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Town of Rotterdam officials sworn into office

Godlewski largely ignored by board in first meeting

Newly elected Supervisor Harry Buffardi takes the oath of office before the Rotterdam Town Board got down to business.

Newly elected Supervisor Harry Buffardi takes the oath of office before the Rotterdam Town Board got down to business. Photo by John Purcell.

— Councilman Viscusi also thanked his family for standing with him in his bid for office.

“I would like to thank everybody, starting with my family and friends for being here today, but most of all my wife, Raffaela, and my two girls that I drove crazy throughout the whole campaign. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” Viscusi said. “This is all new to me, so I got some things that I need to learn and hopefully I can serve you well, but if there is anything I would like to be your voice.”

Before diving into the Town Board organizational meeting, Buffardi shared opening remarks outlining his focus for Rotterdam.

Following flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, Buffardi said the board would need to research and pursue all forms of assistance the town government can provide affected residents.

Taxes will remain an issue moving forward, he said.

“We will strive to maintain the services and at the same time being respectful of the 2 percent property tax cap,” Buffardi said.

He added the new members of the town’s management team would strengthen the town in facing difficulties ahead.

“I believe that we have not only recruited but looked around and brought on the best and brightest we could find,” he said. “They are the most suited for the jobs.”

He said he’s worked with Calder for several years now and is confident in naming him deputy supervisor.

“We’ve worked together for about 40 years now, actually in some situations that were life and death, so I feel very comfortable having Wayne as the deputy supervisor,” he said.

Buffardi said he’ll be bringing a unique approach to tow government.

“It has often been said and perhaps overstated that ‘town government should run like a business’ and I find it a little bit unusual because this is kind of an unusual business to be in,” Buffardi said. “I would like to make a modification to that … and say that town government should run more businesslike.”

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