Rotterdam senior center position vacant

Del Gallo removes project coordinator despite public outcry

— Rotterdam Supervisor Frank Del Gallo is sticking to his dismissal of the town's senior center Project Coordinator Diane Marco after she was recently reappointed to the position at the beginning of the year.

Residents shared their support for Marco during the Rotterdam Town Board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23, before the board failed to pass a resolution appointing John DeGeorgio, former director of the town's parks and recreation program and retired in 2009. The position is currently vacant and possible candidates for the part-time position holding an annual salary of $15,000 will be considered in the future. The appointment of DeGeorgio failed by the common 3-2 split, with Del Gallo and Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski voting in support.

Please defeat your motion this evening, said Jack Shiely, president of the Rotterdam Senior Association. "Why after 14 months ... she didn't pass her probationary period? That is kind of a long time " most probationary periods are a year, and we are well over a year now."

DeGeorgio also spoke at the meeting about being tapped for the position and said he was concerned what would happen at the senior center if nobody was in the position. He also denied concerns he vied for the position and got Marco removed.

"There was no deals made," said DeGeorgio. "I never asked any board member to put me back here in order to get rid of Diane Marco."

When DeGeorgio was asked to return, he questioned why and was told Marco would no longer be in the position. He also mentioned he called every board member on the board about the position.

"My fear is that this situation that you have here will not be resolved, and it will be in limbo like other situations that are here," said DeGeorgio. "You all need to come up with a plan to resolve your differences and understand each other's roles. What goes on at these meetings and in this town is a reflection of all of the residents, and, quite honestly, we don't look too good to other communities."

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