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Downsizing Proposal Fails in Cheektowaga
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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - A proposal to downsize government in Cheektowaga went nowhere Monday night.

Councilmember Angela Wozniak wants to cut the size of the town board from seven members to five members.

Wozniak says the board has operated efficiently in the past with fewer resources and one member who was absent.  She said eliminating two board members will save $88,000.  Wozniak presented her idea to the town board Monday night Town

Supervisor Mary Holtz told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "for the input from these councilmen, I think it's worth it for these salaries." She is not in favor of reducing the number of lawmakers. However, five years ago, she was seriously considering the call to downsize. Holtz changed her mind after seeing the impact of downsizing in other local towns and villages. "They've just become dysfunctional with five members and three members, a lot of conflict."

Wozniak said "if we had five (board members) it would afford residents to hold board members accountable for what they are doing."

Wozniak could not get anyone on the board to second her downsizing motion.  The proposal never came to a vote.

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