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Del Gallo shuffles staff

Opponents say changes unnecessary, CSEA files grievances

Residents came out in force at the Wednesday, Jan. 12, Rotterdam Town Board meeting to protest the move of a senior center staffer, who, along with three other town employees, was appointed to a new position by Supervisor Frank Del Gallo.

A number of senior citizens spoke out against Del Gallo's decision to move Molly Collins to fill a vacant position as a typist in town court. Collins is slated to retire in two years. The training for the typist position is estimated to take 18 months.

Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva asked Del Gallo why he moved the four town employees to different positions, some of which weren't budgeted.

All I'm doing is I'm moving them for training, said Del Gallo in response. "I am not moving anyone permanent to anything."

Del Gallo said the four individuals were chosen because they all have the same classification, but DiLeva noted that one employee is classified as an account specialist, which entails completely different responsibilities from the typist position she was moved to.

During the board's agenda meeting on Monday, Jan. 10, Conrad Johnson, president of the Rotterdam Civil Service Employees Association, served grievances to board members, indicating the shift would abruptly change the town employees' working hours. Also, the job vacancies should be posted to allow people to apply for desired positions.

Del Gallo said the move was within his authority.

"You can't just take one of these girls and put them there because the position is not there yet," said DiLeva. "Molly is the most loved person at the senior center. I am asking this because I had at least 50 calls on Molly, so I would like you to explain to me. Why are we doing this?"

Board member Robert Godlewski gave the supervisor no chance to explain.

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