For a few minutes Tuesday evening, Jim Jankowiak was out of a job.
The Cheektowaga Town Board member submitted his resignation to the town clerk shortly before Tuesday's Town Board meeting opened just after 6:30 p.m. with a public hearing. He continued to run the meeting as deputy supervisor.
By 6:48, he had been elected supervisor to succeed Dennis H. Gabryszak, who resigned to become an assemblyman Jan. 1.
James J. Jankowiak, a 10-year board member and former county parks commissioner who started out washing cars in the town's central garage in 1969, fulfilled in his dream of heading Erie County's second-largest town.
Moments later, Richard A. Zydel, 34, was appointed to fill Jankowiak's Town Board seat. Both votes were unanimous.
"As a team, this board and all elected town officials will continue to deliver quality services to the residents of Cheektowaga," said Jankowiak, who will be 59 in three weeks.
When asked if James P. Rogowski would be named as deputy supervisor, as has been widely expected, Jankowiak returned to the team theme.
"It's going to be discussed at the board level. We're going to do it as a team," he said.
Zydel, a captain for asset protection and security services at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, smiled broadly as he took his seat.
"I will work my hardest day in and day out for the Town of Cheektowaga and our residents," said Zydel, who is president of Doyle Hose Company No. 1 and executive vice chairman of the town Democratic Party.
The rest of the meeting was more routine, as board members paid the bills, called for bids on various items and supported an Assembly bill toughening the penalties for using the Internet to commit sex crimes against children.
The board also appointed Jason M. Sajdak, Mark T. Zimmerman and Jeffrey T. Fial as police officers and promoted Robert J. Laskowski to acting detective, effective Thursday.
Jankowiak also asked residents not to place any more tree limbs at the curb to be picked up until spring.
Those wishing to dispose of such limbs should tie them in 4-foot bundles that weigh less than 40 pounds and put them out with their garbage, he said.