When Suozzi imposed a 23% tax hike in Glen Cove , Republican city councilmen, Steve Gonzalez and John Maccarone, voted against the adoption of the budget, explaining that:
"The mayor is relying on one-shot, magic, gimmick revenues in terms of state aid in this budget. If it hadn't been for the governor's $1 million in a state aid allocation- a special one- the city would be facing a deficit. My other concern is the city's bonded indebtedness. The city's principal on bonds in the debt service fund continues to increase year after year. The mayor has budgeted $3,294,500 which is a $572,500 increase from last year's budget. The mayor completely usurped the budget process by not holding budget hearings with the various heads of the city's departments and agencies as it had been the practice in the past. These hearings have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in terms of the preparation of an annual budget," said Councilman Gonzalez.
Councilman John Maccarone added, "As I pointed out at yesterday's meeting, the mayor has received significant amounts of unexpected state aid over the last two years, which he readily agreed was true. And yet, despite these millions of dollars in state aid and extra revenue because of upturns in the economy, we still did not project a surplus in 1997. If we had not received these funds, the city would have a significant deficit. Interestingly, in his budget statement the mayor did not mention these significant revenues and as usual portrayed the 'no new tax increase' as a result of his cutting city spending. The fact of the matter is that the city's spending has gone up by approximately 50 percent in the last few years. If we don't look into saving money, the city will be facing another significant tax increase and deficit. That's why I voted against the budget."
Critics say it's eerily similar to how he handled the County's finances when he first came into office in 2002, "mismanaging" a $100 million bailout he received from the State.