Maturo: Immediate Spending Freeze Needed

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr states that as of Nov. 30 any town department expenditure more than $25 must be approved the Mayor's Office.

[Editor's note: This article was originally published on Dec. 1.]

The following is a press release submitted by the East Haven Mayor's Office. The original release appears in the gallery that accompanies this article.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. announced today that as of Nov. 30 he has called for an immediate spending freeze, which requires any department expenditure above $25 to be approved by the Mayor’s Office.

Maturo explained, “After speaking with several department heads who expressed concerns about the state of their department spending, I decided that it was necessary to halt all discretionary spending until our exact financial position can be determined.” 

Part of the motivation for this move came in response to a report from Town Attorney Joseph Zullo regarding the status of the Legal Services and Insurance budgets. 

Maturo explained, “I received a report yesterday from the Town Attorney which detailed excessive over-spending from the Town’s two main legal accounts.”

Records from the finance department confirm that in the first four months of this fiscal year, the Town expended approximately $376,891.89 from the self-insurance reserve fund — leaving just $23,108.11 in the account for the rest of the year to pay legal fees. 

Additionally, estimates from the finance department indicate that the Town could be facing a deficit in its self insurance rainy day fund in excess of $200,000. 

Maturo explained, “That fund, which the Town utilizes if and when it must pay out large settlements, should always be maintained at or around $1 million dollars.”   

Maturo continued, “It has become clear that the past administration used both of these funds to pay legal fees to attorneys who conducted work for the Town.  This dangerous practice allowed the past administration to rack up huge legal fees without ever going before the Board of Finance for approval or to obtain the proper transfers.”

Maturo explained, “Since the first day of our transition period, it has become clear that the Town is facing significant financial challenges presented by over-time, legal fees, and legal claims. This spending freeze is intended to bring stability to the Town budget and send a message that the party is over.”

Maturo concluded, “I will be challenging all of our department heads, in the coming weeks, to take a hard look at their budgets and come up with creative ways to make sure we stay on course. This new administration will not tolerate the kind of gross over-spending that apparently took place over the course of the last four years.”

