A new 109-page directory came out this week listing mayoral appointees, other city employees, and contractors who depend on city government for business.
Oh wait. That was the latest list of donors to the DeStefano for mayor reelection campaign.
The latest campaign finance filing showed the Mayor John DeStefano raised $116,627 from April through the end of June for his quest to win a 10th two-year term.
That brings his total raised to date to $233,483. By contrast, one of his opponents for the Democratic mayoral nomination, Clifton Graves, reported raising $14,100. Another, Jeffrey Kerekes, reporting raising $2,875. A third, Anthony Dawson, reported raising $1,105.
A fourth, Robert Lee, said he hasn’t raised money yet. “I’m just filing,” he explained as he showed up in the city clerk’s office this week with campaign papers.
So to date, DeStefano has raised around 13 times as much as all his opponents combined. He reported having $142,134.84 on hand at the end of the reporting period.
DeStefano’s latest report shows new contributions from 62 employees of city government or the housing authority, Board of Education, and parking authority, all of whose leaders the mayor appoints. The latest filing also showed contributions from at least 38 people listed as city government contractors.
And those “supporters” were able to give more generously to the mayor than in the past two elections—because DeStefano has freed them to give up to $1,000 each by declining this time around to participate in New Haven’s “clean elections” Democracy Fund program. (Read about that here.) In past years they could give up to $340. At least 17 contractors listed as giving money this quarter have now exceeded that earlier limit, as did 11 of the government employees.
Clifton Graves, meanwhile, said he made a “reluctant” decision to bow out of the Democracy Fund program, too, so he could raise larger sums of money in order to compete with the mayor. “This is an 18-year incumbent [DeStefano] who is well-funded and patronage-backed,” he said.
Kerekes stuck with the fund-raising limits required by the clean elections program. So did Dawson; 44 of 45 of his contributions were $25 or less. Lee said he’ll participate, too, in the program. “Believe me—the Democracy Fund—when it gets started, I’ll have it [the minimum number of contributions required to qualify for matching money] in a week!” he said.
Kerekes said Tuesday that he sees a potential problem with all a nine-term incumbent swooping up dough from people who depend on him for their livelihoods.
“In general people should be able to give to whomever they want. That’s a good democratic process,” Kerekes said. “The problem is in New Haven I have people who tell me they can’t make a contribution to me because they fear retribution. Is it really free will in this environment? I’m not so sure based on my interactions with city staff and employees.”
“The mayor’s proud of his record. When Connecticut is decreasing in population, New Haven is growing. Children who work hard can earn a real opportunity to go to college. The people who work for the city and have a working relationship with the mayor recognize all the amazing things he’s done for New Haven and they continue to recognize him demonstrating a vision for New Haven,” replied DeStefano manager Danny Kedem.
To serve as his campaign treasurer, DeStefano tapped his person he also picked to run the Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH), Karen DuBois-Walton. Four of her HANH lieutenants contributed to the mayor this reporting period.
Candidate Graves said the appearance of housing authority and school board employees and appointees on the contribution list raises “ethical” questions.
“I understand the pressures that are brought to bear. I don’t begrudge the employees,” he said.
DuBois-Walton failed to return a call for comment for this story. Campaign manager Kedem said he doesn’t see any problem with her dual roles.
“Dr. DuBois-Walton believes in Mayor DeStefano. She is in her own private time committed to his reelection. As is with many people who live and work in New Haven, people [at the housing authority] gave of their own volition,” he said.
Click here to read Kerekes’ report. Dawson’s campaign treasurer submitted an electronic version of his submission to the state, but then said this version for some reason is missing 44 of the 45 names of individual contributors and promised to get back with more. The campaign then provided the Independent with a spreadsheet detailing contributions. Click here to read it.
Click here to read Graves’s report.
A number of the Graves contributions were larger than the $340 ceiling allowed for under rules of the Democracy Fund. Some of the lager contributions came from Jamil Hard of Atlanta ($400), William Jackson of Monroe, Conn. ($500), Sandy Hardon of Bridgeport ($500), Andre Baker Jr. of Bridgeport ($500), Jeffrey Tisdale of Bridgeport ($1,000), DeNorris Crosby of Monore ($500), Peter Clarke of Bridgeport ($500), Reynone Harp of New Haven ($500), Tamiko McArthur of New Haven ($500), Walter Freeman Hammie of New Haven ($500), Stephanie Smart of New Haven ($500), Raynand Harp Jr. of Florence, Mass. ($1,000), Virginia Jackson of New Haven ($500), Patricia Ross of New Haven ($500), Joel Kent of Stratford ($500), Djana Harp of Decatur, Georgia ($500); Donna Graves of Upper Marlboro, Maryland ($1,000); Tonya Williams-Mayo ($1,000), Jennifer Lanc of Columbia, Maryland ($500), businessman Carlton Highsmith of Middlebury, Conn. ($1,000).
Below is a list of the contractors and government employees whose names appear in the DeStefano latest report. In some cases their latest contributions are listed along with their campaign-to-date aggregate total of contributions, if they’d given money in previous reporting periods as well. (In the report some people’s jobs were misidentified; for instance, State Rep. Roland Lemar is listed as a mayoral press aide, a job he hasn’t held for years.)
