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Letter: The Case Of The Curious Councilman

This past month, I read a letter to the editor authored by Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr., and I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out what it’s about and why he wrote it.

 

It seems that Councilman Gallo thinks Glen Cove’s government hasn’t quite made it into the 21st Century because the bills that it pays are not published on the city’s website for taxpayers to review.  He says we have an antiquated system down at City Hall.

 

I’m all in favor of transparency in government, but isn’t it Councilman Gallo’s job to review those bills on my behalf and on behalf of all the other taxpayers he’s supposed to represent? And hasn’t that been his job since he’s been a Councilman? Surely, if something out of place comes up and the public ought to know about it, then he can do his job by making it public. But what’s with this business about my need and my neighbors’ need to review paperwork that the City Council has been hired to analyze and evaluate?

 

So, since I can’t understand just what it is that Mr. Gallo is complaining about, I’m trying to read between the lines of his letter. After all, Mr. Gallo was elected to the City Council in 2011. So, why now when he could have brought this non-issue up a couple of years ago?

player who thinks it’s more important for him or her to shine separate and apart from his or her teammates.  I think the term applied to a team player who thinks he’s more important than the team itself is, “hot dog.”

 

Reading between those lines, it seems like the Gallo letter is the work product of the hot dog on Glen Cove’s City Council team.  Maybe this fellow’s getting ready to run for mayor himself, and dropping a letter in the local paper complaining about the way he and the others are

running the city government is his way of saying, “Hey, look at me!”

 

— Judith Maher Frederic