GRACIE MANSION SUFFERS AFTER de BLASIO CANCELS ANNUAL GALA:
The party’s over at the mayor’s house.
The annual gala that raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to benefit Gracie Mansion disappeared after Bill de Blasio became mayor. (Z: That’d be the annual gala that made it unnecessary to go into city coffers to keep this grand old house alive)
As a result, donations to the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, charged with maintaining and preserving the historic property, dropped by 90 percent last year, its latest tax filings show.
The nonprofit took in only $67,567 in contributions in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, down from $641,140 the year before. Most of the 2013 revenue came from the annual spring gala.
It got another $67,092 in revenue last year from tours of the Upper East Side mansion, a program that has been on hold since de Blasio and his family took up residence there in July 2014. (Z; TOURS STOPPED BECAUSE DE BLASIO LIVED THERE FOR A WHILE… THEY WERE NOT STOPPED FOR THE GIULIANIS, WHO WELCOMED THE HISTORICAL ASPECT AS IT’S NOT REALLY THEIR HOUSE, IT’S NEW YORK’S, ISN’T IT)
With the drop in revenue, upkeep of the 1799 manse took a big hit. The conservancy spent just $143,634 on restoration and maintenance last year, down from $928,429 the previous year, according to its tax filings.
The conservancy doled out $67,183 in salaries, including $19,780 to director Meredith Horsford for her two months at the helm of the nonprofit in the last fiscal year.
Horsford resigned in December citing family obligations. She was replaced this month by Paul Gunther, a former executive at the New-York Historical Society.
The conservancy didn’t pull in enough money last year to cover its expenses, which totaled $404,201. It made up the gap from a $2 million reserve fund.
Yet a spokesman for de Blasio said the fund-raising galas were scrapped because there was no need for them. (Z; EXCEPT THAT THERE PROBABLY IS A NEED FOR THEM AND THE LOVELY FUNDRAISERS REPUBLICANS HAD THERE; LOVELY FOOD AND GOOD PRIVATE FUND RAISING JUST DON’T FLY WITH A LEFTWINGER LIKE DEBLASIO…SO SAD THAT SO MANY LIBERALS SEEM TO WANT TO RUIN ANY TRADITIONS OF HISTORY AND ELEGANCE)
“There are currently no Gracie Mansion programs requiring outside funding. For potential programs or initiatives moving forward, there will be corresponding fund-raising,” said the spokesman, Peter Kadushin.
He said current roof repair and asbestos removal at the home were being paid out of city funds allocated during Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration. (Z; THE LIBERAL MAYOR IS RELIANT ON WHAT WAS THE CONSERVATIVE MAYOR (AT THE TIME)’S ABILITY TO RAISE PRIVATE FUNDING)
Bloomberg didn’t live at the mansion, preferring his Upper East Side town house but spent millions of dollars of his own money to restore the property. (Z; SURE, HE ..AND YES, I KNOW BLOOMBERG ID’S WITH DEMOCRATS NOW…MIGHT NOT LIVE THERE BUT HE SAW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HISTORY OF THIS HOUSE AND HELPED ON HIS OWN)
He hosted the annual gala for the conservancy for many years. The parties typically featured food from such tony city restaurants as Nobu and Le Bernardin and attracted boldfaced names.
When de Blasio and his family moved into Gracie Mansion last year, they packed away some of its historic furnishings in favor of more contemporary pieces donated by West Elm. The Brooklyn-based company provided $65,000 worth of goods. (Z; PACKED AWAY HISTORIC FURNISHINGS? IT’S THE PEOPLES’ HOUSE…THAT HISTORY IS THEIRS!)
The city installed a higher privacy fence around the property after sources told The Post the mayor was tired of gawkers. (Z; THAT SEEMS TO ME TO BE PART OF THE DEAL WHEN YOU’RE IN PUBLIC LIFE; SO HE’S PROHIBITING PEOPLE TO ‘GAWK’? BY THE WAY, CAN’T YOU SEE THROUGH A FENCE~!?)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his family lived at Gracie Mansion, and his wife, Donna Hanover, chaired the conservancy board. (end of article)
Z: I felt sad as I read because it seems like that old house, with such a history, is so important to New Yorkers and that to move historical furniture out and put a fence around it which apparently limits the ‘gawking’ of the people who own the house, and then to rely not on private funding but probably go to tax payer money as conditions demand? Seemed like such a metaphor for me of how the beauty of our past and our traditions and holding lovely events is going away…..so sad. Yes, I know many leftwingers, and even some rightwingers, don’t like the inference of the ‘nobless oblige,’ of the wealthy, but is it really that, and isn’t socializing on an upper level, particularly to keep ‘fundraising’ away from tax coffers, still allowed? Agree?