The Town of Cheektowaga learned that the New York Attorney General’s Office dismissed the investigation that was forwarded by the Town Council in February regarding allegations of improprieties relating Highway Department operations and the use of time by employees.
The development is major win for Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner, who is running for reelection later this year. Many viewed the investigation as a witch hunt spearheaded by past Democratic Chairman Frank Max — due to the fact that Wegner won the Cheekowaga Democratic Chairmanship over Max this past September.
Supervisor Holtz and Deputy Supervisor Jerry Kaminski authorized expenditures of over $100,000 in taxpayer monies for the investigation. Many of the Town’s taxpayers are irate over such petty and politically motivated grandstanding.
“That money could have been better spent to lower the tax burden to the residents of Cheektowaga” one insider said. The Town of Cheektowaga is one of the most heavily taxed town’s in Erie County, in large part due to Frank Max, the former party chairman whose long held grip on the town’s patronage largess have been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years.