Dominic Dagostino, left, hands over a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Schenectady County Conservative Party to Rotterdam Junction Fire Department Chief Shawn Taylor, as Mike Viscusi looks on with Conservative Club President Robert Hamilton, right.
ROTTERDAM JUNCTION Floodwaters have long receded, but residents of Rotterdam Junction are facing a new challenge of a colder nature.
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino delivered a $1,000 donation on behalf of the county Conservative Party to Rotterdam Junction Fire Department Chief Shawn Taylor last week. Dagostino, a registered Conservative, said Mike Viscusi, a Conservative candidate for the Rotterdam Town Board, visited the area as clean-up efforts were under way and brought a request to the county Conservative Executive Board to donate money to help with relief efforts. Dagostino said the donation is two-fold, to both thank the department and hopefully spur additional donations from other community organizations.
“[The donation is] to say ‘thank you’ to the fine job that those firefighters did during the hurricane down there attending to needs of the community,” Dagostino said. “Also, to bring attention to the plight that those people are up against down here in the hopes other community organizations would help in the same way or any way they could.”
Despite dire circumstances, Dagostino said the firefighters and community came together to help each other out and start rebuilding the community.
“I was very, very impressed with their efforts to take care of their own community,” Dagostino said. “Those folks did one hell of a job down there. Quite a few of these [firefighter] volunteers themselves had lost quite a bit if not everything and yet they were still out assisting their community and the people that live in that community with their needs.”
Chief Taylor said many of the residents are beyond the cleaning stage and the ones deciding to remain in the area are starting to rebuild and get their homes ready for the winter.
“The heating in the houses is a big priority to get the heat back online with cold coming,” Taylor said.