Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) - After Dennis Gabryszak resigned from office following allegations of sexual harassment, there was no special election to name a replacement for the 143rd District.
Instead, that person will be chosen in November's general election, and on Wednesday the first candidate for the seat has emerged.
Republican Angela Wozniak, a member of the Cheektowaga Town Council, announced her candidacy today in front of what used to be Gabryszak's office.
"We're here today in front of a vacant office," said Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy. "That office is vacant because of Albany corruption. Angela Wozniak has stood up to reform government in the town of Cheektowaga in her two short years as Councilwoman."
"While in Office, I have championed term limits, downsizing the number of councilmembers from seven to five, tax reform, ethical reform, and school board consolidation," Wozinak said of herself.
Wozniak will, perhaps not surprisingly given the circumstances surrounding the vacant seat, run on the platform of ending what she says is widespread corruption in Albany.
"The young girls that filed charges (against Gabryszak) were near the same age as me," Wozniak said. "That could have been me, and for me I realize that this is something that can not continue. It happened right in Cheektowaga, in my district as a councilmember. I'd love to get in to Albany to represent this district and to fight against this sort of corruption."
The 143rd Assembly District covers the towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster, as well as the villages of Lancaster, Sloan and Depew.