A Personal Note From
Thank you for the privilege to serve as your Town Supervisor. In 2015, I was fortunate to run with Samantha Miller-Herrera and Evan Christou. Samantha, Evan and I have worked hard to deliver three successive budgets under the tax cap. Together we have kept our promises and begun the work of rebuilding our town water and sewer infrastructure helping our town to grow. I believe we have been successful these past few years and I ask you to support us again in this years election. There is more work to be accomplished for the long-term vitality of our Town of Rotterdam and we've proven we can deliver on our promises.
During our 2015 and 2017 elections, I asked you to vote for Board Members who would work together collaboratively for our Town. Thank you for doing so! Our entire Town Board is working well together and that is in large part due to Evan & Samantha's leadership.
I am hopeful you will agree that Rotterdam is making progress and re-elect me as your Town Supervisor while re-electing Samantha Miller-Herrera and Evan Christou and re-electing James Bradshaw for Town Justice.
Steven A. Tommasone
Town of Rotterdam
Supervisor Steven A. Tommasone
• A life-long Rotterdam resident
• A graduate of Schalmont Central Schools, SUNY Cobleskill (A.A.S. Business Administration) and Siena College (B.S. Marketing and Management)
• Married to Marilyn, for over 30 years & father of three adult daughters, two son-in-laws, and Nonno to a grandson.
• A past Town Board Member, serving from 2003-2005
• Town Supervisor from 2006 through 2009, re-elected November, 2015
• Institutional Relationship Manager with over 30 years of financial services experience
•Notary Public, State of New York
•Independence Party Member and endorsed by the Democrat, Conservative, and Working Families Parties
Here are highlights of some of our recent accomplishments:
We've been awarded millions in grants from New York State for upgrades to our water infrastructure, received hundreds of thousands from Schenectady County and Metroplex to improve our town parks & sewer pump stations. We recently purchased property in Rotterdam Junction to protect our water wells with grants from New York State and Metroplex. We completed a new water well, which yields us over 3,000 gallons per minute, from a $1.7 million grant from New York State. New York State also recently informed us that they will embark on a multi-million dollar project to improve the Empire State Trail through Pattersonville & Rotterdam Junction. When they do so, NYS will also help us to complete a major drainage project beginning on Lock Street. Rotterdam Junction will also benefit from a $2.7 million project for new sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements along 5S. We reapplied for grants to reduce the cost of the Hamburg Street Sewer Line, and recent development projects will join the sewer district further reducing costs for everyone over the next several years.
We eliminated the $50 brush fee as promised.
Working with our Planning Commission and Department of Public Works, the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has introduced new zoning which will improve the prospects for property owners from Main Street in Rotterdam Junction, to 5 Corners, to Hamburg Street.
We have also begun the process of updating our Town's Comprehensive Plan having recently appointed a 7 member committee to do so.
Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our Parks Committee, and the great work of our Parks and Town employees, we've made improvements to all of our town parks with much more to be done this year.
Work completed includes the resurfacing of our tennis courts at Juracka Park and Esposito Park, redevelopment of our basketball courts at Carman, Esposito, and Memorial Parks, and with a grant from Schenectady County, work has begun at Woestina Park with additional improvements in the works. With the help of local Boy Scouts, and investments by our Town, we've completed rehabilitation of our Great Flats Nature Trail entrance and parking lot.
We will soon begin negotiations of our internet & cable franchise agreement.
During my past town service, we built a new water tank to serve Water Districts 3 & 4. We completed zoning and growth plans for each of the I-90 Exits 25, 25A, and 26, which have been used to introduce new planning and zoning laws.
Our shared vision of improving our water and sewer infrastructure, bring in new commercial projects and redevelop empty buildings, introducing new mixed use zoning, and development of senior housing and related services throughout our town will bring us the tax base we need to improve our town infrastructure and keep property taxes low.
Thanks to private investments, our mall at ViaPort is making a major comeback. Draper Lofts, Solara, and Vista Square (the old Curry Road Plaza), and new buildings and businesses coming to Rotterdam's Corporate Park will add millions in new tax base and bring good-paying jobs for our residents in 2019 & beyond!
We're focused on redeveloping 5 Corners, Hamburg Street and Curry Road (Exit 25). Coupled with commercial, industrial, and residential development along the Burdeck Street and Duanesburg Road corridor (Exit 25A), leisure and commercial opportunities along Route 5S; a furtherance of residential, small business, and environmentally-friendly riverfront development in Rotterdam Junction is what we hope to see in the future.
You have my pledge to be a protector of our environment, having supported the creation of Land Conservation Zoning which has led to the protection of our Aquifer and more green space by conserving hundreds of acres. In summary, our town administration is working tirelessly to put Rotterdam on the map in the Capital District as the town that’s planning its future - ever mindful of our quality of life.
We are dedicated to keeping our town budget within the
state-mandated tax cap and we'll do it again for our 2020 budget ensuring qualified residents receive their STAR rebates.
We need your continued support to re-elect us to keep our Town's progress moving forward and to improve the prospects for new & innovative governmental efficiencies.
Please help us to re-elect:
Steven Tommasone - Supervisor
Samantha Miller-Herrera - Town Board
Evan Christou - Town Board
James Bradshaw - Town Justice
Tony Jasenski & Matt Martin -
County Legislators for District 4
The public's safety is our first and constant priority. From ensuring our School Resource Police Officer positions continue to serve both Mohonasen and Schalmont, to protecting our town and neighborhoods with well‐maintained roads, water and sewer infrastructure, we must not waiver in ensuring the safety of our children, fellow residents and businesses.
Economic development efforts and conservatively managing the finances of our town will provide us with the revenues and savings to ensure the growth of our tax base and the continuance of providing the necessary police, highway and town services to residents & businesses.
Our Town has great access to infrastructure for commerce along railways and highways which afford us great opportunities for commercial and industrial development to bring more businesses, tax base, & jobs to Rotterdam. We must continue working together with Metroplex and our County economic development team. As our record shows, we've successfully worked with our county and state officials to receive funds to rebuild our water and sewer infrastructure and there is more to come. We've had a great partner in Metroplex who has invested hundreds of thousands these past several years helping us on projects throughout Rotterdam.
We have focused attention on our goal of making Rotterdam a walkable community by improving existing sidewalks, installing new ones & implementing traffic calming devices enabling accessibility for people of all ages and abilities.
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