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Judge reserves decision on Rogowski remaining on Cheektowaga Town Board

State Supreme Court Justice Mark Montour reserved decision Tuesday morning in the proceeding that will determine whether Cheektowaga Councilman James P. Rogowski will be removed from his seat.

The 50-minute proceeding was peppered with questions from Montour, who appeared determined to render a timely decision.

At issue is whether Rogowski vacated his council seat by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in a domestic violence incident in February. He was accused of violating an order of protection when driving his car and following his wife in West Seneca.

“There was nothing honest, upright or truthful about what Mr. Rogowski did,” said Craig R. Bucki, who argued the case for Cheektowaga.

“Let's look at the elements,” responded James M. Ostrowski. “There's really no deceit or dishonesty on the part of my client.”

Rogowski was also represented by Peter Reese. Craig R. Bucki and Kenneth A. Manning of Philips Lytle appeared for Cheektowaga.

Ostrowski told the judge he needed more time to prepare for the arguments.

“My client has a right to a calm and deliberate process,” Ostrowski said.

“The court worked over the weekend, too.” Montour told Ostrowski. “I appreciate your efforts.”

Montour did not specify when he expected to render his decision.

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