The Courant’s Jenna Carlesso has an eye-opening piece today on hotel, restaurant and other expenses charged to purchasing cards by Hartford city and school officials.
Conference and dining expenses are commonplace in any large organization. But at the same time the city is cutting expenses and trying to close a $56 million budget gap, top officials were racking up big bills at tony eating establishments, including Morton’s steakhouse, Salute and Feng Asian Bistro. Hotel bills in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars were also run up, including stays at the Marriott Long Wharf and Nine-Zero hotels in Boston and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
Especially curious is a $150 charge at Coach, the fancy handbag store, by Kinsella Magnet School Principal Pamela Totten-Alvarado — who had her city purchasing card revoked last year, and who won’t comment on the Coach shopping spree other than a description that it was a reward for a student at the school.