Stunning turn of events in Cheektowaga, as Magierski picks up Martin endorsement

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.”

Clerk Magierski with the Buffalo Bills' Sammy Watkins at the Town Clerk's Office.
Clerk Magierski with the Buffalo Bills’ Sammy Watkins at the Town Clerk’s Office.
From left: Councilman James Rogowski, Councilwoman Diane Benczkowski, Chairman Mark Wegner, Clerk Alice Magierski, Tim Meyers, and former Councilman Gary Kaminsky.
From left: Councilman James Rogowski, Councilwoman Diane Benczkowski, Chairman Mark Wegner, Clerk Alice Magierski, Tim Meyers, and Councilman Jerry Kaminski.
Political operative and community activist Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux.
Political operative and community activist Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux.

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7 comments

  1. Another Frank Max endorsement for Alice!!! Title of article should have read “Magierski Picks up MAX/MARTIN endorsement. We are trying to get rid of Max from Cheektowaga and Katrinna Martin and Magierski are trying to get him back in. NO THANK YOU!!!

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    • Hello John.
      I’m sorry that you believe that everyone that is friendly with Frank Max is some how controlled by Mr. Max. If that’s how things usually go than the people of Cheektowaga are not who I think they are. There are 75k people in Cheektowaga, 24k registered democrats and a small fraction of those people have town jobs. I’m not trying to get a job, so what bargaining power does any faction or individual in the political area have to influence me?
      I endorse and vote to suit the interest of my zone.
      I support Alice Magierski for Cheektowaga Town Supervisor based on her experience. This is not personal, I have no issue with any other candidate running for the office.
      I wish all candidates the best.

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  2. Matthew,

    How about this.

    How about adding some substance to what you wrote?

    “She is a longtime fixture in Cheektowaga politics with an unparalleled resume and an even more compelling set of personal accomplishments.”

    Post Alice’s resume up along with a list of compelling accomplishments.

    “Martin’s backing of Magierski is because of her humble demeanor, personal accomplishments, and extensive resume of experiences.”

    List some out….

    ““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.””

    List those accomplishments out…

    “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.”

    Why does this matter?

    Tony.

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  3. there is nothing more political than Cheektowaga politics. Jerry was the sanitation chairman with Frank Max, This goes back 40 years when another sanitation chief, Banko was arrested for payoffs. Jerry stated he was with the Democratic Party, he was not and playing footsie with Frank Max to get a free ride in the election. Jerry also has lost his Republican friends. It is going to be a tough election for him.
    dragon lady

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  4. Jane I agree 100% of what you’re saying. I do hope that residence see through Kaminski, and the others that are running this year and also in 2 more years. Mr. Rogowski is just as bad. I haven’t been asked yet to help go door to door but trust leif I army point will be put across.

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  5. Why is alice using a picture with Sammy Watkins in her election campaign. Would this not be illegal as this picture was taken on town propetty and town time.

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