Mailing explains vote on Rotterdam sewer line extension

A letter signed by Rotterdam Supervisor Steven Tommasone and mailed to Masullo Estates 90 households details a sewer line extension referendum vote set for next week.

The letter, which was mailed Friday, May 30, responds to a number of questions posed by residents at recent town board meetings.

The vote on the sewer line will be held at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10.

According to Tommasone's letter, the election will be conducted by paper ballot. All homeowners must bring either a valid driver's license or passport and sign a registration form prior to voting.

A sample paper ballot was included in the town's mailing.

Last month, confusion arose regarding who could vote in sewer extension special elections.

According to William Ryan, an attorney hired by the town for the project, each tenant by entirety, tenant in common and joint tenant owning real taxable property is entitled to vote. Partnerships and corporations owning property are entitled to a single vote and any person or entity owning more than one parcel in the neighborhood may only cast one vote.

The town board's lone Democrat, John Silva, abstained from a vote last month that established the special election, calling the procedure ridiculous.

Silva expressed his favor for a "one house, one vote," policy, which would allow a lone vote to be cast for each home in the development, rather than allowing joint owners to cast multiple votes.

Still, the board moved ahead with the vote. Tommasone claimed that the voting procedure follows state law.

At the town board meeting on Wednesday, May 28, Mike Budka, of East Lucille Lane, was concerned that ill or elderly residents of the neighborhood would not be able to vote unless a form of absentee voting was available.

"A lot of people are a little nervous about the vote," said Budka. "They just don't have enough information."

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