Alice Magierski is a saint, say her supporters. Some go as far as to describe her as “nun-like,” in reference to her church-going ways and devout Catholicism. She is a longtime fixture in Cheektowaga politics with an unparalleled resume and an even more compelling set of personal accomplishments.
She is in a heated battle for Supervisor of Cheektowaga, a town that has long been known as a hotbed for politics with a factious Democratic Party. Conventional thinking has been that the race will be tight — with two popular figures in the Polish American community splitting a largely Polish vote.
That changed this week, as Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux announced her organization’s backing of Magierski. Martin is a community organizer and longtime social justice advocate who has made considerable waives in local politics over the last several months — from organizing an opposition challenge to incumbent Congressman Brian Higgins from the left, to forcing a far more combative response to Carl Paladino’s education agenda than even the unions themselves were willing to organize.
Martin is a Democratic Party official and zone chair of West Cheektowaga, which contains nearly 7,000 registered Democrat voters — which could, for the first time ever, prove pivotal in the Town Supervisor’s race. Martin plans to further cultivate the African American community’s newfound political leverage in Cheektowaga. And she controls a formidable political operation — recently running 39 candidates for party committeemen positions, 13 of whom won.
Martin’s backing of Magierski is because of her humble demeanor, personal accomplishments, and extensive resume of experiences. Among them:
- Town Clerk and Tax Receiver for over 6 years (2008-present)
- Treasurer of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District for 10 years (2003-07)
- Co-Founder of the Cheektowaga Alliance for Healthy Communities
She also has a list of legislative accomplishments that would be too long to list in its entirety. Highlights include the enactment of the Town Demolition Law; laws protecting the community from sex offenders; creation of aggressive rodent abatement programs; spearheading the development of the town’s comprehensive plan; and improved the management of the Clerks office.
“Alice raised great kids, and has enormous accomplishments — and she still lives in Sloan,” says Martin. “It says something about her character, that she is in politics because she cares about her community and wants to make it stronger.”
It is rumored that Magierski’s son, Brian, is managing her campaign from his Austin, TX office. He is a wildly successful investment banker — a graduate of Cornell and the Harvard Business School — with a net worth that “far surpasses” that of Carl Paladino, I’m told.
“Alice could live anywhere, and she decided to stay in Sloan,” says Martin. “That says a lot to me.”