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Entries Tagged as 'Mark Anastasi'

“¡Ya Basta!” Clean Up Sewer Collection Mess At WPCA

February 7th, 2018 · 44 Comments · City Council, News and Events

UPDATE, related story here. Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez is providing guidance to the City Council’s Ordinance Committee that wants to reform collection practices of the Water Pollution Control Authority following constituent complaints. In this OIB commentary she writes “It is true that state law considers a sewer bill that goes unpaid for thirty […]

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Marcus Brown Presses Reforms In WPCA Collection Process

January 29th, 2018 · 56 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Kicking off Monday’s Ordinance Committee meeting, co-chair Marcus Brown delivered these remarks setting forth a process, including a public hearing, to address resident complaints about the collection practices of the Water Pollution Control Authority. BEFORE BEGINNING THIS MEETING, THE CHAIRS WISH TO MAKE A FEW OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING THIS COMMITTEE’S CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE PORTION […]

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Eneida Martinez Speak–”Both Men Are Jews And Buddies And They Go To The Same Synagogue”

January 28th, 2018 · 78 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

East End City Councilwoman Eneida Martinez is no shrinking violet. She is often unaccustomed to a verbal filter. As co-chair of the Ordinance Committee, she is one of several council members expressing frustration about the impact of the Water Pollution Control Authority’s collections process on her constituency. In her line of fire at the December […]

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Ethan Throws Book At WPCA Collections, Newton: Worse Than A Loan Shark

January 27th, 2018 · 10 Comments · City Council, News and Events

The City Attorney’s Office is verging on a collision course with some City Council members. The Ordinance Committee will conduct a special meeting Monday, 5 p.m. in the Wheeler Rooms of City Hall regarding the “Proposed resolution requesting the City Attorney’s Office to create an ordinance that requires the WPCA to implement a customer mediation program […]

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What’s Bona Fide Residency? The Eleanor Guedes Case

January 12th, 2018 · 6 Comments · Civil Service, News and Events

The question of residency for Civil Service Commission Chair Eleanor Guedes was a hotly debated item on OIB in 2009. See here. What’s bona fide residency? In the case of Guedes she has a family business outfitted with a bedroom in Bridgeport she declares as a residence, but the evidence then and now argues she […]

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The City Council’s Chief Thode Intervention–Semantics Of ‘Appointment’ Versus ‘Contract’

October 28th, 2017 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

When the City Council’s Contracts Committee went into caucus Wednesday night to discuss the contract terms for Fire Chief Richard Thode the chief made one thing very clear: “I am receiving just my city paycheck. No pension. Please clear that up with your readers.” The reference was to some OIB reader comments that the chief […]

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Retired Judge Lopez Shares Legal Insight Into Weldon School Board Seat, City Attorney Agrees, Six Seats Up For Grabs

July 6th, 2017 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Update: City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer on Thursday afternoon told OIB he agrees with the legal interpretation shared by Judge Lopez. “I have the utmost respect for Judge Lopez,” said Meyer. “I generally concur with her interpretation of the statute and will set forth a formal opinion within the next few days.” That opinion, he […]

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School Board Monday Night Fight Over Lighthouse Program

May 23rd, 2017 · 29 Comments · Education, News and Events

pic.twitter.com/G7ZfecJDuv — linda lambeck (@lclambeck) May 23, 2017 If you’re bored with the Board of Education, it wasn’t so boring Monday night. The nine-member body got into quite an exchange over an eventual vote that failed to overturn a $500,000 rental fee charged to the city’s Lighthouse program for after school and summer programs that […]

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