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ROTTERDAM: Pair face off again

"Our strategy is proven to already work," Tommasone said. "We will continue to work as hard as possible to bring in good-paying jobs."

Cooke said his first priority when it comes to economic development is the Hamburg Street corridor. He said he wants to get an anchor store on the Grand Union property, which would help small businesses by drawing people into the area.

Of course, development within Rotterdam is always complicated because the town lacks infrastructure such as water and sewer lines.

Cooke said he is not opposed to bonding for sewer lines, but he would want to see how much money the town receives from the reassessment first.

Tommasone said the town has failed in the past to plan for sewers, but he is opposed to having residents foot the bill for sewers if they don't want them. He said he wants to get the appropriate infrastructure around the town's exits, and if residents want to hook up to it they can petition for it.

"No town board should force this upon the residents," he said.

As far as the concern with a high water table in the area near Masullo Estates, which is causing major damage to the roads and homes in the area, both candidates agree that something needs to be done.

Cooke said while he is not an engineer, he believes the problem is coming from water sitting and not moving. He thinks more drains should be installed and the current drains need to be clear of debris. He also said an engineer should be hired to look at the problem.

Tommasone said the problem in Masullo is there is nowhere for the water to be drained. He said the town is working on acquiring land to drain the water, but there is only so much the town can do.

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