Thursday, February 12, 2015

What He Said

If you missed hearing the mayor on the radio yesterday, you can listen to him here, speaking on a variety of topics, among them parking permits, the Ferry Street Bridge, contract negotiations with Hudson Cruises, Brian Branigan's issue with certain members of the Common Council, and his own career in law enforcement. 

The mayor provides some insight into the controversy over a legal adviser for the Council when he speaks about his positions "not being represented properly" by Dan Tuczinski and about Tuczinski "accommodating" the Council's efforts. He also expresses the opinion that if the Council overrides his veto and moves forward with hiring a legal adviser, he is the one who would get to appoint that attorney. 

On the subject of the Council holding its informal meetings in different wards--an initiative he refers to as a "venture" created by Nick Haddad--he shares his thoughts about why people don't attend meetings at City Hall: "A lot of times Council meetings get very contentious, which makes people not want to come." The mayor goes on to opine, "If the Council is going to each ward, we don't need two aldermen representing each ward. We could scale back on the representatives from each ward."

You can listen to the entire hour-long interview here.


  1. The very gesture of pointing out that he, the mayor, would enjoy the privilege of appointing the legislature's attorney is a tacit threat. Is there any other explanation for why the thing bears mentioning?

    On the other hand, I'm heartened that the same public official who'd make such an invidious comment also expresses his concern about contentiousness in public affairs.

  2. Sorry, I guess I was restating the obvious.

    In the past, I've sometimes defended the mayor for at least not being hypocritical. Once upon a time he was apt to tell you what he was about, even if it was distasteful to everyone outside his immediate circle.

    I won't make that mistake again.