Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak represents the 143rd Assembly District, which includes the town of Cheektowaga, the town of Lancaster and the villages of Depew, Lancaster and Sloan. He was elected to the Assembly in November 2006. He won the seat previously held by Majority Leader Paul D. Tokasz, who retired.
As Cheektowaga Town Supervisor, Dennis fought to keep taxes stable, streamline the permit process and devise a five-year financial plan, earning him the 1995 AM-Pol Eagles Citizen of the Year award in the field of government. Dennis prided himself on running an open and responsive local government, and he’s taken that attitude with him to Albany.
When the Berger Commission threatened closure of Cheektowaga’s St. Joseph Hospital in 2008, Dennis hand-delivered over 3,000 community signatures to the governor’s deputy secretary for health care. By preventing the hospital’s closure, Dennis helped save hundreds of jobs, and helped ensure that thousands of Western New York families can continue to depend on the quality health care St. Joe’s provides so close to home.
During tough economic times in 2009, Dennis was able to secure nearly $180,000 in funding for infrastructure improvements to the Anne Reinstein Memorial Branch of the Cheektowaga Public Library. In addition, Dennis delivered $3,500 to the South Line Fire Company for new training equipment and $2,500 for the Doyle Fire Company to support volunteer firefighters.
Dennis was honored with the New York Farm Bureau’s 2009 Circle of Friends Award for his dedication to Western New York’s farming and agriculture. The Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm advocacy organization, and its award is based on the lawmaker’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture.
In June of 2009, Dennis was named Chair of the Legislative Task Force on University-Industry Cooperation. The task force polices significant investments of state funds in research and development at universities, facilitating better cooperation between industry and institutions of higher learning.
Dennis studied business management at the University at Buffalo, business administration at Erie Community College and attended Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo. Dennis has been married for 32 years to his wife Louise and has two children, Brian and Jennifer.