ONEONTA – With her allies – Council members Mike Lynch and Larry Malone – absent from this evening’s Common Council meeting, a motion to give Acting City Manager Meg Hungerford a $31,771 stipend failed for lack of a majority.
The vote in favor of the stipend was 4-2, with Dave Rissberger and Bob Brzozowski voting no. Rissberger specifically cited budget concerns. “This isn’t a reflection on the job Meg is doing,” he said.
Under the City Charter, Hungerford, as city finance director, automatically became acting city manager after City Manager Martin Murphy’s suspension on Friday, July 17.