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Cheektowaga cancels its Fourth of July fireworks

Cheektowaga won't hold its Fourth of July fireworks display next week.

Three members of the Town Board issued a statement Wednesday saying the problem lies with Cheektowaga's decision, at the urging of Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, to cut overtime across all town departments by 5 percent.

That meant there wouldn't be enough money to pay police or other personnel to staff this year's event, which would have been held July 4 at Town Park, board members James P. Rogowski, Gerald Kaminski and Alice Magierski said. They absolved from blame the police, the Facilities Department and the organization that has put together the fireworks show in the past, the Patriotic Commission.

Benczkowski did not return a message seeking comment.

The town still is holding its Independence Day Parade on Tuesday.

The three board members said that the fireworks display takes months of effort to pull together, in addition to funding, and if residents want the show to return for 2018 they need to contact the Town Board.


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