Rotterdam Senior Center cameras debated

Donated security devices prompt worker outrage, Del Gallo mulls legality

Eight security cameras that were donated to the Rotterdam Senior Center by a resident might be taken down after complaints from workers.

The focus was back on the Rotterdam Senior Center at the Wednesday, May 25, Town Board meeting after Supervisor Frank Del Gallo said he is looking into the legality of having the video cameras at the center. Some seniors said the added security feature, donated and installed by resident Todd Koza, gives them peace of mind, but some center workers have complained to Del Gallo that they feel their privacy is being violated.

Del Gallo had earlier expressed appreciation for the donated cameras.

On behalf of the Town Board members and the Town of Rotterdam residents, I would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Senior Citizens Center, said Del Gallo in a letter sent on March 28 to Koza and Cindy Dumar. "I know that the eight security cameras will be put to good use at the center. I'm sure that they will help to make the Senior Center safer for our citizens."

Diane Marco, former head of the town's Recreation and Senior Programs who was removed from that position earlier this year by Del Gallo, read the letter at Wednesday's meeting and asked the supervisor if the cameras were going to be removed from the facility.

Primarily at issue are the cameras placed in the kitchen, according to Del Gallo.

"We can't have cameras in the work area. It is harassment," said Del Gallo. "People have been complaining about the cameras in the work area."

He said the cameras in the hallways and parking lot are okay and are not being considered for possible removal. After the meeting, he said "around a dozen" people have complained about the cameras.

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