UPDATE, Curwen resignation: On Monday Mayor Bill Finch will submit his budget proposal to the City Council for the spending plan that begins July 1 in an election year for the city’s legislative body. Budget submissions are not about where they start, but where they end up. There will likely be a tax increase in the budget proposal, but probably not as high by the time the council makes adjustments and it goes back to the mayor for possible veto action before the council sets the mil rate in June. In an election year, council members will need to tell their peeps we derailed a higher tax increase.
Historically the mayor and the council work off of the state budget that right now is a work in progress. Roughly 40 percent of city budget revenue comes from the state. The mayor’s budget will be referred to the council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee chaired by Sue Brannelly and Angel DePara.
Also Monday night there will be a “Presentation to Robert P. Curwen, Sr. for his dedication and service” on the City Council. Curwen had announced his verbal resignation from the council in January but did not submit a formal letter of resignation until Wednesday, hoping his son would replace him. It was not well received by council members nor members of the Democratic Town Committee from the Upper East Side district Curwen represented.
The name that most prominently is mentioned as Curwen’s replacement is Mike Marella, the long-time executive director of the Police Activities League, who wants to return to the legislative body that he served in the 1990s. Steven Stafstrom, a lawyer with Pullman & Comley, will likely replace Marty McCarthy who resigned from the council last week representing Black Rock. Steven Stafstrom is the nephew of John Stafstrom, former Democratic town chair, who serves as the city’s bond counsel through the Pullman law firm.
Council agenda for Monday is here.