From the cheektowag bee:
Board members Jeffrey Swiatek and Richard Zydel ended their respective tenures with the board. Swiatek served for 16 years but chose not to seek re-election this year. Zydel served for five and lost his re-election bid last month.
“It’s a hard loss for me,” Supervisor Mary Holtz said of Swiatek and Zydel’s departures.
Holtz said Swiatek’s decision is a great loss to the town, since he was the lead negotiator with the town labor unions.
“Jeff has been an enormous asset to the town,” she said. “People don’t know how much money we’ve saved by him doing the negotiations. His expertise in that field is going to be missed.”
Zydel finished fourth out of seven candidates for three board seats in last month’s election.
Holtz commended Zydel for his community activism, particularly his work with the fire companies and veterans groups.
“We’re really going to miss him, because he put his heart and soul into it,” Holtz said.
did swiatek really save the town money negotiating all those contracts over the years, or did he actually cost the town more money?