The suspicion that Mayor Reginald Spinello is trying to raise his salary was again aired at the March 10th city council meeting by residents and council members. One man remained silent.
Since then, Robert Germino, whose FOIL request we reported on, has publicly challenged Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti to come forth as the source behind the allegations.
Here is a statement from Germino regarding the pay increase story.
“A couple of months ago, the Spinello administration responded to my F.O.I.L. request on the supposed discussion of 50% pay raises for the mayor and the city council. It stated that there was no record of the discussion. Since that time, some have stated that the story was a fabrication–this is possibly true. The public should know, however, that Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the source of this information.
Spagnoletti alleged that then Mayor-Elect Spinello first proposed pay increases at a private caucus meeting around December 2013. Many months later, he stated that the newly appointed Councilman Tony Jimenez also proposed 50% salary increases at a behind closed-doors session of the council. Spagnoletti’s implication was that Spinello was aggressively pushing for a pay raise. There has been no evidence that this was true.
Spagnoletti whispered the pay raise allegations to many persons in Glen Cove. Now that he is again asking residents to trust him with their votes, he should come forward to correct the record.”
While this journal reports from a limited government perspective, we can’t be The Boy Who Cried Wolf. In the future we’ll be more skeptical towards public officials whispering in private.