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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Joe Jastrzemski
One day after County Clerk Wayne Jagow announced he will not seek re-election, Wilson Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski announced he will retire from his current post and run for the county clerk's spot.

Jastrzemski praised Jagow's record and said he'll bring his own experience in the Town of Wilson and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office to build on that record.

Jastrzemski's annoucement, which he issued via press release this morning, follows in its entirety:
Citing his record of cutting government spending while still providing superior services, Town of Wilson Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski today announced his candidacy for Niagara County Clerk.

Jastrzemski, who is beginning his 10th year as Supervisor of the Town of Wilson, has spent the past 18 years as the Project Coordinator of the Niagara County Sheriff's Work Program. Jastrzemski is also active in the community serving as a member of the Niagara County IDA and previously served as members of the UAW Community Action Committee, United Way Labor Advisory Committee, Niagara County Parks Committee and past President of the Lions Club of Wilson.

Jastrzemski's record as Wilson Town Supervisor is heralded throughout New York state. By implementing sound budgeting practices and streamlining town government, Jastrzemski has reduced town taxes almost 10% while maintaining the high level of services town residents have grown to expect.

Among his accomplishments as Supervisor are a dredging of the Wilson Harbor, a rebuild of the Wilson Boat Launch, reduction in Town Highway personnel and entering into a shared services agreement with the City of Niagara Falls that saves Wilson taxpayers over $71,000 per year.

"In Wilson, we have led the way in Niagara County by showing that you can do more with less," said Supervisor Jastrzemski. "That's the kind of leadership we have received from our current county Clerk Wayne Jagow and if elected, I'll use my experience in Wilson and the Sheriff's office to look for ways to make the Clerk's office more efficient."

As Clerk, Jastrzemski said his top priorities would be looking for more ways to improve wait times at all the local DMV locations, pushing for greater internet based services for residents and working with local state representatives to fix the outdated cash grab from Albany that sees the state take almost 90% of the fees paid by local divers, when work is done by local DVM employees.

"In recent years a huge push has taken place encouraging residents to do business locally to keep those dollars in the community. In these instances, the work is done by local employees yet the state still demands almost 90% of the revenue be sent to Albany. I will be asking our local representatives to reexamine this formula to make it more equitable for local government," said Jastrzemski.

Earlier this week, current County Clerk Wayne Jagow announced to his staff he would retire from office at the end of his term. Clerk Jagow had served county residents for the last 20 years and Jastrzemski thanked the Clerk for his impressive record.

"Like many people in our area, I'm lucky to count Wayne Jagow as a friend. Wayne has done an amazing job for Niagara County and it is a huge loss for him to retire. If elected as his successor, I will have huge shoes to fill," concluded Jastrzemski.

Jastrzemski lives in the Town of Wilson with his wife Kathryn Trusso Jastrzemski.

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