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Pool builder dives into Rotterdam supervisor race

When asked what Del Gallo would like to change if elected besides taxes, he said that he would like to wait until he is in office so that he can really see what's going on, pinpoint problems and correct them.

"It's like this: If I'm driving down a road and my truck breaks down, I call a mechanic in. He looks under the hood and he tells me what's wrong with it," said Del Gallo.

"Until I get into town and I'm elected as supervisor, I can tell you what's wrong but I can't tell you how to fix it," said Del Gallo.

Another issue Del Gallo has is the lack of transparency with the current administration and the way residents are treated by town employees.

"Say you walk into my store and I mistreat you. Would you come back?" asked Del Gallo.

Del Gallo lives in town with his wife, Roxann. His two children, Christina and Michael, as well as a grandson, Francisco, also live in Rotterdam. He owns Del Gallo Pools and Spas, located on Mariaville Road.

Del Gallo said he looks forward to the coming election and debating the issues.

Del Gallo will be facing incumbent supervisor Tommasone in the fall election. Tommasone started as a councilman in 2003 and ran successfully for supervisor in 2005 and has held the position ever since. He will be running for his third term.

"As far as Steve goes, Rotterdam, out of all the towns in the county, has the lowest taxes, and under GOP rule we haven't raised taxes like the Democrats have at the county level or in the city," said Tom Buchanan, head of the Schenectady County GOP. "It's really a testament of the fiscal management that the Republican Party offers, and we hope that Steve will do extremely well in the election. He's very popular."

Tommasone was unavailable to comment.""

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