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[UPDATED] Martin leaves Rotterdam Town Board for county seat

Former Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva returns to board, Godlewski questions process

— Matthew Martin has left his Rotterdam Town Board seat to fill a vacancy in the Schenectady County Legislature, and a familiar face will take his place.

Martin was selected by Democratic county legislators to be appointed to the District 4 seat formerly held by Angelo Santabarbara, who was elected in November to represent the 111th Assembly District. Martin will be appointed during the legislature’s regular meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 12. Nicola DiLeva, a former Rotterdam councilwoman, was appointed on Saturday, Feb. 2, to Martin’s vacant seat on the Town Board.

Martin on Thursday, Jan. 31, said “it happened very quickly” and the appointment wasn’t planned, but he welcomed the opportunity. He was serving the final year of his four-year Town Board term.

“I accepted it to further my public service duties to the county,” Martin said. “I’m proud and honored to be considered for the County Legislature and I hope to continue my service to the town and now to the great towns of Princetown and Duanesburg.”

Legislature Chairwoman Judy Dagostino, D-Rotterdam, welcomed Martin to his new position.

“We are excited to bring Matt Martin and his expertise as an engineer with General Electric to the legislature,” Dagostino said in a statement. “He has served the Town of Rotterdam well as a councilmember and I’m sure he will do a great job representing all of the residents in District 4.”

DiLeva said she reached out to Supervisor Harry Buffardi once she heard about the potential vacancy and is “excited” to rejoin the Town Board.

“I spoke to the supervisor and told him I would love to come back,” DiLeva said. “This time it is very transparent and the town is headed in such a good direction and I want to be part of it.”

Buffardi said he considers DiLeva an “asset” to the board, pointing to her past experience.

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