Outrage over Evans Veteran Committee appointments

Joe Gajdosz, Town of Evans veteran

EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB)- Joe Gajdosz said he’s a victim of small-town politics, after being the only member of the Veteran’s Committee in the Town of Evans not to be reappointed.

Gajdosz held the volunteer position for the last six years, and told News 4 the reason he was given the boot is because he supported the current town supervisor’s opponent in the last local election.

Town Supervisor Mary Hosler told News 4 politics had nothing to do with it; when she took over in January, she wanted to shake things up a bit with the local boards.

“I really wanted to dust them off and start over again a little bit, because year after year the same people are on them, or they become stagnant,” she said.

Hosler put an ad in the paper, and posted on social media to get new applicants.

When all existing committee members were reappointed during a town board meeting Jan. 6, Gajdosz was shocked to not hear his name.

“As soon as that happened, I said wow, retaliation has set in,” he said.

“It wasn’t for any political or vicious or vindictive thing,” Hosler told News 4.

She oversees 17 boards, and said after naming a new chairman of the Veteran’s Committee, things just moved around a bit.

A supporter of Gajdosz, John Calleri, said he’s a hero, who belongs on the committee.

Gajdosz is a decorated combat veteran, and a recipient of the bronze star for his service in Vietnam.

“Joe is not the type of guy who’s going to shout it from the rooftops. No one, I don’t think hardly anyone in the town knows that Joe won a bronze star because he’s not the person to talk about it,” Calleri said.

Hosler said she’s never heard from Gajdosz directly about this issue, nor did he express to her his desire to be re-appointed to the volunteer position, she said.

Gajdosz still very much wants to serve on the committee.

“I would like her to say Joe, come on back on, I made a mistake,” Gajdosz said.

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