Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Roberts to Resign

Seven hours after Gossips shared the news that city attorney Cheryl Roberts was resigning, the Register-Star published a report apparently originating from the mayor's office: "Mayor: City Attorney Roberts to step down." Interestingly, according to the article, "the mayor stressed that she is still the city attorney and will preside over tonight's meeting of the Common Council." Carl Whitbeck is expected to replace Roberts as "the full-time city attorney" and Dan Tuczinski to replace Whitbeck as assistant city attorney.


  1. Something for the new/old city "boss" to consider while sculpting the City's new shoreline:
    The Dormant Commerce Clause does not expressly exist in the text of the United States Constitution. It is, rather, a doctrine deduced by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts from the actual Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Justice O'Connor has written that: The central rationale for the rule against discrimination is to prohibit state or municipal laws whose object is local economic protectionism, laws that would excite those jealousies and retaliatory measures the Constitution was designed to prevent. See The Federalist No. 22, pp. 143–145 (C. Rossiter ed. 1961) (A. Hamilt
    on); Madison, Vices of the Political System of the United States, in 2 Writings of James Madison 362–363 (G. Hunt ed. 1901).
    1 Riparian

    1. Restore an ancient use of shore, de-criminalize dueling. Hudson would run out of crooked politicans long before the county would run out of drunken sailors.

  2. Now that I've read the article, I see that the mayor has praised Ms. Roberts for her environmental expertise!

    Across the entire spectrum of the mayor's constituents I don't know anyone in this city who doesn't know that Ms. Roberts learned on the job, and learned her lessons poorly at that.

    I'd have agreed, even against my own interests, if she'd been effective at cheating the state's environmental laws, but it seemed she could neither help nor hurt very effectively when it came to the environmental issues. Her most powerful tool was the perpetual state of ignorance in which she kept the public.

    I admire the mayor's gallantry, but if the compliment had any trace of a political tin ear then it was an unforced error on his part (perhaps an occupational hazard of living in the closed circle of City Hall).