Delgaudio given $6,000 for Sterling district newsletter
Delgaudio asked his colleagues for more than $17,000 for three newsletters to “promote fire safety, Sterling Fest on October 12 and Columbus Day parade," among other items.
The board instead awarded Delgaudio $6,000 for one newsletter for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which runs through July 2014. That action was initiated on a substitute motion from Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) with an amendment from Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn). Reid's proposal passed on a 6-1-2 vote, with Buona opposing and Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) abstaining.
Delgaudio's request for promotional and informational materials came at the first meeting following a strict reprimand from his colleagues on the all-Republican board. In July, supervisors voted 6-3 to move all of Delgaudio's district funds into a corporate board account. That was in addition to an official censure of Delgaudio and the removal of his staff aides as a result of findings by a special grand jury investigating Delgaudio for abusing public office.
Clarke said she abstained because she didn't believe the board "should be involved" in the issue with Delgaudio. She highlighted the fact she opposed some of the initial punishments for the Sterling supervisor in July.
York could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday morning.
Delgaudio's initial recommendation included in Wednesday's board packet called for more than $3,700 of public funds to go to the communications firm of Donald Ferguson for graphic design work. Ferguson is a staunchly conservative former staff aide to Delgaudio.