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ROTTERDAM: Pair face off again

Current Rotterdam Supervisor Steven Tommasone, 43, a Republican, is once again facing Democrat William Cooke, 60, in this year's race for town supervisor.

The two faced each other in the last election for supervisor.

This year, Cooke said, the voters know how Tommasone runs the town, and he believes they are disappointed.

I think the town wanted to give him his chance; he had been town councilman, but I think since they've seen the way he's run the town they've had enough, Cooke said.

Tommasone said his track record speaks for itself. He said his administration has paved more roads, decreased the tax levy and tackled more quality-of-life issues such as the water problems in Masullo Estates than any other administration.

"We've done more in two years than the Democrats did in 40," he said.

Both candidates feel they are qualified to tackle some of Rotterdam's largest issues, such as its failing infrastructure, water problems, taxes and the need for more parks.

Cooke said the largest problem facing the town is the current administration's lack of good leadership. He said his background as a national business agent for the National Association of Letter Carriers, where he is responsible for 22,000 letter carriers, qualifies him for the leadership role.

"I have a lot of leadership experience and a lot of community experience," Cooke said.

Tommasone said while there are multiple problems facing the town, he thinks taxes are the largest. He plans to tackle this problem by bringing in development that increases the tax base and good-paying jobs.

Tommasone said he plans to improve economic development within the town by working with state agencies and ensuring that the town's Industrial Development Agency is working closely with the county's Metroplex Development Agency, which has helped bring in almost $119 million in new investment into Rotterdam.

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