Who will be Cheektowaga’s next Deputy Supervisor?

CHEEKTOWAGA – Will you be the next Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Cheektowaga?  It could happen under New York Town Law.

The job is now open after Councilmember Timothy Meyers relinquished his duties Wednesday.

According to New York’s Town Law, Supervisor Diane Benczkowski now has five days to appoint Mr. Meyers’ successor or the power to fill the vacancy goes to the town council.

Ms. Benczkowski has not responded to Cheektowaga Chronicle’s request for comment Wednesday.

The deputy job has gone to a sitting board member that has allegiances with the supervisor.  As a councilmember, Mr. Meyers got the job under Ms. Benczkowski.  Councilmember Gerald Kaminski was deputy under Supervisor Mary Holtz.

Here’s the rub, the law says any “qualified” person could get the job saying, “Any person, including a town officer, official or employee, may be appointed deputy supervisor, provided that the person appointed shall possess the same qualifications as an elective town officer.”

Simply put, any resident who can vote in a town election is qualified.

The deputy supervisor serves at the pleasure of the supervisor and sets up to the plate during the absence of the supervisor.

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