The following is a press release from the East Haven Democratic Town Committee.
Citing Maturo’s ongoing legal fight with the State Employment Retirement Commission to reinstate his disability pension, East Haven Democrats have questioned Maturo’s Acceptance of a $10,000 salary increase.
According to DePalma, Town officials and Maturo should “state their reasons for assigning, and Maturo accepting, the increase and explain how this change benefits the community as a whole, rather than one particular individual.”
DePalma noted that while all other town-wide departments have been subjected to a spending freeze and Maturo’s direct staff will not be receiving a salary increase within this current budget, Maturo is accepting a salary increase.
“The people of East Haven aren’t responsible to supplement the shortfall in Mr. Maturo’s income,” stated DePalma.
In addition, DePalma has raised concerns over the possibility of town resources and political alliances being used to assist Maturo with his legal efforts.
“Not only does this matter go to the expenditure of public funds, but it also involves the ethical conduct of an elected official. His legal representation is on the town payroll. For example, Senator Fasano is a long-time political ally and a major contributor to Mr. Maturo’s election campaigns. In addition Fasano and or his law firm frequently represent clients in front of boards and commissions that are control by Maturo. ”
DePalma has asked for full transparency and justification related to all town-wide expenditures.
“As a taxpayer, I’m angry. During a time period when most East Haven residents feel the effects of a tough economy, Mr. Maturo thought he was entitled to another large salary increase,” said DePalma.
In addition, DePalma has questioned Maturo’s willingness to attend meetings and put forth a full-time effort at Town Hall.
“Per the Town Charter, the Mayor serves as Chairman of the Board of Finance. Mr. Maturo has missed a vast majority of these meetings during his tenure in office. His absence has continued through the budget process, which is unacceptable” stated DePalma. “But, Mr. Maturo had no problem signing on for an additional $10,000 raise. In East Haven, Mayor is a full-time position,” said DePalma.