Outgoing Vega Alta Mayor Said to Waste Thousands on Year-End Parties
VEGA ALTA (CyberNews) – José ‘Pepito’ Díaz, a Popular Democratic Party (PPD) municipal legislator in Vega Alta, claimed Monday that during the transition process, outgoing New Progressive Party (NPP) mayor Isabelo ‘Chabelo’ Molina allegedly planned spending thousands of dollars on parties and tributes until January 2017.
“With Puerto Rico’s fiscal reality being widely known, it is a shame that the outgoing mayor has destined thousands of dollars in public funds without giving any details to the incoming administration. It seems that Molina does not understand why the people of Vega Alta withdrew their confidence, even people from his own party,” Díaz said in a written statement.
He indicated that according to reports that have been published in the past few days, by the beginning of December there will be a Christmas lighting in the Plaza Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, with no further details being given.
Díaz also claimed that Molina, who was defeated in the Nov. 8 elections, plans to reopen a meeting center on road PR-2. In the list that the municipal legislator presented to the press, there is also a concert by a university choir, another concert in the town square and a party in honor of former residents of the municipality who have moved to other parts of the island.
He also claimed that the outgoing mayor will also make a series of traveling Christmas celebrations in various Vega Alta communities. Not only that, Molina is also slated do not one, but three events in honor of Three Kings Day, the first on January 4, another the following day in the Vega Alta barrios and the last one January 6 at the municipality’s government center.
“My call as a municipal legislator to the outgoing mayor is that he be honest with his people and report how much is being spent on this list of events and who are the contractors that re being benefited. Similarly, the transition process must be open to the people of Vega Alta and the press. That is the challenge that Molina has before him,” said the municipal legislator.
Finally, Díaz said that Molina, who arrived in the municipal seat in 2004, has been singled out by the Office of the Comptroller and the Government Ethics Office for the improper handling of salary increases.