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GABRYSZAK TOPS CHALLENGER IN FUND-RAISING

Incumbent Dennis H. Gabryszak raised more money in three weeks last month than he had all year, overtaking the fund-raising efforts of challenger William P. Rogowski in their battle for the office of Cheektowaga town supervisor.

Spurred by corporate contributions, Gabryszak raised $8,383 from Aug. 10 to the end of the month while Rogowski took in nothing, according to campaign spending reports filed at the Erie County Board of Elections.

As a result, Gabryszak's campaign committee reported an end-of-the-month balance of $12,311, compared to just $2,332 for Rogowski.

The two Democrats meet in Tuesday's primary and again in November when Rogowski will be the Republican candidate.

On the strength of the three-week period in August, Gabryszak's totals for the year are $16,315 in contributions and $5,310 in expenses, compared to $12,725 in contributions and $11,738 in expenses for Rogowski.

Until early August, Rogowski led the fund-raising battle, $12,725 to $7,932. But the challenger reported no donations for the rest of last month while the incumbent raised $8,383, including more than $3,500 from corporations and partnerships.

Meanwhile, the Rogowski campaign spent $3,104 in the last three weeks of August. Gabryszak reported $2,595 in expenses in the same period.

Among other committees, the Cheektowaga Democratic Endorsed Candidates Committee -- which splits its money equally among 10 Cheektowaga Democrats, including Gabryszak and County Executive Gorski -- reported raising $9,921 and spending $7,909 last month. Contributions included $1,000 checks from several of the candidates.

The Board of Elections on Thursday said no documentation for the most recent reporting period was received from Progressive Democrats of Cheektowaga, an organization backing Rogowski and several other hopefuls. However, in its last report Aug. 9, Progressive Democrats reported a campaign war chest of more than $15,000.

Gabryszak's committee received $300 donations last month from the law firms of Damon & Morey of Buffalo and Hiscock & Barclay of Syracuse. The supervisor's committee reported a $250 donation from Hawkins, Delafield & Wood, the town's Wall Street bond counsel, and $198 each from Nussbaumer & Clarke, an engineering consulting firm, and Gateway Trade Center Inc.

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