NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Judge Dennis A. Delano Sr. won’t be returning to Cheektowaga Town Court.
Delano submitted his resignation, effective June 30, according to Paula L. Feroleto, administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District.
He couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.
Elected to a four-year term in 2010, the former Buffalo police detective brought name recognition from his involvement in two high-profile criminal cases that ended with two wrongly convicted people getting their freedom.
But this past February, he stopped showing up for his scheduled court sessions. His absence dragged on for three months, amid rumors of health problems and conflicts with town officials.
As the case load for Paul S. Piotrowski, the other town justice, continued to build, Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz contacted Feroleto in May, seeking relief.
Feroleto appointed Timothy J. Dwan, a longtime municipal judge in Lancaster, to serve temporarily – until the end of June. That appointment has been extended, Feroleto said Wednesday, but the Town Board has at least one other option.
“Now that there’s a vacancy, the Town Board could fill it, under town law,” Feroleto said. “The town attorney had reached out to me, just to ask a few questions.”
Or the Town Board could just let Dwan keep the job until the fall elections.
Several people already have declared their candidacy for the $74,960-a-year job, including former Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski and Melissa A. Reese, an attorney who has also worked part time as a town prosecutor since 2011. Gorski and Reese are Democrats, meaning there will be a primary election in September for the line.
The latest person to enter the race is Joe Treanor, who is running as an independent candidate. A retired Air Force colonel and longtime attorney, Treanor has served as a military trial judge and legal adviser.
Holtz could not be reached for comment Wednesday.