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Rotterdam budget talks divide board

Preliminary budget hearing leads with board’s disagreement

— Also, Republican hopeful Brian McGarry, who lost his bid for supervisor, echoed Villano and said the preliminary budget is “kicking the can down the road” and has fiscal problems that will “explode” in the 2013 budget.

DelGallo did make some final remarks before the meeting adjourned. He said when hard times come cuts need to be made that are not popular and not easy to make.

“When I came here I had no political background and very little of it now, but I do know how to run a business and I know how hard it is to go weeks sometime without a paycheck,” DelGallo said. “You have to live within your means. You can’t spend more than your revenues are … benefits, payroll, everything keeps climbing … the only business we got is people and services and that is what is costing us money.”

The town must adopt a budget by Nov. 20.

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