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The voters "are the true losers" in Cheektowaga Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak's refusal to debate before Tuesday's Democratic primary, the challenger, Councilman William P. Rogowski, said Thursday.

Rogowski said he had to cancel a debate he had planned for Thursday night in the Sloan Fire Hall because Gabryszak failed to respond to "numerous requests and letters" dating to mid-July.

"Gabryszak says he wants to talk about issues in his campaign, but he's afraid to debate. Otherwise, why weasel out by not contacting me?" Rogowski asserted.

On Aug. 17, Gabryszak said he wouldn't show up for any debate arranged by Rogowski.

"This is the Democratic primary, and he's the Republican candidate," the supervisor said at the time, referring to Rogowski's accepting the GOP endorsement for the November election.

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