Sunday, December 20, 2009

Handcuffing the Mayor

Handcuffing the Mayor may bring a smile to the faces of his many detractors, but apparently it's an idea that hasn't met with much enthusiasm by the Herald News or the paper's online commentors.

City Councilor Ray Mitchell, who was voted back into office after an absence of almost 2 decades announced he would be proposing an ordinance once back in office that would limit the powers of a "lame-duck" Mayor.

The ordinance would restrict a "lame-duck mayor" from making appointments beyond 90 days. For those appointments were longer durations were needed City Council approval would be needed.

I think it's a good idea, and honestly one that I'm surprised isn't already in play. The Herald believes we don't need such laws and instead need leaders who put the city first, I think it's normal for an outgoing administration to try to find jobs for those who have been loyal. Furthermore I don't really have a problem with that, as long as the people are qualified and favoritism doesn't deny the job to a better candidate.

However, too often favoritism seems to trump all else! How can Mayor Correia fill a position that was vacant for his entire administration? Suddenly with a budget crisis this is a necessary position? Obviously not. Ideally our leaders would always put the best interests of the city and the people ahead of political interests, but I don't think that has EVER been the reality.

It was once said about such patronage, "to the victor belong the spoils", apparently Bob Correia feels they belong to the loser too.

And that brings us back to Mitchell's proposed ordinance, it would protect us from such frivolous appointments and I think that makes a heck of a lot of sense!

9 comments:

Lazurusisus said...

Couldn't agree more....even setting the tax rate is a way to make Mayor Flanagan's job that much tougher in his first year...or 50% of his term. Correia is a selfish destroyer...I hope all his supporters finally see what a millstone arounf Fall River's neck this clown has always been...Just smart enough to cause massive agony, just thuggish enough to scare little children and little old ladies..he's a bully, that's all, and I've seen him up close in action....the only people still singing his praises are those whose families dervive their living form the hackarama jobs they got for being his willing henchmen and women....and remember, at every trial of escaped Nazi prison guards there was some family member testifying to how great and kind and wonderful a person they were...HA!

Anonymous said...

thank god lisa strattans b/f jimmy viagara is on the mayor's transition team

Anonymous said...

Not sure what relevance the anonymous comment above has but....
I agree with Lefty for almost 2 years we heard how bad the economy was and how govt ctr had to take a pay cut and close on fridays, public safety and teachers needed to take a pay cut yet in the last weeks of his administration he once again needs to hire ADDITIONAL positions that we may be able to do without???

Charlotte

Anonymous said...

Not sure what relevance the anonymous comment above has but....


You are unsure of the extent of influence peddling in Fall Rivr, unsure about why it's wrong for the editor of a newspaper to have a b/f on the mayor's transition team or unsure about right and wrong?

reality check said...

It could be considered a conflict if Stratton was the one on the transition team, not her boyfriend. According to your logic it would be a conflict if fire fighters or police officers happened to be on the transition team for public safety. Likewise for teachers and the education team. There would be no local business leaders on the economic development team. Anybody put on the transition team could be considered to have a conflict. pindu

Lefty said...

I'm starting to think it's an ex-girlfriend or ex-wife who is leaving the comments. How else would they know about the viagra?

Really I have NO idea what those comments have to do with the post.

This has nothing to do with Flanagan's transistion team.

Anonymous said...

Trolls are never relevant, This could be a thread on any topic, and this particular troll would make it about Strattan. It's a Correia supporter who blames the Herald News for Bob getting voted out of office. The trolling will continue because Strattan is still the editor, her boyfriend is still on the transition team, Correia is still voted out, and the troll still can't change any of the above. It sucks to be a feckless troll, doesn't it. LOL

Anonymous said...

According to your logic it would be a conflict if fire fighters or police officers happened to be on the transition team for public safety. Likewise for teachers and the education team. There would be no local business leaders on the economic development team. Anybody put on the transition team could be considered to have a conflict.

Actually my logic is that so called "journalists" should avoid close connection with any administration. Cops, teachers, firefighters, factory owners, farmers, truck drivers are not journalists and are not supposed to be watchdogs on the administration

Anonymous said...

Troll!