Rotterdam set to vote on ambulance provider

During the Town Board special meeting on Monday, May 2, Calder publicly disclosed that his son-in-law works for Mohawk, and he wanted to discuss with the town attorney on if he should or shouldn't vote based on the possible conflict. Calder said he has no financial interest in which company the ambulance service provider contract is awarded to, but he didn't want to complicate and create a future problem if somebody challenges the vote. Upon getting elected, he said he told every board member about this possible conflict.

While Calder said his personal attorney said there wasn't a conflict in him voting, the town attorney said there was.

"[Devaprasad] said he really researched it and looked at it and he said no," said Calder. "I'm not happy, but there is nothing I can do. If I vote and I cause a problem by voting, than whatever is done might be null and void. I don't want to be responsible for that."

CORRECTION: Please note, it was not Councilman Wayne Calder, but Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski that said he has heard through "unofficial sources" that the Office of the Attorney General might have begun looking into the REMS' collection of ALS fees that weren't handed over to the town. The Spotlight regrets this error and apologizes for any confusion. The story above was edited to reflect this correction. ""

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