Captain Blood December 28, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I guess the November 30, 2011 spending freeze is over, that Mayor Maturo wanted. His Daughter was given a raise and will now work 40 hours a week in Town Hall and other long time employee was also given a raise. My Jolly Roger Flag just went up when i found out about this. Seems we have more Doublooms to give out even with a spending freeze. Found Treasure thats what it is. So you see people its all the same no matter who gets in Office, You sure made it sound that Mayor April was the only Mayor who ever did this. I am sure his Daughter is a fine worker and she most likely deceivers her raise. But one must wonder.
Captain Blood December 29, 2011 at 01:38 PM
So it is like no one cares that the Mayors Daughter gets a raise. Just think what you would have to say if that was the former Mayor. Maybe just maybe we are not in a deep hole as some people have been saying
Richard Poulton December 29, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Just like no one seem to care when Capone allowed Mauro to hire all his kids and daugther in law, etc... Thats Ok with you as long as it was by people you like. Maybe Maturo's daughter had her hours cut because of who she was and is now getting the hours back to do the job she was hired to do.
Captain Blood December 29, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Richard they should call you the Spin Doctor, You forget all the comments in regards to Mauro. Buy the way she never had her hours cut, Under Mayor April.
Ivanna D. Truth December 29, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Hiring and spending freeze unless you're friend or family
Luigi (the original) December 29, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Hey, Ivanna, you remember a guy named Ralph? Captain Blood seems to know all the employment matters at Town Hall. Any openings at the moment, blood?
Luigi (the original) December 29, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Some like a goose and for others it's the gander. Happy New Year!
Captain Blood December 29, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Ivanna check how much money the other woman it that office just received, since Joe got back into Office. Time for him to pay up for all the information he was getting while he was out.
Captain Blood December 29, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Come on Dems make a comment about the raise the Mayors Daughter just received. Spending Freeze? I say not. Who will be next to get a play back?
EHVoiceofReason December 29, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Hey "Captian Blood"...shouldn't your first name be spelled CAPTAIN???
Captain Blood December 29, 2011 at 06:30 PM
You may be right Mate, Happy to have you as my spell check,
CitizenVoice December 29, 2011 at 07:26 PM
I strongly support an outside audit, if anyone is in doubt of the town's financial situation. Until that happens, all we have is politically motivated she-did/he-did. Spending freezes with all the accompanying excuses, blame & accusations are an old political tool aimed at making the previous administration look bad, and also a good set-up for radical financial moves ie raising taxes or drastic cuts in town programs. Keep your eyes open people. All or most of these documents are a matter of public record and are obtainable. A bipartisan, citizen financial watchdog group would be a great benefit to the town right now, especially if we had some crackerjack accountants and lawyers on board.
Captain Blood December 29, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Outside audit, great idear
Luigi (the original) December 29, 2011 at 08:46 PM
You're right on about that Citizen. That's exactly what the previous administration did. The current mayor said he would put a spending freeze into effect long enough to determine exactly what the fund balance was. Once that is determined, adjustments can be made, if and wherever necessary. Your inferences pertaining to "radical financial moves" was something far more indicative of the past administration as well. The current mayor has always held to sound conservative money management. I hope to see those same characteristics during his current tenure. While our National economy begins to mend in the coming months, so should our local situation. We all could use some relief.
CitizenVoice December 29, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Luigi: As usual the only thing you and I agree on is the right to remain anonymous. However, I appreciate the civility of your comment. So, how do you feel about an independent audit of the town's financial records?
DonnaR December 30, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Don’t need an audit we need to understand where the money comes from and how we spend it. My last good Budget spread sheet is from September, I also have the June spread sheet. Nothing in it is worth auditing. What is far more important is managing it all going forward. Learning things like, WE knew in April how the new Connecticut Budget would impact our budget. Once such item was the elimination of the AircraftPILOT tax, for US that is a reduction of our STATE payment in the amount of $86,612 dollars. Since our income would be going down, why were we not reducing our budget by at least that amount was and remains a mystery to me. It was only one of many cuts that were available online for any citizen to see. I am totally disgusted we yall, rather than actually use this venue as a place to exchange ideas and suggestions. Shame on you all. If you really want to make a change, come from behind you wall and work together.. This is directed to those who are on either Political Town Committee. I don’t care about your war chest, or what you did wrong in this election. Stop acting like Asses and be the citizens this town and country deserve.
Ann Della Camera December 30, 2011 at 03:31 AM
Captain Blood, just think of all the money we have now saved, getting rid of Mr. Mauro. He held and got paid for three jobs. Since it seems Maturo's daughter regained her hours, I would not consider her getting a raise, but being paid for a job she is doing. All this whinning on local issues, Get with the program and worry about National Issues, no matter who is your mayor or what town you live in, your all going to be affected. Stop crying and start helping to get the COUNTRY going in the right directions. I see very small minded people wasting my time to look at their crying towels. Its over get on with your life.
Ann Della Camera December 30, 2011 at 03:39 AM
I am still waiting to see the surplus Mr Gene Rocco says is there. Did the town win a lottery, or are you once again trying to make us believers Gene. We are so in debt, it will take Joe awhile to get our house in order. All I saw of April was the squandering of money. Useless spending on things we could not afford, did not need, but she over rode the council and did as she pleased. The only surplus we have is invisable.
Captain Blood December 30, 2011 at 10:16 AM
No surplus Mrs Della Camera ?, But he found enough Money last week to give his Daughter and other long time supporter working in Town Hall a raise. You forgot already all the noise you made about this, with mr Mauro and taking care of Family. It seems Joe to is a Family man.
Luigi (the original) December 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM
@young Patrick, you take exception to my every word. I am anonymous, therefore my opinion is not valid. You say I only "bash" others! The truth is I only return fire to those who bash. I don't instigate the bashing. Please note the comments above from this "Major Boob" fellow. Are HIS rants considered "bashing" by YOUR standards?
Luigi (the original) December 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Thanks for your civil reply as well Citizen. Truth is, we can agree to disagree and still be civil. As to any independent audit, I think it may be prudent IF there turns out to be large discrepancies in the financials left by the previous administration. It will be interesting to hear what the audit uncovers, if anything.
Captain Blood December 30, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Mr Luigi, I am not bashing her. It is just a reminder of what she said awhile back. But again you called me a Major Boob. So sad , so very sad
Luigi (the original) December 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Please don't sit by your computer wasting both of our time. You send out random bits of "hear say" and then bash those who respond. You are exactly the type of poster that gives us anonymous posters a bad name. You clog the thread with nonsense.
Captain Blood December 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Mr Luigi, please be nice, Buy the way have a very Healthy and Happy New Year to you and your Family. It is not just hear say or random bits I talk about it is a fact. Remember The new Mayor said as he was running i will give all of you back a 17.5 % tax refund if Elected. This is so great for all of us in 2012
Luigi (the original) December 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM
LOL...... "Buy" the way.....(how much will it cost?) Happy New Year to you as well...... maybe you'll get a new shtick in 2012! That would also be great for all of us.
patriot76 December 30, 2011 at 02:14 PM
yeah, and Obama said we would all have jobs and houses by now. politicians lie to get elected, has happened in the past, will happen in the future. i think its a job requirement
Patrick Madley December 31, 2011 at 03:21 AM
A promise is a promise. The mayor has fulfilled several of his campaign promises already. But one of the major ones I want to see fulfilled is the 17% tax being taken back. I do give the mayor credit though for fulfilling what he's done so far.
Ann Della Camera December 31, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Captain Blood, I agree in his not hiring family, however she was already an employee and her hours were extended back, she is doing some of Muro's job now. I believe she should get paid for the hours she works. As far as I have been told he has not giving any raises, just fair pay to people doing extra work. Check the record Captain, or is this Gene. So many hide behind fake names. At least I have the guts to say who I am. Also, I don't need or want any job or board or commission in the town. All you can do is whine, Take you medicine you lost live with and life can go on.
Ann Della Camera December 31, 2011 at 04:24 AM
patriot76, The answer to that is clean house. Senate, Congress, President. We need new blood and people who are not comfy in their personal interest. Many have had there positions to long, Rep and Dem, I feel we vote them all out and start fresh.
James February 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Let me see what has Joe done he gave his family member a raise then put a spending freeze in effect He put Gallo back on the force only to retire and take a severance pay with him.Then Joe hired another to fill his place and gave that person raise. He forgot all his promises of tax roll back. Now he is meeting with the Latino Groups in town because he found out they were not all illegals. And and some have political clout to his surprise.


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