Dems pass over Del Gallo

"There are issues at Town Hall that don't seem to be going away with regards to actions of the supervisor," said Jasenski. "This isn't a personality contest, this is what they [the committee] would believe would be best for town government moving forward for some of the issues that are on the table after 15 months."

Del Gallo disagreed with Jasenski's assessment and said the Town Board has tackled many important issues and projects during his tenure.

"Sometimes the board disagrees, which is normal, I think. It didn't hold back anything getting done in Rotterdam," said Del Gallo. "If anybody could name a project that was halted with the disagreeing of the board, I would like to know what it is."

Del Gallo was unable to build a consensus on "the small things," said Jasenski, including the proposed tax cap with tax increases over 2 percent. This is why the committee drifted from the supervisor. Buffardi brings a "no-nonsense" approach to government, Jasenski said, and he's confident he's the one who can unite the board.

"What they were looking for was more of a proven administrator," said Jasenski.

Del Gallo said he is still confident he can get reelected and thinks town government is functioning effectively.

"I think once everybody knows what I have done and what's out there and what they may get, I think so," said Del Gallo about reelection. "I think everything in the town is running smooth."

Calder said Buffardi is someone he could work with and thought if the slate of Democratic endorsements were eventually elected they could "do some really good things." Calder feels he can be an asset to the community and said he's learned a lot after getting elected last year.

"I have known Harry Buffardi for many years, and I have worked with him. He is an honest guy, and he is very intelligent, and I know he could do a really good job if elected supervisor," said Calder.

Viscusi did run for County Legislature two years ago endorsed by Republicans, but this time he will be on the Democratic ticket.

Jasenski said Viscusi impressed some committee screening members during his interview by showing a dedication and devotion to the town.

"It seems like they have put together a slate of individuals that will work well together," said Jasenski.""

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