Villa’s campaign fund takes in recent contributions

According to the New York State Board of Elections, Mayor Michael Villa’s campaign fund has taken in $5,158 in contributions so far this year. When reached for comment today, Villa said that he held a fundraiser in March, but has not yet officially announced that he is running for re-election in 2019.

Four businesses were among the top contributors this year. Pollard Excavating contributed $787, Collar City Auctions contributed $500, Cranesville Block Company contributed $250, and River Ridge Operating, LLC contributed $250. Top individual contributors were Patrick McLaughlin of Latham who contributed $500 and Sal Megna of Amsterdam who contributed $250.

The Amsterdam Common Council approved Pollard Excavating for a $3.19 million contract last year for work on the city’s sewer system. The firm submitted the “lowest, most responsible bid” and was also recommended by the city’s contracted engineering firm McDonald Engineering. Collar City Auctions recently ran the city’s foreclosed property auction.

In regards to the contributions, Villa said that while he welcomes them, those contributions don’t guarantee a seat in the mayor’s office.

“It guarantees nothing,” said Villa. “I don’t make promises to anybody.”

He added that especially in the area of awarding bids for infrastructure projects, he tries to stay out of the process, deferring to recommendations from the engineering office.


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One Response to Villa’s campaign fund takes in recent contributions

  1. AvatarJohn Stage says:

    Question is: What has been done for that $3.19 million, the river is still being dumped into by the City, polluting the drinking waters for everyone downstream, including Scotia, Schenectady and other Cities, Towns and Villages until it reach’s the Hudson River. From what I was told by a man who worked for the City for 30 years plus, this has always been going on, just no one said anything. You know what, “It’s Disgusting” no wonder people are getting sick and dying. I have questioned many things this City does, but something like this is something that cannot be swept under the rug again, someone eventually will bring the state and/or Government in to see what is going on, and it won’t look good for the City. The Residents, Tax Payer’s want to know, what is happening here, what did they get for that money, and when is the City going to show the residents any improvements to the city they grew up in. Let’s stop blaming others like Schenectady has always done, let’s stop the quibbling and get down to business here.