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Trustee Anthony Sisti and Mayor Kenneth Pokorski squared off in a battle for the gavel at Tuesday's Village Board meeting, leading Building Inspector Phillip Pulk to call in the police.

"There was almost fisticuffs," Pulk said. "I called them just to make sure that everyone was safe and to make sure no one would get hurt."

The disagreement centered on Pokorski's attempt to fill a vacancy in the Highway Department, which lost by a 3-2 vote.

Pokorski maintained he was making the appointment based on the person's volunteer work with the village taxpayer association and that he was one of two unemployed applicants among the 11 who responded to the job posting.

But Sisti claimed the appointment was pre-ordained by the mayor and that the appointment was delayed until the resident could meet the minimum standards for the job. The position has been vacant since at least May.

After Sisti and the candidate argued and insults were thrown about, Sisti attempted to grab Pokorski's gavel to rule the job applicant out of order.

Pokorski grabbed the gavel from Sisti, turned toward him and raised it above his shoulder while visibly biting on his lip.

Cheektowaga police arrived around less than five minutes later, and order was restored.

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