It turns out that Mayor Martin J. Walsh accepted more than a granite countertop and kitchen cabinets from one of Boston’s most prominent developers.
Joseph F. Fallon, best known for his projects on the South Boston waterfront, also gave Walsh a small truckload of office furniture that is being used by staff members in the mayor’s suite at City Hall. The donation included 10 chairs, two desks, two file cabinets, and a conference table, according to a city spokeswoman, Bonnie McGilpin.
The used office furniture is worth about $2,000, McGilpin said. It’s in addition to the $1,000 worth of materials Fallon gave to renovate a small kitchen outside the mayor’s office.
Walsh initially failed to disclose the donations and get City Council approval, as required by state law.
The administration filed the proper paperwork earlier this month and the City Council approved.
One fiscal watchdog said previously that a gift from a developer to the mayor’s office was inappropriate because it could suggest someone was seeking preferential treatment.
Walsh rejected the criticism, saying he was saving taxpayer money by accepting goods headed for the dumpster.
“In addition to the salvaged items in the kitchen,” McGilpin said, “Fallon donated a few additional pieces of salvaged office furniture . . . that are being used by staff on the fifth floor whose furniture was in disrepair and needed to be replaced in April 2015.
“These are the only pieces of donated furniture the administration has accepted,” McGilpin said.