The Council’s Recession Party: Less Money, No Food, New Location

Citing the financial crisis, the City Council has “decided to modify” their December 9 holiday party, charging $20 less than in previous years, but not offering any food.

It’s also being moved from the surrogate courthouse on 1 Centre Street to inside City Hall.

The memo from Christine Quinn’s aide Chuck Meara, which was forwarded to me by a reader, is below.


To: All Council Members and Staff

From: Chuck Meara

Date: December 2, 2008

Re: City Council Holiday Party


As is widely known, we are facing an unprecedented economic downturn that is being felt in our own homes and throughout our city. We are all doing more with less, and working to stretch our dollar further.

These are tough times for New Yorkers.

We at the Council recognize this situation and, given the current economic climate, have decided to modify our annual holiday party.

This year’s event will be held at City Hall. An assortment of food and refreshments including soda, wine and beer will be provided at the festivities, at a reduced expense from previous years. See attached flyer and please do not forget to RSVP to Maribel Valencia or Gina Guiteau in the Administrative Services Division.

Keeping the holiday spirit in mind, we also encourage you to donate to those less fortunate. A small contribution of canned goods or a toy are welcome and appreciated.

We hope to see you on December 9th and we wish all a Happy Holiday.

The Council’s Recession Party: Less Money, No Food, New Location