The war being waged by the Republican controlled BET and BOE is getting to the Mayor. On Friday he issued a press release:
In the hopes that we can work out an agreement that will be fair to everyone, the Teachers, Administrators, Taxpayers, but more importantly for the students. I have sent the following mail to the parties involved. I believe that the time for recrimination is over and that we need to join to work out an agreement. There has been enough heat generated, we now need to shed more light.
The email below was sent to parties involved:
Dr. Susan Marks, Superintendent of Schools
I am aware of and admire the level of commitment each of you is making to the effort to ensure this year’s budget is directed in a manner that best ensures a continuation of our shared commitment to quality education for all Norwalk children. That your point of view may occasionally be presented with the passion of your belief is not only understandable but respectable.
Having said as much the time has come for composed conversation regarding how best we, on behalf of all teachers, administrators, students and citizens, can best proceed to set a plan for the coming year that we can afford, that protects jobs, that ensures appropriate class size and support, and that provides for a level of harmony as we work together on our mutual mission.
Therefore, this invites you to join me to diplomatically discuss how best to advance. I am confident that we can emerge from such a meeting with at the very least an agreed upon demeanor for ongoing discussions. It is my hope that we may also discover mutual ground for ultimate agreement. In anticipation that you agree that such a meeting is in our best interests, please let me know when in the coming days you may be available.
Mayor Richard A. Moccia
So Stamford has a nearly $2 million dollar operating budget surplus and do you know why? Just look at the south end! They’re building stuff. Commercial, big project stuff. Because Stamford invests in itself and bonds out to do infrastructure improvements so they can get things moving.
Remember what Norwalk’s legislative priority has been? Bueller ….. Bueller? Well, Ill just have to fire up the way back machine and just recap every dumb decision this body of elected flunkies has managed to mangle, muddle and spindle into death by obstruction. And let’s n0t let them off the hook with the old economy sucks excuse. Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Fairfield, and Darien are all building. We instead can’t even figure out how to get $5 million that was sits allocated to the City of Norwalk because our elected officials want to play a pissing contest over which developer should “benefit” from it. Forget what part of Norwalk might need to get with the 20th century let alone the 21st century.
From the Advocate:
Most notably, the city saw better-than-expected building department permit revenues, with such permits bringing in roughly $4.4 million, or $1.4 million above the city’s $3 million estimate, which Privitera called “conservative.” Building permit revenue has been declining since a high of $8.5 million in 2006-07, last year totaling $6.5 million.
Whatever it is about Chris Powell, I find myself noticing his editorials a lot. Here is the first example of Connecticut’s professional press, to the best of my knowledge, calling Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell out for doing what it is she always does.
… Rell’s time for mere posturing is up. To get a budget the governor now will have to start spending the political capital she has amassed in the opinion polls. It apparently will be spent to appease the government class …
Powell cannot be accused of having a liberal bias.
Worth reading. Continue reading