Any hope that the appointment of a new board to govern the Broadway Market would stop it from being a political football has been dealt a setback with charges and counter-charges made Friday by two board members.
Daniel Glowacki, a holdover on the 11-member board, said the market continues to lose as much as $5,000-$10,000 a month and is at least $63,000 in debt. He called for a meeting among county and city officials to discuss its future.
"There are certain individuals going around stating that the market's finances are in order, which (is) simply untrue," Glowacki said in a statement.
He later acknowledged that he was referring to campaign literature of David Dale, chairman of the board.
Dale defeated incumbent county Legislator Greg Olma in the Democratic primary after a vicious campaign. It was Olma who reappointed Glowacki to the board last year.
Glowacki said Dale is taking credit for helping turn the market around while it actually continues to struggle.
"If current trends continue, the Broadway Market could be out of business by the end of this year," he said, acknowledging he was speaking only for himself as a 10-year board member and former president.
There needs to be a dedicated source of revenue, Glowacki said.
Dale labeled Glowacki's statements "purely political" and said Glowacki owes his county job to Olma.
"He wants to attack me and make me look bad," Dale said. "If he was truly concerned, he would have brought it up at a board meeting rather than sending out a press release."
He said "it's totally untrue" that the market is losing thousands of dollars a month or that it is $63,000 in debt.
There was a $5,000 deficit in September but that is expected to be offset in future months, he said. "You can't just pick out one month, you have to look at the whole year," Dale said.
He acknowledged the market still owes the city some money, but not close to $63,000.
And the market continues to have its problems, Dale acknowledged.
"But considering we were $287,000 in debt a year ago, we're not doing bad," he said.