Cheektowaga councilman pleads guilty to violating no-contact order

Sep 6, 2018

Cheektowaga Town Councilman James Rogowski has pleaded guilty to violating a no-contact order of protection.

Credit Town of Cheektowaga

Rogowski pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt in the second degree - a misdemeanor - for the violation.

Back in February, the Democrat conducted a vehicular chase of his wife in an aggressive manner, causing her to be fearful of physical injury.

In March, Cheektowaga Republican Committee Chair Don Friedrich demanded Rogowski resign.

“Councilman James Rogowski has proven that he has too many personal distractions to continue as a leader in our community," Friedrich said in a statement. "There is absolutely no place in our society for spousal abuse, and as an elected official and teacher he should recognize what good leadership requires."

Republican Assemblymember Monica Wallace is also joining in.

"By pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge, Mr. Rogowski has demonstrated his unfitness to serve public office," Wallace said in a statement Thursday. "By his own admission, he has failed to do that and should therefore resign immediately."  

Rogowski faces up to 990 days in jail and a one year probation term when he is sentenced on Nov. 13.