Castellano: How did we get here?
First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano sent Hoboken411 the following letter:
Lies, Deception & Deceit
How did we get here? Regarding City finances, the short version is through lies, deception and deceit on the part of the Mayor and Business Administrator.
David Roberts elected, inherits a $52 million dollar budget, a $5 million dollar surplus and declares “$52 million is an obscene figure to run the City.”
Roberts is running for re-election, but four council member close the city for four days because the budget is too high. Mayor claims politics and his three running mates confirm it’s politics.
Roberts increases budget to a soaring $120 million dollars. Administrator admits to deferring the over-expenditures along with the Mayor, but was also hiding it from the Council with the under funded budget.
Understand, under the Faulkner Act, only the Mayor and Business Administrator devise the budget. They alone conspired the deceptions. NOT the Council, Finance Committee or the CFO.
The Council is totally committed to working with the state monitor with the real numbers and put the City on the road to financial recovery. Amendments to the budget have been recommended at this last meeting and I am sure there will be more in future meetings to alleviate this hardship.
There is so much more to this saga, with the disregard to the taxpayers’ money.
I am very proud of my minority status under this administration. I have been a strong advocate for spending reform while Roberts enjoyed is solid block of six YES votes to support his agendas, which he no longer enjoys.
I would value the opportunity to answer questions on this issue. Please contact me at 201-656-9559 or 201-233-3915
(FYI – since I typed this faxed copy of the letter in myself – here is the original for your to review)