CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Is it time to downsize the Cheektowaga Town Board? One lawmaker thinks the time is now. Councilwoman Angela Wozniak thinks it will save money.
Wozniak does not have a co-sponsor for her motion, but plans to present her push to downsize to the full board at tonight's meeting in Cheektowaga Town Hall. Wozniak said eliminating two board members will save $88,000.
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."
The lone Republican on the Town Board believes voters should make the decision. Wozniak said if she can't get this measure through now, she will keep trying, "as hard as I have to and as long as I have to."