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NEWCOMER EAGER TO JOIN BOARD

Newly elected West Seneca Councilwoman Christina Wleklinski-Bove says she is looking forward to working with her colleagues on the Town Board when she is sworn in Monday.

"I will go to work immediately to take care of the business of the town," she said.

"The people have given me their trust and confidence, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I feel I will bring new energy and a new spirit to the Town Board."

In her second try for a seat, the Democrat achieved a decisive victory over Republican candidate Gregory P. Falkner in last Tuesday's election, receiving 62 percent of the vote.

She will serve out the unexpired term of Timothy M. Wroblewski, who was elected to the Erie County Legislature last year, and will have to run for a full four-year term next November.

A graduate of Nardin Academy, Wleklinski-Bove earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Buffalo State College and is a former teacher in West Seneca. She currently works as a strategic account manager.

Wleklinski-Bove, who won the Democratic and Independence parties' primaries in September, said she is a uniter.

"I believe we need to agree to disagree without being disagreeable," she said. "There will be many seen and unforeseen challenges ahead.

"Town government is a level of government that is closest to the people. Decisions made today will affect our children and grandchildren."

One of the issues facing the Town Board is a proposed sports complex.

"The prospect of creating temporary work for this large project is exciting," she said. "However, questions remain regarding funding for the facility, location and public safety."

She said taxpayers are concerned about those issues, especially in light of "what's going on in the county" financially.

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