Earlier in June the Town Board by a unanimous vote eliminated the part-time patronage job held by Legislator Frank Sparaco that paid him $76,500 for five hours of work per day as a Constituent Services Assistant. This appeared to be the start of continuing steps to reduce both operating and capital expenditures in the Town since the Town is facing deficits of over $6 million for the next four years according to a Town workshop held on June 24, 2014. Several sources within the Town say that hiring will also have to be frozen and layoffs may be necessary to bring the town fiscal shape into some semblance of control.
After Sparaco’s position was eliminated he subsequently served the Town of Clarkstown with a Notice of Claim which stated his intention to bring a lawsuit against the taxpayers of Clarkstown for the loss of this position. In the Notice of Claim he mentioned that the conduct of Councilman Borelli had raised question of compliance with provisions of the Penal Law in the State of New York and he brought into question Borelli’s motives in voting for the elimination of his position.
However, since the Town Board voted unanimously, there being no ‘nays’ and no ‘abstentions’ to the vote to remove and defund the patronage position held by Sparaco, it is doubtful what effect Borelli’s vote had on the Town Board’s decision. Further, at Councilman Borelli’s request the Ethics Board met to consider the circumstances surrounding the surreptitious recordings that Sparaco had made and the discussions contained therein. The five clergy on the Board found that Borelli had committed no violation of the Town of Clarkstown’s code of ethics but it did make a recommendation that the Town’s Ethics Code be strengthened to preclude employees such as Sparaco from making secret recordings of Town employees.
This morning Frank Sparaco was reported to be in the Highway Department conducting business from Highway Superintendent Ballard’s office while periodically stepping outside to scream into his cellphone. Work had stopped in the Highway Department from which Ballard was absent and the rumor mill was flaying.
Subsequent inquiries made to numerous sources within the Town and the County, including several Highway Department people, have indicated that two councilpersons are aware that Sparaco has stated he has been given the ‘Confidential Secretary’ job by Wayne Ballard from which Nancy Willen abruptly resigned last month. The salary was reported to be $103,000 which if confirmed would be a substantial increase over his part-time salary of $76,500.
(Update – July 02, 2014 – At the July 2014 Clarkstown Town Board meeting the salary was announced to be an astounding $103,600).
In one of the shocking tapes that Sparaco released at his buffoonish news conference, he is in a conversation with Councilman Borelli. In the conversation Sparaco discusses the possibility of him dropping his Constituent Services Assistant job and taking on Nancy Willen’s job instead.
Sparaco: What is it? Nancy’s job? Is that it? Larry said I could keep my job which kind of appealed to me also. He told her that he was thinking of keeping her (Nancy Willen). I’m not doing all the fu****g’ work there … you think I am fu****g going to go in there and do .. we need to discuss that right now … This woman (Willen) works her ‘mother-fu****g’ ass off… He doesn’t know how to run the place…and neither do I.”
Perhaps Wayne Ballard should have reviewed this recording while reviewing Sparaco’s resume? Perhaps Ballard should also have asked himself if this is the way that he wants an employee of the Town of Clarkstown to conduct himself?
Perhaps the Town Board of Clarkstown should ask itself if it is appropriate that an employee of the Town should refer to a long-time, highly respected female employee of the Town as having a ‘mother-fu****g ass’?
Sparaco’s hiring into any position in the Town raises the following questions:
1) Has the Town of Clarkstown caved under the threat of Sparaco’s lawsuit to provide him with a new job? If so has the Town been effectively blackmailed?
2) Given that a new position has been given to Sparaco was there a quid pro quo that Sparaco would drop his lawsuit against the Town and his accusations against Councilman Borelli?
3) Why would the town hire Sparaco into a secretarial position when there are two other secretaries working in Ballard’s department and the town is claiming that positions will have to be reduced because of its looming deficit problems?
Supervisor Gromack needs to respond to these questions urgently. As we understand it both he and the deputy Town Supervisor, Shirley Lasker, are presently out of town which is somewhat strange given the deputy Town Supervisor is being paid an extra $11,000 per year to be present in the town while Supervisor Gromack is away and be available to answer urgent questions.