Former Erie County Executive Dennis T. Gorski is running for office again.
Gorski, a Democrat who served from 1988 to 2000, will announce he’s a candidate for Cheektowaga town justice March 13 at a 5:30 p.m. fundraiser in Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St.
Gorski, an assemblyman from Cheektowaga before he ran for county executive, will face incumbent Dennis A. Delano, the retired Buffalo police detective who was known for helping free people who were wrongfully convicted of murder, along with upsetting his superiors with his independent manner.
“I’m looking at the office in terms of having a fair and firm justice system, one that relates to the Town Board and is cost-effective,” Gorski said.
“I’m interested in the Drug Court, housing, and ensuring our Justice Department is swift and fair.”
Gorski, 69, has worked in the private sector since leaving county government. He spent nine years as a senior vice president for government programs at BlueCross BlueShield, followed by three years as a corporate director at McCullagh Coffee, where his responsibilities included importing coffee from Southeast Asia.
“I believe my public and private service over a number of years provides me with the wherewithal to ensure my town, which I’ve lived in for over 45 years, is served well judicially,” he said.
The part-time job, which pays $75,000, typically requires two to three days of work per week.
Among supporters of Gorski’s bid are political operative G. Steven Pigeon, former District Attorney Frank J. Clark, Grassroots leader Maurice L. Garner, attorney and Democratic insider Marc C. Panepinto, former Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz and Hormoz Mansouri, a contributor to both major political parties.