At the end of 2011, the day before Hallenbeck took office, the unrestricted fund equity, according to the audit report, was $1,472,781. At the end of 2014, according to the balance sheet submitted to the state comptroller's office (the audit report for 2014 has not yet been received), the unassigned fund balance was $3,284,665. It's not entirely clear how this increase in the fund balance happened when there had not been significant increases in the City's principal sources of revenue: property taxes and state aid. It may be that the payment of back taxes, the sale of property seized for nonpayment of taxes, and increases in the proceeds from mortgage tax and sales tax account for the increase in the fund balance, but that analysis is a matter for another day.
Thinking about the mayor and a million dollars brought to mind another mayor and a million dollars. Back in 2001, Mayor Kenneth Cranna, who had had a brief acting career before he became mayor and who had friends and contacts in the world of show business and advertising, was instrumental in getting some Hudsonians featured in a TV commercial for the New York Lottery. The score for the commercial was the Barenaked Ladies song "If I Had a Million Dollars."
A version of the commercial was made that was very Hudsoncentric and featured members of the Hudson Fire Department and included Mayor Cranna himself, sitting on a park bench in Washington Square, singing. Unfortunately, Gossips hasn't been able to track down that version. A more eclectic version of the one-minute spot, however, with people from all around New York, from a crossing guard in Buffalo to a doorman in Manhattan, can be viewed online by clicking here.
The late, venerated Wilson "Harpie" Shea appears twice in this version of the ad, in front of 336 Warren Street, which was then the VFW Hall.
Also appearing are Alexys Wigley, behind the counter at Brandow's, the cafe and market that was located at 340 Warren Street, where Swoon is today . . .
Watch and enjoy glimpses of Hudson at the beginning of the new millennium.
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