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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.

Getting organized

— The tone for meeting was set early as Councilman Robert Godlewski (who was deputy supervisor under the former administration) called for an executive session to discuss the personnel related matters on the agenda, but failed to receive a second on the motion to bring it for a vote.

Godlewski called for the executive session because he wasn’t briefed on the agenda before the meeting. Although he is a Democrat, he was a part of the town Democrats splitting from the main party. In the recent primary election he ran for the Democratic nomination for District 4 of the Schenectady County Legislature, but failed in that bid.

Buffardi confirmed after the meeting that Godlewski wasn’t briefed on the agenda prior to the meeting, but said he planned to include the full board in the future.

On the very first resolution on the agenda, Godlewski questioned Supervisor Buffardi, asking for more information on the appointment of Katherine McGuirl as Town Attorney.

“[It] was interesting to hear your comments about open and transparent government, however I am asked to make a decision here to appoint an attorney I don’t have a whole lot of information on,” Godlewski said. “You four over there have met and gone over this whole agenda, everything, and pre-committed your votes. I knew when I asked for that executive board meeting you were going to say ‘no,’ because you have already made your mind up, but I am still a board member, alright.”

What followed in response from Buffardi was repeated in some form throughout the meeting many times: “Is there any other discussion?”

Buffardi ignored Godlewski every time he asked a questioned during the meeting.

“Ignoring the question is not answering it,” Godlewski said to Buffardi, who responded, “That’s correct.”

After Buffardi still didn’t answer Godlewski’s question, the councilman denounced Buffardi.

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