Pi­larski switch­ing from school board to town board

Elected to Ro­gowski’s seat in Cheek­towaga

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

When the year started, there was no way to rea­son to think Brian Pi­larski would be a mem­ber of the Cheek­towaga Town Board.

But thanks to cir­cum­stances and a hastily called elec­tion, he will do just that.

Pi­larski, a school board pres­i­dent and fa­ther of three, will take his seat on the Town Board on Tues­day. A Demo­crat, he re­ceived 60 per­cent of the vote in his spe­cial elec­tion against Repub­li­can Doreen Friedrich.

He will serve the re­main­ing three years of for­mer Coun­cil­man James P. Ro­gowski’s term on the Town Board. Ro­gowski was forced to va­cate his seat by ju­di­cial or­der af­ter he pleaded guilty in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent that oc­curred ear­lier this year.

Pi­larski, 35, re­signed his post as pres­i­dent of the Mary­vale Board of Ed­u­ca­tion on Wed­nes­day. He is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Seneca-Bab­cock Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion that serves more than 1,200 res­i­dents. Pi­larski is spear­head­ing the con­struc­tion of a $4.5 mil­lion com­mu­nity cen­ter on Har­ri­son Street. The project was funded through pri­vate part­ner­ships.

Pi­larski hoped his ex­pe­ri­ence in hu­man ser­vices will help strengthen pro­gram­ming for Cheek­towaga’s youth and se­nior pop­u­la­tions. He is work­ing with Cheek­towaga po­lice and of­fi­cials in the grass-roots ini­tia­tive to bring a Boys and Girls Club to the town.

On Mon­day, Pi­larski will tour the Alexan­der Com­mu­nity Cen­ter with Cheek­towaga of­fi­cials and mem­bers


of the Boys and Girls Club. The com­mu­nity cen­ter on Alexan­der Av­enue is be­ing con­sid­ered as a site for the club.

Pi­larski, one of six chil­dren, was raised in South Buf­falo in a sin­gle­par­ent house­hold.

“We were the work­ing poor,” Pi­larski said. “My mom worked two jobs, so I used to at­tend the Boys and Girls Club at Seneca-Bab­cock. I was a prod­uct of the com­mu­nity cen­ter. I see kids ev­ery day go­ing through the same things I did.”

Pi­larski and his wife, Jen­nifer, moved to Cheek­towaga in 2009. They live in north Cheek­towaga with their three chil­dren: Grace, 7; Gavin, 3; and Greer, 3 months.

He is a 2006 grad­u­ate of St. Bon­aven­ture Univer­sity where he stud­ied so­ci­ol­ogy and mil­i­tary sci­ence.

Pi­larski will fill a seat oc­cu­pied for four terms by Ro­gowski, whose le­gal trou­bles be­gan in Fe­bru­ary af­ter he was ar­rested by West Seneca po­lice for vi­o­lat­ing an or­der of pro­tec­tion against his wife. Ro­gowski pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to sec­ond-de­gree contempt in Erie County In­te­grated Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Court.

Within two weeks, Ro­gowski was or­dered off the board by State Supreme Court Jus­tice Mark Mon­tour.

Ro­gowski is sched­uled to be sen­tenced on the mis­de­meanor contempt charge on the same day Pi­larski takes his seat on the Town Board. Ro­gowski faces a max­i­mum of one year of pro­ba­tion.

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