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Public blasts Rotterdam's tentative budget

Del Gallo didn't have a clear answer at the meeting for the higher budgeted amount.

"We'll have to check into it," said Del Gallo.

Salamone continued to question Del Gallo and said, "So we don't know why they're getting more money than they requested, that is what you're saying? It is a public hearing on the budget and we don't know why the budget items are increased above what they requested?"

Del Gallo responded to Salamone saying, "What we do is meet with heads of the department and we go through all these numbers and I would have to be a mathematical genius to remember every single one and every single thing we talked about."

Rotterdam Town Attorney Joseph Liccardi repeated to Salamone that the issue would be looked into.

While some budget lines are also increasing, Conrad Johnson, president of the CSEA union in Rotterdam, had some concerns about budget cuts in union member staffing.

"I must go on record as opposing the budget on the conditions that include layoff of full-timer union employees while employing part-timers," said Johnson.

He read the union's contract with the town, which stated the town must first layoff any part-timers, temporary or probational employees before seeking to layoff full-time employees.

"If this budget is passed, my only recourse will be to file against the town of Rotterdam for breach of contract according to the language of the binding agreement."

Visit SpotlightNews.com later for full coverage of the Rotterdam Town Board's 2011 budget vote, which occurred last night, Wednesday, Nov. 10. An amended budget was passed from changes drafted by Council members Nicola DiLeva, Gerard Parisi and Matthew Martin. The amended budget reduced residential taxes to approximately 3.5 percent. ""

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