"The motives behind this property and this new board in granting this zone change is suspicious," said Parisi. "My fear is that this new board is not listening to any concerns of the residents." In the release, Parisi states that the criticism is not aimed at any political party, but a system "that lingers in Rotterdam politics."
During the 2009 election, Sync Realty Group gave $1000 to the "Revitalize Rotterdam," campaign. A contribution that Del Gallo said does not carry any weight in his decision for the public hearing or any future resolution.
"You can't buy me for $1000, you cant buy me for a million," said Del Gallo. "If someone thinks they can buy me, they've got the wrong guy."
Del Gallo said after inspecting the apartments himself that they are respectable and well worth the price asked by the owners. "I don't have a problem with the place at all," said Del Gallo. "As far as I'm concerned there is nothing wrong with the place."
Mohonasen Superintendent of Schools, Kathleen Spring, also contacted Del Gallo about the change in zoning and the renting of the apartments. In a March 2 letter, Spring points to the students who are enrolled in the Mohonasen District that reside at the apartments and concern of the living conditions of the apartments, calls to the Rotterdam Police department and an increase in need for special needs among 46 percent of the students at the complex. According to the letter, of 57 students-aged children at the apartment, 31 are enrolled, with 7 in pre-K, 46 percent of the students are identified as students with special needs, which the distirct estimates to increase the budget by $420,000.Also, according to Spring, a FOIL of Rotterdam police records showed that the police has been called to the property 100 times over 2009.