"On Monday May 21, 2007, Councilman Dennis Gallagher held a large fundraiser at Russo's on the Bay. The minimum ticket price was $100 with the entrance fee rising to a hefty $1,000. Gallagher raised thousands of dollars for his campaign coffers. Even though he has told many people he is not running for office, he still keeps feeding his campaign bank account which has grown to well over $100,000.
So why is it that Dennis Gallagher won't pay a local merchant $124.50 for items purchased in June 2005? On June 23, 2005, Kerri Steinmuller, an aide to the councilman, called Harry's Hardware to say that the councilman was purchasing paint supplies for the office. She told Harry's Hardware that she was sending a worker to pick up the materials. Dennis Gallagher's council business card was attached to the invoice.
Months went by and the bill was not paid. Both Harriet Lambros and her daughter, Christina, called Gallagher's office several times over the almost two years since but to no avail. Christina also e-mailed the councilman. Still no response.
Even Eileen Reilly from Maspeth Town Hall said she would try and get Harry's Hardware the money they were owed, yet she too was unsuccessful. This is not the first time this has happened to merchants who trusted Gallagher. But this one particularly smells since over the years Harry Lambros has donated thousands of dollars in materials for neighborhood clean-ups. The last person in the neighborhood Gallagher should cheat is Harry." - a concerned Middle Village resident
(QC finds the fact that the bill is pink to be extremely funny.)