Dems pass over Del Gallo

"I am there to help the people and the residents, and they are there to do what is best for the party, and I am not a part of the party," said DiLeva about not seeking a Democratic endorsement. "I really thought that we could do something to help the residents and help the employees out and their ideas and my ideas are not on the same side of the spectrum."

Buffardi said he is hoping to change the way town government is run and plans to unite the board. Using his experience of 36 years in the criminal justice system and many years in supervision or administration positions, Buffardi said he is familiar with aspects of government management.

"The major change I hope to bring is a strong form of leadership to coalesce people to strive in appropriate directions instead of having continuous dissent and not dealing with the issues," said Buffardi. "I think I have a skill set that will be useful for the town to develop its full potential."

Committee members supported Buffardi over Del Gallo by 27-to-11, but Del Gallo said the outcome wasn't too much of a surprise to him. Previously, Buffardi said committee members had lobbied for him to run, and rather persistently too.

"It is because I don't want to play the same games they play," said Del Gallo about not receiving a Democrat endorsement. "It is a long ways from Election Day so we will see what happens between now and then, and everything will come out that has to come out and the truth will be spoken."

Unsure whether other party endorsements will come through, Del Gallo has said he'll form his own party line to run for reelection if needed.

Dissent among board members, said Jasenski, is part of the reasoning Del Gallo lost the party's endorsement. Being able to focus on the tough issues is important, and Jasenski said Del Gallo didn't appear to be the best choice.

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