continued The Town Planning Commission stipends remained unchanged, totaling $29,000 for the seven-person board. Also, the Town Zoning Board of Appeals stipends were unchanged at $11,000 for the five-person board.
The Rotterdam Police Department is set to see a shrinking staff with DelGallo planning to demote three detectives back to patrolmen and lay off three patrolmen.
Rotterdam Police Chief James Hamilton said he hadn’t heard of such cuts before the meeting and said DelGallo had told him two detective positions were up for elimination. Overall, the police budget was reduced by over $200,000 compared to the 2011 modified budget.
Earlier in the meeting Town Comptroller Anthony Tangarone said not all department heads were aware of the proposed cuts before the budget was released.
“It is going to be a combination of some surprised and some not surprised,” said Tangarone. “The department heads are very well aware these cuts are on the line.”
Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva wasn’t pleased all department heads weren’t aware of the proposed cuts.
“I have a big problem with that,” she said.
DelGallo said an effort was made to spread cuts out evenly between all departments. Tangarone echoed his comments and said it will be a tough budget for every department.
“This is very painful … every department is suffering pain in this process. In order to get under the 2 percent tax cap limitation major alterations were needed,” said Tangarone. “This year is probably going to be as painful as next year. Things need to be looked at not only in just this year’s budget, but also going into the future.”
Senior programming in the town received an almost 50 percent reduction in funding compared to the modified 2011 budget, which held cuts nearing $85,000. The Brass Rail cafeteria at the center would be shut down and funding for 17 part-time positions is removed, which totals $30,500 in requested funds.