Gary Strenkoski, Town of Wheatfield businessman and community leader, has officially announced his candidacy for Town of Wheatfield town justice.
He and his wife, Karen, have been married for over 40 years and raised their family in Wheatfield. Strenkoski is a Niagara-Wheatfield graduate and served on the board of directors and was vice president for the Niagara-Wheatfield Athletic Association. He also attended both Niagara and Erie County community colleges.
"My wife and I raised our children here, in the safety of Wheatfield; my goal is to keep the community that way." Strenkoski said.
He is owner of Strenkoski Brothers Construction Co., and a proven business leader in the community. Strenkoski is a member of Niagara Military Affairs Council, where he proudly serves, thus, he said, ensuring the air base will continue to provide jobs for the community. He said he wants to keep the economy strong.
Strenkoski has achieved a lifelong history of giving back to the community in the many organizations to which he belongs. He is a longtime member of the Niagara County Judges and Police Executive Council, an advocacy group for judges, police and attorneys. He has been honored with serving on the Niagara USA Chamber's board of directors and executive board, where he was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Award for leadership and volunteerism.
Strenkoski also proudly served the United Way as a community leader in Wheatfield and served on its Citizens Review Process Committee.
Strenkoski served on the Opportunities Unlimited board of directors and was named volunteer of the year. He is also a charter member of the Wheatfield Kiwanis Club and served on its board of directors, as well.
Strenkoski said he is honored to be a member of the Wheatfield Business Association and is a longtime member of the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, where he supports "responsible citizens' " Second Amendment rights.
"My life has been focused around family and volunteerism in this community. Attaining the position of town justice will allow me to compile all my professional and personal experiences, for the betterment of the Town of Wheatfield," Strenkoski said.
A Republican, Strenkoski will run in the Republican, Democratic, Independence, Conservative and Working Families primaries. He has been the recipient of several letters of commendation and awards from the U.S. Congress, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, state comptroller's office and the Niagara County Legislature.
"My life experiences have taught me how to be compassionate with people, but stern when required. I have learned to see people both good and bad for what they are. I will treat all people without prejudice and be fair," Strenkoski said.