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Del Gallo gives pay to seniors

Diane Marco, former project coordinator for the senior center, filed a Freedom of Information Law request to see how the project was funded, which led the town realize the grant promise from Farley had not been pursued.

"Thank God she did that, because as we researched where this money came from or was supposed to come from, the paperwork was never filed. We never did get the $10,000 from Hugh Farley," said Del Gallo. "In reality, we used my money to build that kitchen."

Marco said she filed a FOIL request because all of the seniors at the center said Del Gallo paid for the kitchen, but after she had reviewed the approved budget, she didn't see the numbers adding up.

"I keep saying, 'I know he didn't pay for it all,'" said Marco.

When the grant opportunity initially came to the town, Marco said, she personally received it and gave it to former Town Attorney Michael Godlewski to write up the proposal. She said she believes that whenGodlewski went to work for the county, the grant got lost in the shuffle.

"It is great to know that we did follow through with it now, and that we could still possibly get the money," said Marco. "We probably we will get the $10,000."

Del Gallo has faced criticism in the past in his dealings with the senior center issues, including transferring a center employee to a different position in the town and firing Marco. On April 13, however, there wasn't any criticism.

"We thank you immensely," said President of the Rotterdam Senior Association Jack Shiely. "The kitchen is wonderful. We've had some wonderful parties there."

The only renovation left to be completed, said Shiely, is to put up a wall with a door so supplies can be locked up when other people are using the kitchen.

Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva thanked Del Gallo for his contribution to the seniors.

"These are people that have done so much for us in Rotterdam and I think it is great that the seniors get [the kitchen]," said DiLeva. "You know what, Frank, I honor you tonight.""

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