Newly elected Supervisor Harry Buffardi takes the oath of office before the Rotterdam Town Board got down to business.
Photo by John Purcell.
ROTTERDAM Recently elected Rotterdam officials were recently sworn in front of a gathering of family and friends, but the celebratory spirit ended once the yearly organizational meeting commenced.
The Rotterdam Democrats presenting themselves as the administration to reunite the town were sworn in on the first day of the year, ready to take charge. Those taking the oath of office were newly elected Supervisor Harry Buffardi, reelected and now Deputy Supervisor Wayne Calder, newly elected Councilman Mike Viscusi, new Town Clerk Diane Marco, reelected Town Justice Kevin Mercoglan and reelected Republican Highway Superintendent James Longo. Everyone sworn in thanked the public for supporting them in their bids.
Supervisor Buffardi introduced his family members standing with him and said his wife, Nancy, is “the leader of the clan” holding the family together.
“She cares for us and tends to us and even supports us when we decide to do something stupid like run for public office,” Buffardi said as the audience laughed. “I am very happy to serve the Town of Rotterdam in this capacity. I grew up here, it was a wonderful place to live … I would like to continue that tradition and to continue to make this a wonderful town for everyone to raise their children.”
Deputy Supervisor Calder was also joined by two of his children and his grandchildren.
Calder commented on how he has run for office two years in a row now, first to fill a vacancy and now for a full four-year term, which has kept him and his family busy.
“Our lives have been nothing but running for office,” Calder said. “We are going to do a good job. We got a good bunch of people here and I can see good things happening. The past is past, this is going to be good.”