Zydel announces candidacy for Erie County Legislature
by Andrew Kulyk (@akulykUSRT) - posted 4:51 pm, March 19, 2013
Former Cheektowaga Council Member Richard Zydel today announced that he is a candidate for the Erie County Legislature in the 7th legislative district. He made the formal announcement Tuesday night at an official campaign kickoff event attended by a full house of committeemen and supporters.
Zydel works in the law enforcement field, and is a Supervisory Contract Detention Officer at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia, where he has been employed since 1998. A lifelong resident of Cheektowaga, Zydel and his wife Pamela live in the Cleveland Hill area of North Cheektowaga. They have one daughter, Alyssa, who is 12.
Additionally, Zydel has been involved in community organizations in leadership roles. He served as Vice President and President with the Doyle Hose Company #1 Company and continues to maintain active involvement with the volunteer fire community in Cheektowaga.
In 2007, Zydel was elected to the Cheektowaga Town Board, and served as Chairman of the Youth and Recreation, and Traffic Safety committees, and in addition, provided oversight of the town’s Veterans Affairs Committee and Volunteer Firefighters Committee.
Zydel cited the lack of adequate representation and a loud voice at the county level for the residents of Cheektowaga and South Buffalo as his reason for seeking a seat on the County Legislature.
“Both of the communities which comprise the current 7th district have always had strong and hands on leaders. In Cheektowaga, long time legislators Richard Slisz and Ray Dusza were very active stewards for our town and its interests. In South Buffalo, I can cite the names… Mike Fitzpatrick, Mark Schroeder, Tim Kennedy, Tim Whalen. All these men represented that part of the city with passion and dedication at the county level.”
Continuing, Zydel said, “Today our voice in county government is all but non existent. Ask yourself who your county legislator is, where you might have seen him, and exactly what constituent services does he and his office provide. We need to do better. That is the message I will be taking door to door as I go to the streets of Cheektowaga and South Buffalo this summer.”
Zydel is a registered Democrat and will be seeking the endorsement of the Democratic Party. He served as Executive Vice Chair of the Cheektowaga Democratic Committee from 2006-2007, a post he relinquished when he was elected to the Cheektowaga Town Board.
The 7th legislative district comprises most of the Town of Cheektowaga, excluding the Village of Depew and the Southline neighborhoods, and also includes portions of the South Buffalo and Kaisertown neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo.