Rotterdam supervisor sets year’s priorities

Town focuses on new police and justice building, code enforcement and economic development

— After settling longstanding issues during his first year in office, Rotterdam Town Supervisor Harry Buffardi says he is ready to delve into other looming concerns.

The Rotterdam Town Board on Tuesday, Jan. 1, held its organizational meeting and unanimously approved more than 50 resolutions preparing the town for the year, including appointments and reappointments to various positions. Councilman Robert Godlewski was absent from the meeting. Before speedily adopting resolutions, Buffardi reflected on the administration’s accomplishments and goals for the coming year.

Town officials for several years have discussed constructing a new Police Department and Justice Center, but a solution could be reached later this year, Buffardi said.

“We need to pursue efforts to bring a new Police Department and Justice Center into the town to replace this very old, dilapidated building they are in now and bring them up to code and up to where they should be,” he said.

The town is hoping to find a developer to construct the facility and then allow the town to lease it, so the town doesn’t have to finance the project itself and can spread out the cost, according to Buffardi. He said it would be similar to the long-term lease the county did for its Human Services Building on Broadway and Schenectady County Community College with Center City.

“We are looking into those strategies right now,” Buffardi said. “We are looking at a couple different locations right now.”

Buffardi declined to offer any further details on the project, because the town is still in negotiations. He said the town would determine if the cost will fit into its budget, but savings through implementation of the county’s Unified Central Dispatch in 2014 could be used to help finance the deal. The town was estimated to be saving around $160,000 annually through centralized dispatch.

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