I left tonight's Common Council meeting in utter disbelief. I am in total support of a Senior Center and plans to locate it at the old armory, but the eleventh hour change proposed by the Mayor, and passed at tonight's Council meeting, is fiscally irresponsible. Taxpayers are on the hook for another $100,000 over the next two years--a .5% increase in the city's budget for each year--without any provisions on how it will be spent or audited, when alternatives were presented.You can read the rest here.
The mayor, who we know from John Mason's report in the Register-Star spent the evening not at City Hall but "with his constituents at Providence Hall," responded to Hamilton's message this morning with his own message, in which he defended his position while disparagingly referring to his opponent as "'Tiff'" and "Madame Hamilton." You can read the mayor's statement on his Facebook page or on a new and anonymous blog that debuted this morning, which takes as its title from one of Alderman "Doc" Donahue's more memorable utterances: Good night, Tim. Don't come back again. Gossips recommends reading the mayor's statement on the blog, because there you can also read Fourth Ward alderman candidate Rich Volo's take on the current situation surrounding the senior center: "Don't you want your grandmother to have a car?"
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Gossips Note: The mayor seems to have removed his statement from his Facebook page, so now the blog is the only place where it can be read: Good night, Tim. Don't come back again.