Judging by Monday night’s lean City Council agenda, see here, action during the Zoom/teleconference meeting will come during the public speaking portion at 6:30 p.m. with nine speakers lined up under the subject “Committee Assignments, Leadership, Good Governance and State of the City,” led by Maria Pereira, booted from committee assignments by Council President Aidee Nieves for causing chaos among the legislative body.
Be it bullying, according to critics, foul language, body shaming or a general loathing of consensus that doesn’t go her way, Pereira, as was her history on the Board of Education, has become a lightning rod on the legislative body. North End councilors Michael DeFilippo and Michelle Lyons were also sanctioned by Nieves for not following council protocols.
Still, Pereira has her supporters who assert her council independence does more good than harm in bringing taxpayer issues to light.
Two people of note are scheduled to speak Monday night, former City Council President Lisa Parziale and two-time mayoral contender Chris Caruso who spent 20 years in the State House.
For Caruso, who earned his political stripes as a reformer including passage of Connecticut’s clean-money program of publicly funded races, this is a transparency issue of a continued dialogue among council members especially during the federal government’s probe of municipal business that recently netted the conviction of former Chief AJ Perez for rigging the 2018 top cop exam.
This is not the time to strip council members of committee assignments, Caruso says.
CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more on the City Council dysfunction issue here.
Others scheduled to speak Monday night include some of Pereira’s constituents.
The public may listen into this meeting by calling the following conference line and then entering the conference code:
Dial-In Number: (929) 436-2866
Meeting ID: 381 083 245