Rotterdam Democrats ticket heats up

Martin was born and raised in Rotterdam and is a graduate of Schalmont High School. He holds a B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology and is pursuing his M.S. from Union Graduate School in Engineering and Management Systems. Martin is employed at GE Energy as a mechanical design engineer.

Di Leva said that she's running for Town Council because she cares.

"I believe that Rotterdam needs a change, one that everyone can believe in," Di Leva said in an e-mail.

She said that she is a team player who believes that town officials must listen to their constituents.

"We need a more transparent and open government where our residents have a voice that is heard. We need to create fair assessments with continuous updates so the tax rolls stay current," said Di Leva.

She said that she believed the town's reassessments were "very painful to many, myself included."

She wants to promote more programs for youths, teens and senior citizens.

Di Leva is mother to Nicholas Di Leva, 19. She holds a master's degree in education from The College of Saint Rose and is the assistant principal of Mont Pleasant Middle School.

She is a former Schenectady County Legislator, District 1, and served as the county legislature majority leader.

Godlewski has lived in Rotterdam for 50 years and believes he knows his town well. He held a position on the Rotterdam Town Council for one year in 2007.

"People are looking for tax relief," said Godlewski, who calls himself fiscally conservative.

"I have a philosophy. You shouldn't be bonding anything until you know what your budget is going to be," said Godlewski, who added that he understands when something needs to be bonded because of an emergency.

He said he has a "critical eye" when it comes to spending money.

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