Re-Elect Rotterdam Supervisor Steven A. Tommasone
Re-Elect Rotterdam Supervisor Steven A. Tommasone
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. Since we took office in 2016, the Town Board has worked together to deliver five 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 and Rotterdam has witnessed progress that has helped us navigate the COVID crisis keeping our community vibrant and safe. 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.
This election year is shaping up differently as the Independence Party is no longer recognized by the State of New York. I have been fortunate to have had the endorsement of the Democratic Party these last few elections and have thus registered in the Democratic Party. I will run in a primary to be held on June 22, 2021 and hope you will support me now, then, and on Election Day, November 2, 2021.
I am hopeful you will agree that Rotterdam is making progress and re-elect me as your Town Supervisor.
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), and in 2022 expected to graduate from Clarkson University, David D. Reh School of Business, with a Masters in Business Administration.
• Married to Marilyn, for over 30 years & father of three adult daughters, two son-in-laws, and Nonno to two grandsons and another grandchild on the way.
• 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
Here are highlights of some of our recent accomplishments:
We completed major repairs and improvements to our Senior and Community Center with more slated for this year.
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 will soon complete a multi-million dollar project improving the Empire State Trail through Pattersonville & Rotterdam Junction. We will also see completion of a long-overdue 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. Due to the advancement of the Whispering Pines Senior Living Community, the cost of the Hamburg Street Sewer Line line has dramatically been reduced. Prospective development projects, and existing businesses and residential properties along Carman Road, Curry Road, and Hamburg Street will enlarge the sewer district further reducing costs for everyone.
Our Comprehensive Plan update is moving forward and working together with our Planning Commission and Department of Public Works, the Comprehensive Plan Committee will help us to further new zoning classifications which will improve the prospects for property owners from Main Street in Rotterdam Junction, to 5 Corners, to Hamburg Street, and I-90 Exits 25 & 25A, in particular.
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. The COVID crisis stymied some of the work we had planned for 2020 so we expect 2021 to be the year when we will finish what we started in 2019.
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 was completed 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 have hired consultants to assist us in the negotiations of our internet & cable franchise agreement which we expect to be completed in early 2022.
During my past town service, we built a new water tank to serve Water Districts 3 & 4. The past two years we have replaced our water main along Princetown Road, rehabilitated our May Avenue water tank, upgraded our water chlorination processes, upgraded our wastewater treatment plant, and are on the way to building a new highway salt storage building and new highway garage.
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.
I am excited to say thanks to Aldi's for recently proposing a new food market at 5 Corners! ViaPort added state offices, United Auto Supply, and other businesses with more to come. Draper Lofts, Solara, and Vista Square (the old Curry Road Plaza), and new buildings and businesses in Rotterdam's Corporate Park has added tens of millions in new tax base, great places for our residents to live, and good-paying jobs as well.
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 as we have done now for 5 successive budgets ensuring qualified residents receive their STAR rebates.
I humbly ask for your continued support to keep our Town's progress moving forward and to improve the prospects for new & innovative governmental efficiencies. We have made great investments in equipment, vehicles, buildings, and new technology and we are beginning to witness the effectiveness of these efforts.
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 every person who lives, works, and visits Rotterdam.
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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