HAMBURG — Dominic Calandra is running for town of Evans highway superintendent.
As a young boy, he entered the working class at age 10, where he worked at his father's barbershop, cleaning up at the end of the day. By age 14, he worked for the city of Buffalo on the SEDA program, where he cleaned streets and parks. This was a summer youth program. At the age of 16, he parked cars at Greenstreets Cafe on Elmwood Avenue. He joined the Laborer's Union at age 18, where he worked for 32 years.
He and his wife Jamie married in 1978 and raised three children together, becoming residents of the town of Evans in 1986. His three children all attended Lake Shore schools.
In 1977, Calandra started his construction career as a general laborer and worked his way to foreman and general foreman/superintendent on many local road, infrastructure and building projects. He was selected by the Laborer's International Union to help reform Laborer's Local 210 on April 1, 2000. He was elected secretary-treasurer in January 2011. He has attended many financial courses provided by the Laborer's International.
In 2007, he was elected the president of Local 210 and received training in finances and leadership. He also studied courses in labor management. These were provided by Cornell University.
He has coached the Evans Little Loop football organization for many years; he also coached youth soccer and said that he is proud to have the opportunity to do so. He also helped coordinate a senior volunteer cleanup day, provided by SAC, to rake leaves, hang storm windows and clean gutters.
"My work career will continue, as I work my way to the elected position of town of Evans superintendent of highways," he said. "I am dedicated to do the work and make our roads better for you. I will always remember who I work for, and that is you. The residents and taxpayers of the town of Evans. With your vote and your support on Nov. 5, we as a team can bring this to a reality. We can reform the town of Evans Highway Department together."