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2018-11-08 / Editorials

Out of the Past

58 Years Ago Nov. 10, 1960

PRESIDENTIAL OUTCOME — Tabulations showed the Democratic President-elect John F. Kennedy outpolled Republican Richard M. Nixon in Cheektowaga, 25,669-13,595, or 65-35 percent.

ARRIVAL — Army Pvt. Leon E. Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gordon of Bennett Road, Cheektowaga, arrived in West Germany as a welder in the 537th Ordnance Company.

30 Years Ago Nov. 10, 1988

FIRE DISPATCHERS — Discussions between the Cheektowaga Fire Alarm Committee and the town of Cheektowaga were blasted as “political, cruel and a disgrace” by the FAC’s attorney. The discussions are on the status of the FAC employees working as dispatchers, as the town switches to civilian dispatchers for all emergencies (fire and police) by next year.

SAILORS ASSOCIATION — As the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association prepares local and Cheektowaga events for Veterans Day, a town resident recalled his service on one of these warships. Steven A. Mekarski, of W. Grand Boulevard, is a founding member of the Buffalo chapter of the DESA, and is a seven-year member of the national board of directors. He served aboard the USS Chase during World War II.

TRUSTEE ELECTED — Cheektowaga Central School District voters chose James R. Dressler as their new trustee in a special election. Dressler received 356 votes to defeat William D. Daly who received 241 votes, as well as Jerome Lewandowski and Gregory J. Tramont, who each received 67 votes. The special election was held to fill the vacancy created when Constance Giambelluca, a trustee for 27 years, resigned her position in September.

Five Years Ago Nov. 7, 2013

POLLING PLACE — Incumbent James Rogowski and newcomers Diane Benczkowski and Timothy Meyers, all Democrats, won the race for Cheektowaga Town Council seats on Tuesday. According to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections, Rogowski led the polls with 7,838 votes. Benczkowski garnered 7,721 tallies, and Meyers captured 5,926 ballots.

In the race for the Erie County Legislature, Democrat Patrick Burke defeated challengers Elias Farah and Richard Zydel for the 7th District seat. The 7th District encompasses most of the Town of Cheektowaga as well as parts of the South Buffalo and Kaisertown neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo.

Republican candidate Ted Morton beat Democrat Wynnie Fisher and Working Families candidate

Wesley Moore for the 8th District seat. Portions of Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden make up the 8th District. The Legislature seats carry a two-year term.

One Year Ago Nov. 9, 2017

LEGISLATURE FLIPS — Democrat John Bruso unseated incumbent Republican Ted Morton for a spot in the Erie County Legislature, in what was an important election night for Democrats in local races.

In the race for Erie County’s 8th District, Bruso captured 52 percent of the vote, receiving 10,463 votes, to win the seat and flip the legislature to Democratic control. Morton, who was attempting to win a third term in the 11-member governing body, garnered 9,832 votes, or 48 percent. He also ran on Reform, Conservative and Independence lines.

STUDENT REPORTERS — Two months into the fall semester, students in Cleveland Hill High School’s new journalism elective have published the first edition of a new school newspaper, with guidance from English teacher Sarah Krajewski. Called “The Talon,” and with “news you can sink your claws into,” the paper is entirely student-produced, from its masthead to the last paragraph of advice on its final page.

Do you have a memory of the Cheektowaga area you would like to share with Bee readers? Send it to “Out of the Past,” Cheektowaga Bee, 5564 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14221.

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