ROTTERDAM Supervisor Frank Del Gallo is determined to make John DeGeorgio the head of Recreation and Senior Programs, but when the resolution failed to pass the Rotterdam Town Board a second time, Del Gallo said, "Whatever way I've got to do it, I'm going to do it."
On Wednesday, March 9, for the second board meeting in a row, Del Gallo brought forward a resolution to appoint DeGeorgio, former head of the Recreation and Senior Programs, to the position previously occupied by Diane Marco, who was terminated at the end of February amid public outcry and concern from board members.
Despite Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva's absence, the resolution failed to pass, with fellow board members Matthew Martin and Wayne Calder voting against it and calling for the position to be advertised before any selection is made. The part-time position has a salary of $15,000.
"Mr. DeGeorgio is qualified for this job, and one way or another, he is going on that job," said De Gallo. "Hopefully, they will vote him on it. If they don't, the senior center must run, and as the supervisor, I am going to put the most qualified guy in that job."
Del Gallo said he was going to check what the law says pertaining to appointments and "that's the way it is going to be done," but Martin and Calder said they are not keen on rushing the process.
"I thought it would be best to have an interview process, not to mention that I think the current head of the senior center was unfairly dismissed," said Martin.
Calder said that after the Monday, March 7, agenda meeting, he thought there was an agreement to accept resumes from people and gather at least three applicants.
"When I left Monday night we were going to ask to have it tabled, but Mr. Del Gallo said, 'No sense, we might as well take it off the agenda then, and we'll leave it off for a week and post the job,'" said Calder before voting against the resolution. "We agreed that that was the right thing to do, and we thanked him, and it is back again."