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Cheektowaga Councilman ordered to vacate position

Posted: 3:03 PM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 19:03:22Z

A State Supreme Court Judge has ordered Cheektowaga councilman James Rogowski to vacate his position.

The decision was delivered following a hearing on Tuesday morning.

Earlier this month, Rogowski pleaded guilty to attempted criminal contempt for knowingly violating a no-contact order.

Court records show on February 23, 2018 Rogowski aggressively followed his wife in his car from Orchard Park to West Seneca. It caused her to be fear for her life. 

According to the board’s resolution, under New York Public Officers Law Section 30(1)(e) a public office in New York automatically becomes vacant when one who holds that office is convicted of “a crime involving a violation of his oath of office.” 

Rogowski is expected to be sentenced in November.  He faces anywhere from 90 days in jail to probation.