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Where we live: Cheektowaga


Cheektowaga Town Board members will be going green at board meetings.

Supervisor Diane Benczkowski announced board members will be using tablets to view the agenda on the town’s website at meetings to save money on paper and ink, the first step of her “going green” initiative.

Benczkowski, presiding over her first meeting as supervisor last week, also announced that former board member Stanley Kaznowski will be the budget director, helping with budget preparation and keeping an eye on finances. Kaznowski, who is a financial manager with a master’s degree in business administration, will be paid $7,000, which is the stipend given to the budget director. The supervisor traditionally has served as budget director and taken the stipend.

“Stan was brought in to help me oversee the finances of the town so that I can devote more time to improve quality of life issues and services to our residents,” she said.

Benczkowski said she has not yet chosen a town historian. Former Supervisor Mary Holtz had served as historian for 20 years. The job comes with a $2,000 stipend.

Benczkowski said she also will not accept a town vehicle, which she said would save $20,000. She also announced that in light of recent events, an on-duty Cheektowaga police officer will be present for all Town Board meetings.

This week:

• The Maryvale School Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the Samuel R. Bennett building on the main campus, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• The Cheektowaga Central School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 3600 Union Road.