the Town of Cheektowaga Employees Association made endorsements of who they think their members should vote for town council.

TCEA Executive Board Member Timothy Schlegel tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that the president on the union thought it was important that the union make the endorsements and created a committee of five union members representing white collar workers and blue collar workers to do so.

The committee created four questions and sent them to the candidates from the Democrats including Alice Magierski, Republicans, and the Green Party candidate.  Mr. Schlegel says the Republicans did not respond and Green Party Candidate Carol Sandy Przbylak missed the deadline to be included in the union’s deliberations.

The committee chose Councilmembers Tim Meyers and Jim Rogowski.

“They were pointed questions about taxes; we told them that we want fair representation of union and also as a paying taxpayer.  Through those questions, they stood out to be the most honest and forthcoming,” said Mr. Schlegel.

“It was a lot of work to come up to this point and we did not blindly endorse, that’s one thing we said right off the get-go.  We did not want to blindly endorse anybody,” added Mr. Schlegel.