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Cheektowaga officials are projecting $647,528 in savings over two years as the result of a state early retirement incentive program approved Monday at a special meeting of the Town Board.

Eighteen employees are tentatively slated to retire by the end of the year, down from an initial list of 28, Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak said

Robert Kapron, clerk to the town justices, is the highest-ranking employee on a list composed mainly of clerical and blue-collar workers.

The list includes six workers in the Highway and Sanitation/Recycling departments; four in the Sewer Department, including three at the main pump station; two each in the Facilities Department, court and senior citizens center; and one in both the assessor's office and the Law Department. Gabryszak said current plans are to replace at least six of the workers, including three at the town pump station, two at the senior center and one in the Law Department.

To qualify for the incentive program, the retirements must result in at least a 50 percent savings for the town over two years, officials said.

Savings mainly stem from not filling the slots vacated by the retirees or replacing them with workers earning less.

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