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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.

— “Apparently you don’t believe in open and transparent government,” Godlewski said.

Since the other four Town Board members were unified, Godlewski’s vote didn’t have an effect on approving resolutions.

There were a total of 67 resolutions on the agenda spanning more than 5 pages, of which Godlewski voted in dissent on 12 resolutions. Often before voting down a resolution, he asked a question and received no response.

After the meeting Buffardi explained his avoidance of answering any of Godlewski’s questions.

“I just didn’t want to degrade it to a forum of an argument that I’ve seen in past board meetings,” Buffardi said. “The purpose of discussion is to discuss, not to argue. I accept his comments and move on.”

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