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.