New York “Consultant” Paid $4,000 a Week

Bruce Gelbard, a N.Y.C. Board of Education official ousted in 1996, landed on the payroll of an AFSCME Dist. Council 37 Local 372 earning $24,000 in six weeks. Gelbard was booted by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in Jul. 1996 for trying to block reforms. Officials at DC37 recently confirmed that Gelbard collected $4,000 a week for six weeks starting Oct. 31, 1996, as a “consultant” to Local 372. But no one can say what he did to earn the fee.  The person allegedly responsible for hiring Gelbard was Local 372’s ex-boss Charles Hughes who was indicted in May 1999 for embezzling $2.7 million from the union. [N.Y. Post 6/23/99]

Turnout 10% in Corrupt New York Local 
AFSCME lobbyist Veronica Montgomery-Costa won 1,123 votes Jun. 25 for president of AFSCME Local 372. The local was involved in the recent corruption wave that has indicted 27 DC37 bosses. Alisa Rogosin, an ally of indicted and ousted ex-boss Charles Hughes, won 525 votes, and a third candidate won 132 votes. But, for a local ravaged by corruption, members didn’t seem enthusiastic about voting. Less than 10% of the local’s 26,000 voted for president. Perhaps they were out of practice. Their president was elected and reelected by acclamation  for 30 years. [Newsday 6/26/99; Daily News 6/30/99]