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Audit: Cheektowaga "Wasted" Thousands in Public Money

TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA – A state audit released this month blasted the Town of Cheektowaga for mishandling public works contracts and "wasting" hundreds of thousands of dollars, in one case potentially costing taxpayers an extra $600,000 by choosing an inappropriate bid for sidewalk replacement.

The audit, conducted by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office, also criticized the town for appearing to "structure and award a bid for public works projects inappropriately." According to the audit, which analyzed the period between Jan. 1, 2010 and Aug. 28, 2013, the town "did not properly award" two contracts for both public works and a sidewalk replacement, which resulted in unfavorable contracts that "failed to act in the best interest of the taxpayers."

West Seneca’s New Outdoor Market to Open on May 15

West Seneca’s New Outdoor Market to Open on May 15


Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s new farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, will open for the season on Thursday, May 15. The event will take place on Thursday evenings through Sept. 4 on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall.

Markel Now Off Cheektowaga Town Board

Cheektowaga, NY - When the Cheektowaga Town Board meets on this coming Monday evening, one of the council seats will now definitely be empty.

Town Attorney Kevin Schenk tells 2 On Your Side that Charles Markel has been removed from office following his guilty plea last week to a misdemeanor count for improper collection of unemployment benefits. Markel said he misunderstood the requirements to collect the benefits while also working as a councilman.

Schenk says research of town law confirmed the opinion of the Erie County D.A. Frank Sedita that Markel had to give up the position.

Erie County Election Commissioner Ralph Moore said Thursday that in most such cases, the office holder does agree to step down. But that in some disputed, the case has been referred to a judge for a ruling.

Markel Loses Town Board Seat Following Guilty Plea

Cheektowaga, NY -- The Erie County District Attorney's office said as a result of his plea to unlawfully collecting unemployment benefits, Cheektowaga Councilman Charles Markel must give up his seat on the Town Board.

Councilman Charlie Markel admitted to filing false unemployment claims. The town's attorney has been researching the situation for the last couple days and Tuesday night briefly went over with board members what could develop in the short term. But a release Wednesday morning from DA Frank Sedita's office said that as a result of Markel's plea to a crime involving "moral turpitude", his position is automatically vacated.

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

International Experts to Examine Crisis in Ukraine

International Experts to Examine Crisis in Ukraine

“Crisis in Ukraine” will be examined in a roundtable discussion by faculty experts, including a guest historian from Poland, from 3 to 5 p.m. April 26 in Daemen College’s Schenck Hall Auditorium.

Panelists will include guest scholar Dr. Tomasz Pudłocki, assistant professor of history at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, as well as Dr. Jacek Lubecki, associate professor and director of the Center for International Studies at Georgia Southern University; Dr. Steven Maddox, assistant professor of history at Canisius College; and Dr. John D. Occhipinti, chair of political science at Canisius. Moderator will be Dr. Andrew Kier Wise, department chair and associate professor of history at Daemen.

100+ Workers to Keep Jobs at Plastics Plant

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- Over 100 local workers will be keeping their jobs after a plastics plant in Cheektowaga was sold to another company.

The Hospira facility on Walden Avenue was sold to MGS Manufacturing, a company based in Wisconsin.

The sale calls for MGS to act as a supplier for Hospira, which makes medical supplies.

The workers in place will stay and a representative from MGS says things will remain status quo at the plant.