Cheektowaga Town Attorney Kevin Shenk, today confirmed that Charles Markel is no longer a Councilman. Looks like WNYPolitics was right again. The opinion of outside counsel coincides with that of Mr. Shenk, Erie County DA Frank Sedita and yours truly. Markel vacated his post when he pled guilty and was sentenced last Friday. Mr. Markel's access to town facilities has been terminated and town property in his possession is being retrieved. The opinion of Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr that the board must remove Markel is incorrect. Markel, by his conduct removed himself from the board. Thus ends a sorry episode in Cheektowaga history. If Markel wishes to challenge his removal he can bring a lawsuit. Have fun getting around Matter of Holt v Marinelli, which has been previously reported here.