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BUCZKIOWSKI APPOINTED DEPUTY PARKS CHIEF POST GIVES $2,117 RAISE TO ACTING DEPARTMENT HEAD

Stanley A. Buczkowski, who has run the city's Parks Department for the last 10 months, has a new title and a $2,117 raise.

Mayor Griffin appointed Buczkowski deputy parks commissioner at a salary of $37,498 effective Monday.

He had been holding the title of director of recreation while acting as head of the department since Commissioner Robert E. Delano went on an unpaid leave of absence in February in the wake of the federal government's Parks Department investigation.

Buczkowski wants to be paid the full commissioner's salary of about $41,500, but the Common Council has refused to grant him full pay because Griffin has not nominated him for Council approval as the City Charter requires.

Buczkowski's appointment as deputy is not subject to confirmation by the Council. He could not be reached to comment today.

The Council in September approved a claim Buczkowski filed with the city seeking the difference between the pay of commissioner and that of recreation director from February until September. Presumably, he will make the same request of the Council for the difference in pay between the commissioner and deputy commissioner.

The move was made the same day as the resignation of Deputy Commissioner Mark "Murph" Czajkowski. Czajkowski officially resigned Monday as deputy commissioner and took a civil service position in the department as a mechanics supervisor. He is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor public corruption charge, according to his lawyer.

The Buffalo News reported last week that Czajkowski and Delano's closest confidant now are helping federal authorities investigate the department.

Sources said that Edward Graci, Delaware Park superintendent under Delano, has signed a plea-bargaining agreement with the FBI and U.S. attorney's office. The complete cooperation of Graci could be the biggest break yet in the 18-month corruption investigation, former parks workers said.

Details of Graci's plea bargain, which a federal judge must approve, were not available.

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