A new future promised
continued To rousing applause Anthony Jasenski, chairman for the Rotterdam Democratic Committee and county legislator, once again stood upon a chair to give a victory speech, in a moment reminiscent of the night of the primary election.
“We recognized early on in this process that we were going to win and be successful in our quest to restore good government to Rotterdam,” Jasenski said. “We won a hard-fought, divisive and bitter primary contest … that made us stronger and more committed to our success.”
Jasenski said while campaigning door to door, residents said they wanted an “end to the political rhetoric” and action on “real issues” confronting the town, such as holding the line on taxes, spurring economic development and creating jobs.
“The people have spoken tonight and I am proud to say that their message was heard in their vote for our team,” Jasenski said. “We look forward to start setting a new course, a new direction, on Jan. 1, 2012.”
The only bid the town Democrats lost was in the reelection of Republican James Longo to the post of highway superintendent. Democrat Vincent Romano fell short with 3,236 votes, or 43 percent, while Longo amassed 3,721 votes, or 49 percent. Also, Rotterdam First Party candidate Larry Lamora held the least support in that race with at 606 votes, or 8 percent of the vote.