Dems pass over Del Gallo

DiLeva to leave Town Board; Buffardi makes bid for supervisor

Rotterdam Supervisor Frank Del Gallo is not getting any help from town Democrats in his bid for reelection as Harry Buffardi steps up to vie for his seat.

The Rotterdam Democratic Committee officially endorsed its Town Board candidates for the upcoming election. Endorsements include Wayne Calder, who was elected to Republican Gerard Parisi's vacant Town Board position last year, and newcomers to the Rotterdam political scene Mike Viscusi for councilman and Buffardi for supervisor. Nicola DiLeva, a conservative cross-endorsed by the Democrats, said she won't be seeking reelection.

Town Board members Matthew Martin and Robert Godlewski, both Democrats, are serving terms that don't expire until 2013.

With three seats up for grabs in Rotterdam, the Democrats are vying for control.

The attributes and accomplishments of the candidates receiving endorsements is well known, said Anthony Jasenski, chairman of the Rotterdam Democratic Committee and county legislator, in a statement. "Each of them possess the unique qualities and characteristics that will allow them continued success in fulfilling our public service mission and providing the residents of Rotterdam with the excellent levels of attention and responsiveness that they deserve."

Outside Town Board bids, the Democrats endorsed Vincent Romano for town highway superintendent and Kevin Mercoglan for town justice.

On the county level, town Democrats are supporting Jasenski and Angelo Santabarbara for reelection to the County Legislature. Town Democrats are also supporting Mark Powers in his bid for a second term as county family court judge. The Schenectady County Democratic Committee must still make these endorsements formally.

DiLeva, who is leaving the Town Board once her term expires at the end of the year, said one term is enough.

Over the past several months, she has clashed with Del Gallo on a number of issues, often leading to heated debates at board meetings. What she hoped to accomplish, she said, couldn't be achieved. While cross-endorsed by the Democrats in her previous bid, she said she is, at heart, a Conservative.

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