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CHEEKTOWAGA BOARD FREEZES OWN, SUPERVISOR'S PAY

Cheektowaga officials Monday night adopted a pay scale that freezes the salary of the town supervisor and council members for a year and gives most department heads an approximately 3 percent raise.

The salaries are for the year 2000 and follow the pay levels set in the town budget.

Under the salary scale, Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak receives $72,632 -- the same amount he was paid in 1999.

Even with his pay frozen, Gabryszak, who was re-elected in November, will receive more than the supervisor in Amherst and slightly more than the supervisor in the Town of Tonawanda.

The six Cheektowaga Town Board members also are forgoing raises; each will receive $18,552 in 2000.

The board members have not increased their salaries in recent years, while the supervisor's pay typically increased along with that of other full-time elected and appointed officials in Cheektowaga.

"When we sat down and went over our budget, board members decided not to take a raise, and I decided not to take a raise," said Gabryszak.

Other elected Cheektowaga officials will get 2.95 percent boosts in 2000 -- the same raise the town police officers are receiving in their negotiated agreement.

With that hike, pay approved for these elected officials are:

Town clerk: $60,442.

Highway superintendent: $66,804.

Receiver of taxes: $53,721.

Town justices (two): $60,440.

Almost all of the town's appointed officials also will receive 2.95 percent raises.

Exceptions include the current head of the Department of Youth and Recreation, whose department will assume some Parks Department functions in 2000.

Kenneth Kopacz will get a $6,000 raise, bringing his salary to $74,297.

Parks Department functions are being split between the Highway Department and the Youth and Recreation Department, Gabryszak said. The move is expected to reduce overall costs, he said.

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