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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.

— Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski said he hadn’t seen any of the invoices being paid, but said the disputes and arguments over the monument won’t overshadow its meaning.

“Everybody that is here in this room is going to be dead and gone in 50 years, but that monument will be out there for an eternity and that speaks to the man,” said Godlewski. “His heart is in the right place, let us not forget … there is Frank Del Gallo’s monument and I will always remember him for that, he has tried to do something good.”

Del Gallo said in his final statement he could leave proud of his accomplishments.

“In two years I have $26,000 coming, I thought I would at least have a right to put it where I wanted to put it,” Del Gallo said. “I will walk out of this Town Hall with my head high in the air.”

The board is scheduled to convene on Wednesday, Dec. 28, but Del Gallo expressed intentions to not hold the meeting.

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