ROTTERDAM: Pair face off again

"I think those in Masullo understand we've done everything we can," Tommasone said. "I'm going to keep going until the problem is resolved the most substantial way the town can."

The candidates are also concerned with creating parkland and conserving land.

Tommasone said his administration has several different sites in mind for a large town park. He said any plans would not affect taxpayers; rather, Tommasone hopes to use the IDA to purchase property in the western part of town.

"We want a place where people can fly model airplanes, or run their dogs or put up lights for nighttime ball games," he said.

Cooke said he would like to have a town center and a place for teens.

"We have no place for our teens to go once they are above Boys and Girls Club age, so they end up hanging out at the Rotterdam Square Mall," Cooke said. "Rotterdam is large enough to support a town center."

Cooke is a lifelong Rotterdam resident. He attended Draper High School. He lives in Rotterdam with his wife and four children.

Tommasone works as a marketing specialist for New York's 529 college savings program. He has a degree in marketing from Siena College. He currently lives in Rotterdam with his wife and three daughters. ""

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