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Cheektowaga's Democratic Party likely won't have its recommendation for supervisor ready until after the Town Board's first meeting of the year Jan. 2.

The board needs to appoint a supervisor to serve the year remaining on Dennis H. Gabryszak's term because Gabryszak will become an assemblyman Jan. 1.

It takes four votes from the board to name the next supervisor, and traditionally, the all-Democratic board accepts the recommendation of the town Democratic Party for vacancies.

Since the recommendation won't be ready in a week, it looks like Deputy Supervisor James J. Jankowiak would take on the supervisor's duties until the appointment is made, Democratic Chairman Frank Max said.

Max said he has met with the board members to see who is interested in becoming supervisor.

"Right now we have a couple in mind," he said, though he wouldn't reveal their names. "Everybody's been pretty candid."

He said he plans to schedule a meeting of the committee's executive board, perhaps with the candidate or candidates, to fill in everyone on the process and activities to date. Then a meeting of the town committee to make a recommendation to the Town Board would be scheduled. But with the holidays, those meetings won't take place before the first board meeting.

"I don't think logistically there is enough time," Max said.

Assuming the supervisor is chosen from the current board, a recommendation to fill the open council seat would be made at the same time as the supervisor recommendation, he said.

"I want to see the board flushed out, and I want to see some continuity," he said.

Max won the chairman's seat in a hotly contested race last fall, and said he is trying to make sure all are involved in the process to select a new supervisor.

"I think every board member will say they were treated very respectfully and questions were put to them that were substantive," he said.

The committee would meet in the spring to endorse candidates for supervisor and the three board seats that are up at the end of 2007.

"Someone can conceivably throw their name up in March or April for a full term," he said, adding that he did not think that would be likely.

Max said he also wants board members to be aware of issues and complaints of town residents and to deal with them in the coming year.

"It's politics, but good government is going to get you elected," he said.

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