Absentee Cheektowaga town justice hands in resignation

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – After a four-month absence from the bench, Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis Delano has resigned.

Delano had been absent from the bench since February 25, when he abruptly shut down his courtroom with people waiting to appear before him. In a letter to the town supervisor, he resigned, effective June 20.

Sources tell News 4 Delano left the courtroom after engaging in a verbal confrontation with Cheektowaga Town Board member Diane Benczkowski on the issue downsizing the court’s clerical staff. The Town Board had voted for the court reorganization. Delano had reportedly lost one of his clerks.

Delano is also said to be dealing with serious health issues.

Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Mary Holtz tells News 4 retired Lancaster Judge Timothy Dwan will continue sitting in Delano’s place until December 31, unless the vacancy is filled through an appointment by the Town Board.

But the board’s Chairwoman of the Police and Courts Committee tells News 4 there will be no appointment. Delano was still being paid during his absence and Judge Dwan is reportedly volunteering his services to the town.

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