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R’dam Dems dominate election

DelGallo dumped by voters, McGarry falls short on supervisor bid

Rotterdam Democratic Committee Chairman and Schenectady County Legislator Anthony Jasenski once again stood atop a chair and gave a victory speech after the 2011 General Election results secured nearly all the parties bids.

Rotterdam Democratic Committee Chairman and Schenectady County Legislator Anthony Jasenski once again stood atop a chair and gave a victory speech after the 2011 General Election results secured nearly all the parties bids. Photo by John Purcell.

— “If the victory would have been decided by sheer shoe leather alone I would have beat both of them collectively,” McGarry said. “I am and was in tune with the voters, but I don’t think I was able to get that across effectively enough.”

McGarry said he didn’t hold enough endorsements in the election. He ran on two ballot lines opposed to Buffardi’s four ballot lines, but he also said he didn’t have as much money to spend on the campaign as the other candidates.

Although DelGallo held just over 15 percent of the votes, McGarry said he didn’t believe DelGallo was a “spoiler” by siphoning votes away from him.

Dems secure Board seats

The Rotterdam Democrats also won their Town Board bids, with incumbent Wayne Calder holding 3,651 votes, or 25 percent, and newcomer Mike Viscusi garnering slightly more at 3,852 votes, or 26 percent. Republican Christopher Tomaselli fell short at 3,247 votes, or 22 percent, and fellow GOP candidate Joseph Villano had 2,960 votes, or 20 percent. The Rotterdam First Party candidates secured a scattered few votes, with William Cooke holding 541 votes, or 4 percent of the total, and Delores Doriguzzi with 301 votes, or 2 percent.

Buffardi announced he would be selecting Calder to be deputy supervisor after election results are solidified.

“[Calder] and I start tomorrow to start working some of these issues out and how we are going to handle that,” Buffardi said. “Certainly we want to develop teamwork and work together with other members of the council, but we also want to involve department heads, members of the community, all that good government stuff.”

As far as Buffardi and fellow Democrats securing Town Board seats ending dysfunctional Town Board dynamics, which many have claimed to be rampant, Buffardi said he “hoped so.”

“One of the reason I became interested in this race was because I was interested in some of the dynamics that were going on in that board,” Buffardi said. “Some of it was almost a comedy routine. I hope that I can bring some stability to that.”

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