It’s been a debate chronicled on OIB for a decade: should the city’s legislative branch secure its own legal counsel independent of the executive branch, in support of checks and balances in government? How can the City Attorney’s Office provide legislative guidance that may be in conflict with the wishes of the mayor?
What seems like a novel thought is not always the case in the archaic world of the state’s largest city. With a City Council in place featuring new faces the urge for reform has been revisited. There’s a simple solution for the City Council to have its own counsel that does not report to the mayor: we’ll not fund the City Attorney’s Office until we get what we want. Does the will exist?
CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more:
Some City Council incumbents, including President Aidee Nieves, and freshmen members of that newly sworn legislative body want to hire an independent attorney.
But breaking up with the the mayoral appointed city attorney may be hard to do.
“In concept, I would like us to have our own attorney,” Nieves said. “But how that works, I’m not sure.”
“They have their own attorney,” insisted R. Christopher Meyer, who runs Bridgeport’s legal department. “Me.”
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