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Vet memorial funds questioned

Incoming administration to call for audit of Rotterdam’s finances

Supervisor Frank Del Gallo used his town salary to help pay for the veteran’s memorial, but board members say proper accounting protocol was not followed in the process.

Supervisor Frank Del Gallo used his town salary to help pay for the veteran’s memorial, but board members say proper accounting protocol was not followed in the process. Photo by John Purcell.

— Del Gallo and James Bradshaw, owner of Bradshaw Construction, both contested the invoice to cover material costs were filed long before the election was over, all the way back to the summer.

“Now I am told there is a problem with an invoice … and this invoice turns up after the election, which is a total lie. It was there long before the election was over and the invoice is even dated (in July),” said Del Gallo. “What happened to it from there, we don’t know, but somehow this never got stamped until somewhere in November.”

At the end of the meeting, Bradshaw said Del Gallo asked him to keep track of the materials he used for the monument and the town would reimburse him. Bradshaw recently ran for town justice as a Republican and also on Del Gallo’s Rotterdam First Party ballot line.

“I made that bill out July 13 … it was a couple days after it was handed in,” said Bradshaw. “Why they came about now, I don’t know and obviously you guys don’t know either.”

Bradshaw also firmly opposed any insinuation he billed the town after failing to be elected. He questioned if politics accounted for focusing on his invoice.

“It is really disgusting what is going on,” said Bradshaw. “I could care less, $4,300 is not going to change my life one bit, so whatever happens, happens.”

Board members voted earlier to table a resolution regarding budget transfers, which was nearly three pages long, over a few transfers relating to memorial expenses. Del Gallo was the sole dissenting vote on tabling it.

DiLeva said last year the board knew Del Gallo was donating his salary towards the senior kitchen, but this year the board thought the monument “wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime” since Del Gall repeatedly asserted that notion.

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