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R'dam supervisor race takes shape

Former sheriff a top contender as endorsement for Del Gallo remains uncertain

Candidates for Rotterdam town supervisor are stepping into the spotlight as early interest has been expressed by many seeking to lead town government.

By the end of March, endorsements from the Democratic and Republican parties should be known, with former Schenectady County Sheriff Harry Buffardi being asked to run by the town's Democratic committee, and current Supervisor Frank Del Gallo waiting to see who will back him in his bid for reelection. Del Gallo ran on the Conservative line but was cross-endorsed by the Democratic Party when he defeated Republican Steve Tommasone in 2009 by 250 votes. The majority of Del Gallo's votes came from the Democratic ballot line.

I've been here, and I didn't finish the work I've got to do, said Del Gallo. "I did a good job so far. Why wouldn't they want me back? I actually did more in one year than the last three supervisors did in 10 years."

Del Gallo had recently filed the forms to switch from a registered Conservative to Democrat, but the change would not go in effect until after the upcoming election. He said he plans to send out letters to all of the political parties for an endorsement in the upcoming election. Even if a party doesn't endorse him, he said he will "run anyway, so it doesn't matter."

Buffardi has yet to confirm his bid for election, but he said he stepped up after being contacted for several months by party members and residents.

"Several people have contacted me over the past several months, some of them repeatedly, to ask me to step into the race," said Buffardi. "It has been that interest that has kept me in the hunt."

Buffardi said he was "heavily recruited" by the Rotterdam Democratic Committee.

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