Gillian to return dad’s $10K

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OCEAN CITY — Mayor Jay Gillian said he will return $10,000 from his father, former Ocean City Mayor Roy Gillian.

The money, which Jay Gillian described as a loan but which was reported to the state as a donation, was slammed by Gillian’s challenger in Tuesday’s election, Ed Price.

When campaign financing reports to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission became public on Thursday, Price slammed Gillian for accepting the money, which far exceeded New Jersey’s $2,600 limit on campaign donations. He accused Gillian of having a disregard for the law, and said there was no excuse for Gillian taking the money.

By Thursday afternoon, Gillian had issued a statement indicating the finance report was in error, and that the money was intended as a loan. By Thursday evening, he said he had received incorrect information from ELEC about how to treat the matter, and had returned the $10,000 to his father, listed in the report as now a resident of Florida.

“I said when I became mayor, when I make a mistake I’ll tell the residents of Ocean City. In trying to respect my father’s wish to help, I unfortunately made a mistake,” Gillian wrote in a statement released on Thursday evening. “I have now corrected the matter.”

Gillian’s only other reported contribution was $25,000 he gave himself. Price’s most recent report shows a total of $15,345 in donations, mostly coming in less than the $300 cutoff for reporting the source of the money.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 13 to decide between Gillian and Price, as well as on the three at-large City Council seats.

Seeking seats are incumbents Michael Allegretto and Keith Hartzell and challengers Hyson, Peter Madden and Eric Sauder. 

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