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Del Gallo gives pay to seniors

Money to help cover renovations to the center's kitchen, future projects

In a change of pace from the strong words that typically make up a Rotterdam Town Board meetings, board members and the public praised Supervisor Frank Del Gallo Wednesday, April 13, for using his salary to help pay for upgrades to the senior center.

Del Gallo was following through on a promise he made to seniors when he ran for election: The center's kitchen would be renovated.

One of the promises I made to them is that I would move this kitchen upstairs. I would take my salary and move this kitchen up on the [ground level floor], said Del Gallo. "We started this process to get that moved up, and I got all kinds of volunteers and they all agreed to work on it."

When the blueprints were first drawn up, Del Gallo said, the cost was estimated at $40,000, and he thought the town could do it cheaper. The project ended up costing $10,600, through the use of volunteers and some donated supplies.

On April 13, the board passed a resolution to move Del Gallo's $13,000 Town Board salary from the town's general fund to the senior center's budget to cover the cost of renovations because the town failed to follow through on grant funding promised by Sen. Hugh Farley totaling $10,000. If that grant money does come through, Del Gallo's salary will still go to the senior center and could be spent as they deem fit.

"This resolution is to transfer my money, my pay from last year, to give to the seniors to do what they wish to do with it; whatever project they need," said Del Gallo. "This resolution says that the rightful money that belongs to me will go to the seniors."

The town also received a $1,000 donation from the Rotterdam Elk Lodge to help with renovation costs.

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