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Monday, February 20, 2006

Quinn's Hit List

We're Working On It

But, obviously, don't yet have access to all the records. So whatever you know, please email us at or post in the comments section, and we'll update this list over the coming hours and days. And btw, we have included the last published salaries to which we have access. And for those without salaries, we probably don't have the correct spellings of their names.

Also, to the employees who were let go ... since we assume most of you were let go for political reasons (and none other), we are happy to link your current email addresses to your names should you desire to make yourselves available to potential employers. Simply email us your email address to

Legislative Records
C. Cherry, $116, 975

Appointment Investigations/General Counsel's Office
J. Damashek, $165, 202
S. Lifrak, $92, 466
S. Goldstein, $103, 607
J. Graham

Press Office
D. Luhman, $53, 892
S. Gladstone
S. Mikutel, $37, 500
E. Castaniera, $44, 334
T. Doulalas, $31, 518

D. Fingerman, $37, 000

Administrative Services
E. Gyima-Mensah, $74, 865
R. Arbelo, $52, 831

Computer Services
P. Zubel, $119, 760
T. Mark, $77, 564

L. Angelo $165, 050
F. Cheech Trammantano, $128, 750
K. Stroman, $67, 117

Member Services
J. Perez, $35, 092
L. J. Williams, $50, 000

Infrastructure/Central Staff Attorneys/Policy
M. Goldey, $69, 830
S. Dillon
B. Kuruvila, $66, 950
N. Ranney

M. Nieves, $143, 360

The Management Team/New Hires
C. Meara, $175, 000; Chief of Staff
R. Martinez, $180, 000; Deputy Chief of Staff
M. Keaney, Deputy Chief of Staff
L. Mayo, Director of Policy
M. Keogh, Director of Finance
S. Crowley, Deputy Director of Finance
U. Rafael Martinez, Deputy Chief of Staff
M. Alvarado, $90, 000; Press Secretary
K. Wardally, $108, 150; Deputy Chief of Staff
E. Fine, $160, 000; General Counsel


Blogger stunnedinnyc said...

that's just plain wrong. why are you tryng to victimize people twice? to publish info on senior staff is one thing (the Green Book does that for Commissioners and other high leveled people), but to do this for those in less visible positions is just wrong and crude. have some respect.

2:09 PM

Blogger Backroom Deal Breaker said...

It's a matter of public record and has been (or will soon be) published in the City Record, the daily published record of government transactions.

2:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got a list of new hires and the bosses who sent them to take jobs away from those who were fired?

2:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Track the hires! track the hires!

2:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its julissa perez @ member services and troy mark @ comp svc.

2:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this Martinez's 250th job?

2:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the reaasignments in investigations backroomie

2:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With this post you guys just sank to the Karl Rove/ Dick Cheney level of politics. I'm not sure which is worse: Karl and Dick leak sensitive info to help Bush's wretched agenda, you guys just do it to score cheap web hits under the guise of a public information campaign. Shame on you.

2:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is bullshit about the City Record. At best you have a poor grasp on how the City works and at worse you are lying.

2:51 PM

Blogger Backroom Deal Breaker said...

We've said this before and will say it again...


The City Record does publish all information regarding changes in salaries, etc. to city personnel. Because these changes involve taxpayer dollars, they are a matter of public record.

3:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Manton hacks Edgar Moya, Ed O'Malley, Scott Crowley and Matt DiStefano new hires taking the jobs of those who got fired?

3:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your "no one is forcing you to read this" excuse only gets you so far Backroomie. When you post things that directly affect people's lives who aren't public officials it effects them regardless of whether they read your post. I think you know this since you granted that you are being "very, very cheap."

As someone who was fired Friday for political reasons having nothing to do with me I've fielded three phone calls since your 2:00 PM post (best quote: "you only made that much!"). I think you have a good web site here but this is over the line.

3:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posting the name and salary of a public official -- even if unelected -- is a public service. Keep it up backroomie. The public should see the entire list. People will argue whether a person got canned for political reasons or being deadwood, but they will also debate the same for the new hires ... whose names and other information should also be made public. People like anonymous 3:32 (and I have no idea who that is) make decisions every day that effect the entire public. I want to know who they are, their qualifications, their prior relationships with politicians, etc.

3:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of new hires, Maura Keaney, Quinn's campaign manager and first Chief of Staff in 1999, is perhaps the only person alive with less scruples and character than Quinn herself.

3:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

those who were fired are no longer public servants -- they were all massacred. you want to shoot those who are already hurt?

that's sick.

if you want to be useful, track the new hires and be useful.

8:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its damn public record, ok? when i got my first city job making 32K and later got a raise to 35K, all my colleagues knew i was making shit. but that's the way it is--its the price we pay for being employed by the taxpayers. they get to know when we're hired, when we're fired and how much we're charging them for our services.

btw, sorry about your job loss.

10:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add Mark Goldey, Bikku, & Rick Arbelo from Human Services. Cheech in finance, Sandy Dillion from Infrastucture, Danette and STeve Tuzzolo from the Speakers Office.

11:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest, As someone who was fired by Giff 4 years ago I have been following all the coverage of Quinns firings with a bit of jealousy, no newspapers coverage when we were fired, & definitely no backroom deal breaker or politicker. You have managed to cure my jealousy! While I am glad to finally see a list of who was fired, including a number of my former colleges, I think you could have listed everyone & just included link to dept. of records, without "playing up" how much people were making, lets be honest no one was fired because of how much they were making.

8:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:17am. I respectfully disagree. I think to not include salary info is to miss a part of the bigger picture. A lot of these decisions come down specifically to money. Knowing that they want to add a certain amount of staff, I can guarantee you that Quinn's crew went to great pains to ensure that they not appear to be bloating the budget. So it wouldn't surprise me if people were cut specifically b/c of how much they were making.

9:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Tuzzolo was not fired.
Mrs. Tuzzolo

1:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is sickening, what's the point of victimizing people who have victimized by a corrupted speaker.

what's the point?

track the hires.

10:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

backrommie, you are very fast and eager to pulish victim's names, what about making your own name public?

11:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is getting out of hand, you need to take these names down. There is no business in doing this.

12:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I should not have been tongue in cheek....Steve Tuzzolo was not fired. He is still working at the Council in his same job.
Period. Whether you should post names of the fired is one issue---incorrectly posting the names of those not fired is anoher. Please remove the Tuzzaolo name from your list.
A Council Member

1:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Goldey wasn't fired either. He quit.

2:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a real shame on both sides, but the public SHOULD know what goes on. It is a matter of public record when someone is hired or fired. The most amazing thing to me is the amount of money BOTH the new hires and recently fired are/were receiving. Did anyone notice that the DEPUTY Chief of Staff makes more than the Speaker? Imagine what the CHIEF of STAFF is making!!

8:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't any of the people that work for the Council have Civil Service status? Its one thing for high level staff to be sent off when there is a change in administration but clerical and support staff are a different matter. Has the City Council exempted itself from the rules governing City Agencies and if not, where are these folks unions? The reason for having public servants that are not subject to being fired at the drop of a political hat is to ensure that City works for the public and not for the political folks. If every action made by the City Council is political, then the same could be claimed for every agency.

11:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:19, I wonder the same thing.

And why is Martinez (a new Deputy Chief of Staff) making more than Meara (Chief of Staff). How come Alvarado makes only $44,000? Actually let me rephrase this, how come she gets paid!.. oh wait, another hack, like Chuck and Ramon.

If the salaries for the new hires/reclycled hacks come from the most recent Civil List then they are old news. The list shows 2004 salaries that were released in April 2005.

2:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hummm... 4 Deputy Chiefs of Staff, one for every boss. Wanna guess who's who?

2:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On behalf of the Committee for a Free Tuzzuollo, we thank you for correcting your post.
Mrs. Tuzzuolo

4:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right your list is incomplete. Some of these people were let go for political reasons. some I'm sure were let go because of a decision made in the past that did not sit well with the pre-speaker but still councilmember Quinn. But when you look at the salaries of the fired you should also publish how long they have been with the council. Some have been there over twenty years and do a good damn job. As a former staff member who never got fired I can say this because in one capacity or another I have worked with some of these people. Shame on you Quinn.

5:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop calling Maria Alvarado a hack. She is not. She is a dedicated worker and a very sweet person. She does a good job at the Council and manages to get press. Attacking her only makes people look low.

10:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, Maria.

7:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

paying maria alvarado $90k is laughable. this must be a mistake.

2:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you give such credit to the people that were fired? You call them the "victims". If they are automatically the "good guys" because they have worked at the City Council for a while, then why wouldn't someone that stayed on, like Maria Alvarado, also fall into that category? Or are they only the "victims" and the "good guys" because they were fired? Are the remaining employees and new hires automatically the "bad guys"? I don't doubt that there are good and bad employees that were fired, however, it seems that those that were fired are getting an awful lot of credit, just because they were fired. I'm not attacking, just wondering where this is coming from...are there known bad employees that you are leaving out, and only referring to the know good employees as victims? It is notoriously hard to fire bad employees that work for the government, so I would think that this might have been a time to get rid of some that weren't so great. Though, again, I know that there were plently that were probably great at their jobs, but maybe not great for this Speaker's staff, which should also carry some weight, as she has that perogotive. Please excuse any spelling errors. I have no dog in this fight, but in a previous professional life, was a political appointee on the Federal level, so know this arguement pretty well on both sides.

2:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@;02 Yet another attempt by yet another Quinnette pretending not to be one? Quinn fired 61 people for no reason other than to by votes for her to be Speaker. Sh bribed political bosses like Tom Manton with taxpayer-funded jobs. Important positions were given to people with no experience whatsoever. They replaced highly experienced people who had been there a long, long time. That is a totall misuse of tax-payer funds. It even compares unfavorably to when Laura Blackburne was forced to resign from her job with the Dinkins administration for wasting $3,000 on a pink couch. There should be no double standard: Quinn should be called upon to resign now.

9:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant 2:02.

9:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in a rush, so I didn't proofread, but, I'll do this again:

2:02 Yet another attempt by yet another Quinnette pretending not to be one? Quinn fired 61 people for no reason other than to buy votes for her to be Speaker. She bribed political bosses like Tom Manton with taxpayer-funded jobs. Important positions were given to people with no experience whatsoever. They replaced highly experienced people who had been there a long, long time. That is a total misuse of tax-payer funds. It even compares unfavorably to when Laura Blackburne was forced to resign from her job with the Dinkins administration for wasting $3,000 on a pink couch. There should be no double standard: Quinn should be called upon to resign now.

9:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Backroomie, How about adding the titles of those who were fired for comparison to the list of new hires?

9:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least CM Martinez finally got his office's act together!! Driving through his district used to be like touring Beirut - the BAD part! Fires, looting, people getting shot on the streets, teenage suicide (don't do it!) - just a very unpleasant place to raise a family!

Suddenly, the BARBARA E. MARCANO comes on as his Legislative Director -- in less than TWO months, crime plummets by record numbers, people feel safe in the streets, parks open, businesses flourish and teens want to live! Now, I'm no cartographer - but them's results!

Praise her - Hallelujah!

6:47 PM

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6:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember, back in the day, when the P. S. Committee was all about revenge!! They didn't care where the criminals came from, or whether their mommy's didn't show them love! You committed the crime, you didded the time - PERIOD!!!

Now they have this "Jennine Ventura" as their new analyst, with her "politics," her "mission" and her whacko theories on minority and female repression under the thumb of a hegemonic American culture. Now, suddenly it's the nice, new 'sensitive' P.S. Committee: PC and culturally active.

You ALL make me SICK!!!

12:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CM Miguel Martinez'z part of town is still Beirut. Results, what results. I live there. I should know.
As for Barbara E. Marcano, Strange that a 25 year old kid with absolutely no legal experience, not even a law degree was appointed Legislative Director. Sir, I know her, and she ain't no John Kennedy.

8:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget all that nonsense! Have any of you gotten a look at that guy who works as the attorney for the consumer affairs committe? Tom Ferrugia?

That boy is HOT. He so hot, he smokin! Too bad the council doesn't have more of that. Everyone else even semi-goodlooking is gay :-(

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