This weekend Rotterdam Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone will hit the airwaves to share his insights on how local governments cooperate both with town residents and with other municipalities.
Tommasone will be the featured guest on the Siena Alumni Connection, hosted by Mark Grimm on Siena College's radio station WVCR, 88.3 FM "The Saint." The show airs Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. and again on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m.
A 1986 graduate of Siena, Tommasone said he discussed a range of issues from the board's recent decision to stall a resolution that would have given town board members a pay raise to the importance for local elected officials to be responsive and available to their constituents during the show's taping.
Tommasone said that much of the interview focused on the way a town supervisor thinks in terms of budgeting and problem solving.
"When I see a set amount of money in the budget," said Tommasone. "I think about what I could do with it. I think about it in terms of 'I could pave a road with that money' or 'This could buy park equipment.' I think about the money in terms of tangible results."
Tommasone also discussed the importance of communication between municipalities and county government.
A commuter student during his four years on campus, Tommasone also reminisced about his experiences as a student. Tommasone said he spent a lot of time in the college's campus center and library talking with friends and focusing on his studies in between working several off-campus jobs to help pay tuition bills.
He also said he's proud to call himself a Siena alumnus.
"It seems like two out of every three people I meet either went to Siena or Union College," said Tommasone. "There's a huge alumni contingent in this area."