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Finizio Releases Budget Figures Requested By Opponents

Mayor characterizes accusations of lack of transparency as "pure politics"

Describing complaints of lack of transparency as "pure politics," Mayor Daryl Finizio has released budget information requested by opponents of the city's $42,323,256 municipal budget for the 2013 fiscal year.

The information was released this afternoon, on the eve of a referendum vote on the budget. Voters will decide whether to uphold the budget as well as the tax rate, which was increased 7.5 percent from 25.31 to 27.22.

Finizio said the information, which has since been posted on the city website, was provided at the request of Councilor Adam Sprecace as well as Avner Gregory, a member of the group Lower Our Taxes. Finizio said the Finance Department, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"city-of-new-london-finance"} -->,

NewLondonSource September 18, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Finizio really can't be that cavalier; he feels asking the finance director THE DAY BEFORE THE REFERENDUM to format and provide information that was requested months ago is considered timely? Mr. Smith seems to have been able to turn around such a request in less than 12 hours (per his own admission of when he was asked by Finizio), so the real question (albeit rhetorical) is why did Finizio wait until the day before to ask? Pure politics, as Finizio would term it, does not seem to be beneath 'his honor' himself.
Rick Lushay September 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Finizio said. “Almost all of this information had been provided to the City Council on prior occasions.” That statement says it all. come on, what an arrogant ass he is. He told The Day Columnist that Mr. Gregory would have the info last week. I guess deadlines and his word are meaningless. This is pure politics the way the mayor does business.
Rick Lushay September 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM
From article in The Day, Late Monday afternoon, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio released pages of information, much of what Sprecace had been seeking. It is available on the city’s website at www.ci.new-london.ct.us. Late Monday, why so late, did the mayor and his staff not have the information. If not how could they support the budget or a yes vote. If they did have it all earlier why not release it earlier, why wait so long. It is a game for Finizio and he is playing with peoples lives. And he released "MUCH" of what councilor Sprecace has been asking for, why not ALL of it? The secrecy and lack of transparency has to end before anyone supports this mayor or any of his crap.
Rick Lushay September 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM
A quick note, if Mr. Gregory and Councilor Sprecace requested the information months ago and if last week Finizio told David Collins at The Day the information would be given to Mr. Gregory "This Week" why was it only requested from the finance director by Finizio on 9/17/12?
Emily Kendall September 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
It was very disappointing to see and hear union leaders who do not even live in New London supporting a tax hike in New London. As a retired teamster I was very upset as I watched this on TV. These type of antics by union leaders give union members a bad name. The labor council president should be ashamed sending someone else here to New London to spread this word. Unions always have preached education when it comes to voting, Unions never told their members or the public how to vote. Educate on the issues and voters, especially union voters will make the correct decision, tell them how to vote without the education and they will go the other way almost every time. The young union leaders out there last night at council need to step down and get the basics down of member mobilization and education before speaking in public. These bully tactics never work. They usually backfire.
Sue P. September 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Emily it was disgraceful to see them at city hall last night. When I got there I looked around and said to them OMG you all live in Waterford. Talk about a bunch of back stabbers. Some even went as far to threaten my family that our garbage will some how get skipped. One of the union members is so mad that he now has to drive a garbage truck. He actually blames the tax payers and he actually believes Finizio. Well Finizio got what he wanted we are all starting to turn on each other. If the unions want higher taxes then they should tell there towns to raise their taxes. If you don't live here don't tell us how to vote. VOTE NO
citygirl September 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
If you don't live in New London then you don't feel our burden/pain. The charter should require all New London employees to live in New London. This is outrageous! Jeff Smith isn't a friend of New London- he has showed his true colors, like I said before, he needs to go (along with Finizio) VOTE NO
David Irons September 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I would agree with those who feel that city employees should live within the city. But as far as making that a provision in the city charter, I believe it was at one time and when challenged was found to be unconstitutional. Releasing these figure at such a late hour is nothing more than a ruse by the mayor. If the numbers have been available for as long as he says they have, why the delay when Sprecase and Gregory asked for them? Letting the voters have this information just the afternoon prior to the referendum does not allow sufficient time for the average citizen to digest what is in the document.
citygirl September 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
If the NO vote carries today then the city council should significantly reduce overtime, don't fill vacant positions, remove newly added positions, and if necessary have furlough days for city employees- never mind reducing garbage pickup and closing centers. That's ridiculous!! Obviously, city salaries are far above the private sector and need to be reduced. How many city employees would quit?? NONE Those union members don't care about taxpayers, they only care about their welfare! Gimme a break when they say, they love New London. They don't even live in New London!!
Emily Kendall September 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Make sure if they skip your garbage you file a formal complaint. Any city employee that retaliates against the taxpayers should be fired immediately.
Emily Kendall September 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Citygirl, Well stated, We should outsource most of those jobs and save a ton of money. Then we will see how they like it. Even today there are non resident union leaders are at the polls supporting the yes vote. I do believe that whne these workers need the support of the taxpayers it will not be there for them. Outsource all their jobs!
David Irons September 18, 2012 at 02:12 PM
citygirl, they do love New London. They love New London for the check it writes them every week. They love NL for the benefits they could not get elsewhere. They love NL for the inflated wages they would not get for the same work anywhere else. They love NL for the voters who for years have elected and reelected politicians who give the unions whatever they ask for. Most of all, they love that they do not have to live in NL to collect all this..
Sue P. September 18, 2012 at 05:23 PM
For some reason I have city trucks driving by my house all day. I live on a side street that has no work on it. Could it be something I said or maybe I'm just being paranoid.
Brad L September 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
In reading the New London Day today It was nice to see how Jane Glover the Mayor's chief administrative officer is totally concerned about the businesses in New London wanting to see a stable economy. I find it kind of silly as a large percentage of business owners don't even live in New London. Not to mention all the breaks they get from the city, tax breaks / abatement's. What do the residents of the city get? More taxes to pick up the difference so we have a so called balanced budget. I for one am tired of being robbed by Peter to pay Paul so the city can have spending sprees year after year. Well as far as I'm concerned the Buck stops here with the 2012-13 fiscal year budget. Maybe its time to start hiring some subcontractors for city work. Just think no elaborate retirement pensions, benefits cost would be eliminated. Family run businesses would get work and it might even help with the stabilization of the economy. Who knows!
Brad L September 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I agree 110%, Look at all the money that would be saved, by not having to pay out all of the benefits and elaborate pensions. Not to mention it would help not hurt the small business man/women in making an honest living.

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