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>Jankowiak taps Swiatek as his deputy supervisor

Cheektowaga Supervisor James J. Jankowiak has named Council Member Jeff Swiatek as his deputy.

As deputy supervisor, Swiatek would conduct meetings and sign official papers in the supervisor's absence.

Jankowiak said he chose Swiatek because of his background as an attorney with expertise in labor management and for his command of government. Swiatek, who has served on the board since 1996, is a partner at Hodgson Russ. Jankowiak said he and the full board rely on Swiatek's experience on various issues.


>Board expected to talk about personnel items

The Cheektowaga Town Board will conduct a work session at 7 p.m. today in the board conference room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway. The board is expected to go into closed executive session to discuss personnel items.


>Hockey couple speaks out against animal cruelty

Buffalo Sabres forward Adam Mair and his wife, Ali, are both scoring an assist with the SPCA serving Erie County's campaign to prevent cruelty to animals.

Mair can be heard in two SPCA public service announcements being broadcast on local radio stations -- one in which he talks about the number of animal cruelty cases the SPCA investigates annually and the other in which he talks about the various programs the SPCA has in schools.

Ali Mair works with the SPCA's 2007 TLC Teaching Love and Compassion program with 11- to 13-year-old city youth. The program pairs youngsters with dogs that may be facing extended shelter stays and shows them training techniques.


>Workshop offered on care of trees

A workshop on how to conduct a tree inventory and respond to storm damage will be offered in February.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Western Finger Lakes Releaf and Region 9 of the state Department of Environmental Conservation will team up to present "Urban Tree Inventory and Assessment" at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Erie County Fire Training Center in Cheektowaga.

To register, call Mark Gooding, DEC Region 8, (585) 226-5466 or e-mail


>CIA veteran to speak on threat of terrorism

Canisius College alumnus Michael P. Scheuer, CBS News terrorism analyst and a former senior CIA officer, will return to his alma mater to speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Montante Cultural Center.

His lecture, "America, Osama bin Laden and the War That Has Barely Begun," is free and open to the public.

A 1974 graduate of Canisius, Scheuer was a 22-year veteran of the CIA. He ran its Osama bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and served as the unit's senior adviser from 2001 to 2004. He is an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University.

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