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As I continue to wait on my FOIL request for the full midyear 2015 budget (the city clerk has promised some kind of answer by Primary Day), I’ve compiled enough new data to fill in some of the gaps mentioned in my previous post about the mayor’s claim that Glen Cove may be headed for a budget surplus.
That post noted that 1) a surplus seems mathematically unlikely given that we’re continuing to issue more debt to cover our expenses, and 2) the City relied on one-time windfalls in early 2015 that can’t be expected to sustain spending that exceeds recurring revenues.
Did you hear? Glen Cove is running a surplus. Hallelujah!
And there was no classified information in Hillary Clinton's emails.
An uncritical read of the City's mid-year press release trumpeting a possible budget surplus by year-end leaves one feeling confident (or maybe less apprehensive) about our leadership's fiscal management. But dig into the numbers a little, and the story changes.
I do mean "a little" because the actual mid-year financial statements are not available to the public without a FOIL request (which I'm submitting this morning).
Councilman Tony Gallo and Team Demand Answers Amid New Revelations
August 10, 2015, Glen Cove, NY … Republican mayoral candidate and two-term City Councilman Tony Gallo, in unison with his slate of City Council candidates, wholly supports the YMCA’s efforts to secure a long-term renewal of its lease. The team called the Glen Cove Neighborhood Association’s refusal to renew the lease an increasingly indefensible failure to deal fairly with a treasured mainstay of our City.
“The landlord, former ‘Y’ board members, and several elected and appointed officials of Glen Cove are small and closely overlapping groups of people,” noted Gallo. “The mayor insists this is not a city issue, but current and former decision makers of these private entities are also city policymakers. Like it or not, their conflicting roles have made this a city issue.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2015, Glen Cove, NY … Republican mayoral candidate Councilman Tony Gallo sent the following letter to Mayor Reggie Spinello on August 3, 2015.
“Dear Mayor Spinello,
Thank you for the response to my invitation to debate in late September. While I am disappointed that you were not interested, I am encouraged by your eagerness and am confident we’ll come to terms.
Team Gallo Raised Nearly 50% More
Than Cross-Endorsed Incumbent Spinello In First Half of 2015
Glen Cove, NY – According to recently released campaign finance disclosures, Tony Gallo and his team outraised incumbent mayor Reggie Spinello by nearly 50% in the first half of 2015.
Along with his six-member slate of City Council candidates, Gallo, a two-term Republican councilman, raised a total of $52,751, compared to the $35,880 brought in by Spinello, a member of the Independence Party backed by both the local Democratic and Republican committees.
Team Gallo’s support came largely from small donors, with sub-$200 donations accounting for 34% of the total, compared with 24% of Spinello’s support. Gallo appears to have caught the attention of voters more so than corporations. Among donations just from individuals, Gallo’s total of $42,873 more than doubled Spinello’s $20,205.