Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Town Council: Philip "P.J." Roder

P.J. Roder
Town Council

Philip (P.J.) Roder seeks your support for re-election as a member of the Stephentown Town Council. He is a graduate of Averill Park High School, has taken additional courses at HVCC, and has completed the first two levels of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training. He serves as a Board Member for the Eastern Rensselaer County Solid Waste Management Authority, and is an active member of Laborers International Local 157 and the Stephentown Trail Riders Snowmobile Club. PJ lives on South Moore Hill Road with his wife, Eileen, and his stepson. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and auto racing

PJ has been a Superintendent for Rifenburg Contracting Corporation for over 12 years, where he is involved with the day-to-day operations of state, municipal and private construction projects. Recent projects he has headed include the new Beechnut Plant in Montgomery County and the Albany Landfill Expansion. He typically is in charge of projects valued at several million dollars and often has 50-60 employees under his direction. He is accountable for all purchasing and spending on these projects, giving him extensive experience with budgets. He also coordinates the work of both employees and sub-contractors, which has led to the development of strong management and interpersonal skills. He knows what it takes to develop a productive team and how to work as a member of a team.

PJ has found his first term on the Town Council to be both fulfilling and fun. Although members of the Town Council often disagree, PJ enjoys working with his colleagues to find solutions that are in the best interest of everybody in Stephentown. He was part of a team that ran 4 years ago on the platform of Accountability and Integrity in local government and will continue this focus if re-elected. Accomplishments he is proud of participating in during his first term include a lowering of expenditures for Legal Council, implementation of a new Fuel Management System for the Town (which is shared with the Fire District), improvements in both the Town Garage and the Transfer Station, and the development of spreadsheets to track expenditures for the Transfer Station, the Fuel Management System, and an Inventory of all Town assets. As one example of how accountability works, he sites the decrease in expenditures for uniform cleaning from $8,000 per year to $2,500 per year.

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