Calls opponent’s slam against town clerk’s office insulting
Alice Magierski, current Cheektowaga Town Clerk /Tax Receiver, previous member of the Cheektowaga Town Board and employee in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School and long-time town resident, is a Democratic candidate for Cheektowaga Town Supervisor. With the Democratic primary only weeks away, Magierski today publicly denounced the latest round of campaign rhetoric aimed at her candidacy and her office.
“In a recent interview, my opponent blatantly insulted my staff along with all town clerks and their staffs by denoting the function of the clerk’s office as, ‘…issuing dog licenses and marriage licenses,’ Magierski said. “Not only this statement a complete under exaggeration, it attests and confirms my opponent’s lack of experience and understanding of day-to-day government operations”.
Magierski released a number of statistics from her 2014 State of the Town Report detailing Cheektowaga Town Clerk services provided and revenues collected. They included a total of $947,000.00 in town fees generated by the issuance of marriage licenses, dog licenses, permanent and temporary handicapped permits and death certificates
She further detailed responsibilities of the town clerk’s office that included filing of all claims, petitions, summons and complaints and the recording of Cheektowaga Town Board Meeting agendas, resolutions and minutes, as well as reports from any board serving the town. Magierski noted additional responsibilities of issuance of permits for all town amusements, ambulance drivers and vehicles, taxi owners and drivers licenses, as well as special event, solicitors and snow plow permits, all bids and bid specifications and all code, local laws and zoning changes.
“In 2014, as the Tax Receiver my staff and I were responsible for mailing over 70,000 tax bills and collecting and distributing $104 million in town and county taxes and $68 million in school taxes,” Magierski said. “Additionally we processed over 200 FOIL requests and issued passports, E-Z Passes and hunting and fishing licenses. I have also effectively partnered with the Town of Cheektowaga Housing Department in providing returned tax bills as cross reference information in identifying and dealing with the town’s looming property issue of 400 vacant houses. In summary, the town clerk’s office is a “service” department in every local government and in that role responds daily in assisting and fighting for residents and getting results. Clearly this is just one many elements of town government which my opponent does not understand and where voters can clearly see that I have proven experience and success”.
More information about the Magierski for Cheektowaga Supervisor Campaign is available on the website (http://aliceforsupervisor.org/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alice-Magierski-for-Town-Supervisor/177242072291786).
ABOUT ALICE MAGIERSKI: Alice Magierski is currently serving her second consecutive term as the Cheektowaga Town Clerk / Tax Receiver. Her previous municipal experience included serving one term as a member of the Cheektowaga Town Board and she built a 25-year career serving the residents of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District. Alice moved to Cheektowaga as a child and has lived in the town consecutively for over 50 years.
Alice began her first term as Cheektowaga Town Clerk in 2008. During her service Alice worked to promote open government and transparency by listening to resident’s concerns and taking action— specifically by establishing extended office hours, enabling credit card payments and the ability to pay taxes online, updating the Town Taxi Cab Law, assuming the local issuance of dog licenses, establishing the clerk’s office as an E-Z Pass authorized agent, providing and promoting passport services and becoming the exclusive passport processor for the Buffalo Bills. Alice is a member of the Erie County Town Clerks and Tax Receivers Association and has served the organization as a past secretary and Vice President, holding each position for a two-year term.
Alice was appointed to the Cheektowaga Town Council in August of 2003 and then won a full four-year term in the subsequent November election. Alice’s major accomplishments as a Council Member include her “First Class Town for First Class Residents” Cheektowaga Banner Project, enacting the town building demolition law, updating the town’s sex offender laws, establishing a rodent abatement fund, and working with a diverse group of stakeholders to create the Cheektowaga Alliance for Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth, an ongoing organization committed to promoting positive relationships between community youth and those within Cheektowaga schools and communities.
Alice proudly served the residents of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District for twenty five years, beginning as a teacher’s e in 1983 and advancing to a senior clerk typist in the district office in 1985. Over the ensuing 12 years, Alice received promotions to account clerk typist and senior account clerk Typist. In 1997 Alice was appointed District Treasurer, where she served for ten years until leaving the District to become the Cheektowaga Town Clerk.
Alice was also very active as a parent in the Cheektowaga-Sloan Schools, serving as President of the PTA/PTOs of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Middle and High School and the Cheektowaga-Sloan Council of PTA/PTO’s while her children attended each school. Alice also was an officer of the John F. Kennedy Sports Booster Club.
Alice has been very active in the community, including serving as a coach and standing member of the Ladies Auxiliary of for the Cheektowaga Southside Little League Baseball Association, as an officer of the Cheektowaga Recreation Warrior’s Sports Booster Club, as an officer and member of the William Street Taxpayers’ Association and as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Alice also served as a member of the Citizen Committee for the Rails to Trails Project and the Cheektowaga Historical Association.
Alice graduated from Villa Maria Academy and majored in Business Law when she attended Villa Maria College. Alice married her husband Larry, a Vietnam War Combat Veteran, in 1970. Alice and Larry have three children, Brian (Cornell Engineering 1993, Harvard MBA 1997), Kevin (University of Rochester Engineering 1996) and Karen (Binghamton University Business Management 2000). All of her children attended the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. Alice and Larry are blessed with nine wonderful and loving grandchildren.