Mayor appoints new budget director
(9/15/2006) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. has selected a new budget director for the City of New Haven who has experience both within New Haven city government and in the private sector, having advised and provided professional services to 75 state and local government agencies.
Lawrence D. Rusconi was a former controller and treasurer for the City of New Haven and has had a distinguished public service career, as both a practitioner and as an adviser to state and local governments as managing director of McGladrey & Pullen. He replaces longtime budget chief Frank Altieri and starts in the new post on October 2, 2006.
Mayor DeStefano said Rusconi is a stellar appointment. “Larry is a senior manager with extensive experience in public finance. He is well respected in financial circles and is known to us in New Haven city government. In recent years, Larry has been involved in managing several important city projects, including the regionalization of the Water Pollution Control Authority and in conducting the city’s annual audit. I am very confident that Larry will serve the City well and continue our track record of sound financial management.” (See attached for more on the closeout of the fiscal year)
Rusconi said, “I look forward to the opportunity to work with Mayor DeStefano and the City of New Haven. The Administration has established a culture of continuous improvement, and I am hopeful that my professional and management experience will allow me to make a positive contribution to enhance that culture.”
For the first time, the post of Budget Director is a staff position within the Mayor’s Office. In this post, Rusconi will be responsible for preparing and executing the annual operating and capital budget for the City. In FY 2006-07, he will oversee a total City budget of $646 million, including a general fund budget of $416 million, a capital projects budget of $128 million, and a special fund budget of $102 million. He will work closely with all city departments, but will have special responsibility for tax collections, assessments, purchasing employee benefits, risk management, workers’ compensation, pensions, debt, information technology and labor relations.
Rusconi was and born and raised in New Haven, attended public schools in the City and graduated from the University of Connecticut, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public finance. He has served over 30 years in the United States Air Force, including active duty during the Vietnam Conflict, and thereafter in CT Air National Guard (the “CTANG”); promoted to and retired as Brigadier General, USAF; served most recently as Chief-of-Staff and Commander of the CTANG.
Rusconi has retired after 23 years of experience as Partner and Managing Director at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP and RSM McGladrey, Inc., respectively. During that time he helped open, maintain and grow the New Haven office, as well as a public sector consulting and audit practice that is among the largest in the State. He was former Controller and Treasurer for the City of New Haven until 1983, when he left to pursue private practice.