After 31 years as council woman for the Town of Cheektowaga, Patricia A. Jaworowicz has called it quits.
“She was a ground breaker of women’s rights in a large extent,” said Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz. “She was the first woman to challenge the guys in a council job and it opened it up for other women.”
Jaworowicz’s son Timothy submitted his mother’s letter of resignation to the office of the town clerk, which went into effect Wednesday Feb. 20. According to town officials, Jaworowicz has been suffering from an illness for quite some time. Board members took on several of her duties while she was away thinking she would one day be able to come back. Although according to her son, this was not the case.
“Unfortunately my mom has not gotten better. So she has made the difficult decision that she can no longer continue. For her sake, and for the sake of the people of the Town of Cheektowaga, it be best that she step down from her duties at this time,” said Timothy.
As the first Town of Cheektowaga council woman ever to be elected, Jaworowicz, a Democrat, set the path for future women to join the board like Supervisor Holtz and Councilwoman Angela Wozniak. She was elected to work on the board eight times and according to Holtz, ‘a very high vote getter.’
Jaworowicz was highly involved in major projects like the Walden Galleria and brought about thousands of jobs to the area. She also participated in many community development programs and worked with the police department on various policies. Fellow colleagues agree that she was an asset to the board and will be truly missed.
“Pat and I have been friends for years and I am sad to see her go. A lot of people think she left because of downsizing but we thought she was getting better but after talking with her and her family they said she wasn’t going to get better unfortunately. I would have rather seen her finish off her term,” said Supervisor Mary Holtz.
Now that the board officially has one less member, Councilwoman Wozniak who proposed the motion to downsize believes this gives the board more reason to back her proposal.
“Now we are really only working with six members and so I think they should take this cause much more seriously especially since the motion calls for a mandatory referendum. Let’s give the people a chance to vote on it and let them make the decision,” said Wozniak.
According to a statement made by Holtz at a previous board meeting, the town would like to let residents vote on Jaworowicz’s replacement at the next election.