Hudson mayoral hopeful Victor Mendolia had $182.35 on hand in his campaign coffers as of August 9th, according to State online records.
Among expenses reported by the impecunious canddidate were $62.46 for dinner at Club Helsinki, and another $57.36 dinner at Café Le Perche.
The bulk of all donations reported this summer for Mendolia’s “Better for Hudson” committee came from the reserves of the Hudson Democratic Committee, which he chaired until earlier this year. Only five residents of the City of Hudson are named as donors in his most recent campaign filing.
Meanwhile, incumbent Bill Hallenbeck appears to have failed to file any finance report at all with the State in the most recent cycle. This may be because Republican candidates in Columbia County tend to funnel funds through their County committee, rather than a local campaign—or because the Mayor does not consider Mendolia a serious threat—or both.