With the new City Council now sworn in, how’s this for a novel idea: members should be required to sit through the public speaking portion of council meetings.
Instead, they move about, hide in the caucus room, yap on cell phones, walk in late, conspire with their peers, yadda, yadda, yadda.
City Council President Tom McCarthy, who must chair the meetings, is among the few council members that actually gives speakers ear time. If I’m Big Mac I say okay boys and girls if I have to sit through this you have to sit through this. If you’re in City Hall for the half-hour speaking portion you must be in your seat. If you’re not in City Hall it goes against your attendance record. If you miss so many meetings (without a doctor’s note), see ya.
What’s wrong with a little governmental discipline? That prehistoric noise you just heard was Big Mac yelling, Lennie, leave me alone!
Speaking of Mac Attack …
Holy buy time! Word is that GOP U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon will blast $500,000 worth of television time over the next few weeks. That’s what I call, in media buy time, a half a barrel. Swoosh. Talk about covering the waterfront. That’s one quick way to juice poll numbers. Poor former Congressman Rob Simmons, the GOP poll leader must have the razor blades poised. Simmons will need mighty political support to stay in the game for the August primary. Or maybe challenge Linda to a mud wrestling match at the OIB holiday party Monday 5:30 p.m. at Épernay Bistro!!!
And Chris Dodd supporters might be saying, quick call all of your Republican friends to make sure they vote for Simmons in the primary so we don’t have to face a $20 million buy.
When I read this in the Connecticut Post …
A dozen white firefighters have prevailed in their reverse discrimination lawsuits against the city.
Settlement of the Bridgeport lawsuits filed was announced Tuesday, after lawyers representing the white firefighters said this summer that their position was bolstered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favored white firefighters in New Haven who had made similar arguments.
The 12 plaintiffs, including a Puerto Rican, filed suit in federal court in April, eight months after several of them were denied promotions to lieutenant when the city rescored a lieutenant promotional exam. The 2006 test was re-scored and re-ranked after James Outtz, a nationally known test designer, found the results had been weighted unfavorably against minority candidates.
… It got me thinking (not always a smart thing) after I read this …
Plaintiffs in the suits were: Timothy Bottone of Newtown, Matthew Deysenroth of Redding, Michael Donovan of Hamden, Steven Earl and Francis McNellis Jr., both of Monroe, Joseph LaChioma of Derby, Robert Novak of Shelton, David Purcell of Milford, Mike Raffalo of Wethersfield, Phil Reeves of Wilton, and Timothy Richmond of Oxford. Also a plaintiff in the lawsuit was Roberto Diaz of Naugatuck, listed as Caucasian and Puerto Rican.
… How many members of uniformed services in the city actually live in Bridgeport?