George Keithan, CES Inc. $500
Neil Longobardi, process server, $150
Attorney Michael Luzzi, $500
Emily Byrne, New Haven Promise, $500
Doron Dagan, $400
Louis Mineri, Mineri Landscaping, $200
Sean Carroll, insurance agent,$500
James Carr, H. Carr, $500
Roger Chapman, Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman Inc., $1,000
Mark Cerreta, Lindley Food Service, $650
Chris DePino, lobbyist, $500
Floyd Dugas, Berchem, Moses & Devlin $500 new, $1,000 to date
Joseph Schiffer, architect, Herbert Newman & Partners, $200
David Schmid, CIO ProPark, $200
James Segaloff, attorney, $100
David SIlverstone, Science Park Development Corporation, $200
Henry Suzio, L Suzio Concrete, $500
Leonardo Suzio, Suzio COnstruction, $500
Thomas Torrenti, structural engineer, $250 new, $500 to date
James Travers, transportation director, $150
Martyn Philpot, attorney, $150 new, $350 to date
Elvis Pilsner, estimator, AL Solutions, $200
Neil Prete, A. Prete Construction Co., $250
Greogry Raucci, architect, Bismark Construction, $150
Dave Cornett, consultant, ERate Online, $1,000
Richard Munday, architect, Newman Architects, $500
Joseph Negro, systems manager, Fusco $100
Vincent Giordano, manager, Giordano Construction $500 new, $1,000 to date
Roger Harrison, utilities expert, $150
Michael Ianuzzi, Tyco, $500 new, $1,000 to date
Carolyn Kone, attorney, $400
Hugh Manke, lawyer, $150 new, $300 to date
Edward Mauro, Ed Mauro Electric, $1,000
Steven Mednick, attorney, $150 new, $300 to date
Alice Mick, attorney, $200
Wendy Mongillo, attorney, $500 new, $650 to date
David Omato, developer, Off Broadway Inc., $100
Wayne Martino, attorney, $250
Local government employees:
Joe Canzanella, supervisor, Board of Ed, $150 new, $750 to date
Immacolata Canelli, administrator, Board of Ed $150 new, $350 to date
Richard Miller, City Engineer, $150
Steve Andreucci, firefighter, $650
Sheila Bell, Administrator, housing authority, $150
Elizabeth Benton, mayoral aide, $100
Anthony Bialecki, deputy economic development administrator, $250 new, $550 to date
Victor Bolden, corporation counsel, $10 new, $350 to date
Robecca Bombero, mayoral aide, $50
Kathy Carbone, nursing director, $300
Joe Clerkin, budget official, $150
Brian Clark, occupancy specialist, HANH, $100
Michael Crocco, principal, Board of Ed, $50 new, $200 to date
Pat Egan, assistant fire chief, $300
Michelle Duprey, office of accessibility director, $50
Theodora Barra, transportation facilitator, Board of Ed, $150 new, $300 to date
Andrew Rizzo, building inspector, $150
Daniel Roche, worker’s compensation coordinator, $150
Susan Sloan, teacher, $100
Maurine Villani, tax collector, $1,000
Eugene Vitelli, administrator BOE, $150 latest, $300 to date
Karen DuBois-Walton, executive director, HANH, $150
Gina Wells, principal, Board of Ed, $300 new, $400 to date
Stacy Werner, attorney, $150
Clayton Williams, small business officer, $100
Michael Piscitelli, deputy development administrator, $150
John Prokop, public works director, $150 new, $550 to date
Lawrence Rusconi, budget director, $150
Katya Reiner, adminstrator, Board of Ed, $50
Guilermina Ribero, administrator, HANH, $150
Peter Evans, teacher, $200
Nadine Gannon, assistant principal, $150
Richard Fontana, deputy director of emergency management, $150
Rob Smuts, chief administrative officer, $100
Robert Levine, parks director, $150 new, $300 total
Karyn Gilvarg, city plan director, $150 new, $300 to date
Bruce Gromly, pc support analyst, $150
Garth Harries, assistant superintendent of schools, $150 new, $650 to date
David Hartman, police officer, $150
Joan Hill, teacher, $150
Kim Johnsky, principal (listed as “principle”), $150 new, $400 to date
Erik Johnson, LCI director, $150 new, $190 to date
Otis Johnson, fair rent director, $50
Adam Joseph, mayoral spokesman, $50
William Kilpatrick, executive director, parking authority, $200 new, $600 to date
Laoise King, mayoral staffer, $150 new, $650 to date
Rosemarie Lemley, mayoral administrative assistant, $150 new, $450 to date
Tina Mannarino, administrator, Board of Ed $150
Kathleen Mattern, assistant principal, $150
Sean Matteson, mayoral chief of staff, $50 new, $200 to date
Reginald Mayo, schools superintendent, $150 new, $800 to date
Amy Meek, reentry coordinator, $150 new, $300 to date
Jimmy Miller, deputy director, HANH, $150
Myrna Montalvo, educator, $150 new, $300 to date
Peggy Moore, principal, $150 new, $550 to date
William O’Brien, assessor, $150 new, $300 to date
Inge Osbourne, school nurse, $150
Leida Pacini, administrator, Board of Ed, $150 new, $550 to date
William Dixon, parks deputy director, $300
Thomas Burns, counselor, Board of Ed, $50 new, $150 to date
Jennifer Pugh, deputy chief administrative officer, $150 new, $300 to date