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Rotterdam EMS contract hinges on audit

Tommasone said he would share the information from the audit with the towns of Duanesburg and Princetown, so they could decide whether or not to sign a contract for services.

"They want a clean slate and they want to know where the money is being spent," Vanderwerker said of the town.

While attending a Princetown Town Board meeting looking for a contract with the town, REMS officials learned that the Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps will no longer provide service to 72 homes in Princetown, which will place a greater burden on REMS, which will need to respond to calls from Princetown, according to Vanderwerker.

REMS financial hardship was uncovered in March, when Vanderwerker stepped in and began searching through documents thtt revealed the company had several unpaid bills including insurance, taxes and fuel.

"Every time I turned a corner there was a hidden bill," Vanderwerker said.

REMS operates on the payment of bills for services from the corps, according to Vanderwerker. He said sometimes it takes a month or more to receive payment for services, which he said makes it difficult to pay bills on time.

"We're taking the first steps to analyze where REMS truly is financially," Tommasone said. He said he wants to ensure that all the corps' financial obligations are met, so that REMS can provide adequate service to the town.

"The town continues to grow," Tommasone said. "More people are coming to Rotterdam to work, and we have to be able to ensure their safety and protection."

Tommasone added that he is "very confident with the future of ambulance services in town."

Vanderwerker said he is confident that contracts with the two towns will significantly help the corps financially.

"I believe in my heart that all our financial troubles will go away if we can get these contracts," he said.""

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