Schenectady County

Town of Rotterdam settles with former assessor

Town officials approved an agreement with former assessor John Macejka Jr. providing him with cash f
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Town officials approved an agreement with former assessor John Macejka Jr. providing him with cash for vacation time and the town with assurance that he will not bring suit.

The town will pay Macejka for 259 hours worth of vacation leave he had banked while employed between July 2003 and December 2007. The agreement will give Macejka a cash payment of about $8,000, which is roughly $1,500 more than he would have made under limits provided in Rotterdam’s CSEA agreement.

In exchange for the time, Macejka agrees to absolve the town of all other legal liability to him during his term as assessor. Supervisor Steve Tommasone said the agreement allows the town to avoid any potential legal battles with Macejka over compensation.

“It prevents us from any future litigation as well, which would cost us much more in legal fees than what we’re paying him,” he said. “This was the right thing to do.”

Four of the five board Town Board members voted in favor of approving the agreement during their meeting Wednesday. John Silva, the fifth member, was absent.

In December, Tommasone rejected Macejka and appointed Craig Surprise, a Columbia County assessor, to a six-year term. Macejka blamed politics and residential uproar over the unpopular property revaluation for his ousting. The reassessment was concluded last year by an outside firm, GAR Associates.

Macejka did not return a call for comment Wednesday evening.

NEW TRUCKS

In other business, town officials approved a $1.1 million bond anticipation note to purchase highway equipment for the Public Works Department. The 15-year bond will purchase a loader, brush truck, two snowplow-sander trucks, a dump truck and backhoe, as well as five sander units.

Tommasone said replacing the equipment is long overdue. He said the town rolled the new bond into an existing bond, which allowed them to secure an interest rate of about 4 percent.

“It’s a good move for the highway department and it’s a good move for the town in the long run.”

The town also approved the promotion of Patrick Farry, an officer with the Rotterdam Police. Farry, a 10-year veteran of the force, achieved the rank of investigator and will earn an annual salary of $65,599.

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