Who says chivalry is a lost cause?
Not according to City Councilman Carlos Silva after Mayor Bill Finch blew a cork at the City Council meeting Monday night when he learned the legislative body would not approve a $10,000 federal grant that required a city match. Finch, the city’s resident Mr. Green Jeans who’s passionate about green initiatives, freaked when he learned the following Greenscaper Program item had been rejected …
EPA 2010 Greenscaper Grants Writer
“The city of Bridgeport is seeking financial assistance from the US Environmental Protection Agency to hire an intern under the direction of the Sustainability Director, to assist with the BGreen 2020 Initiative. The intern would create opportunities for additional rain garden and LID project implementation.”
An exasperated Finch called for a caucus, behind closed doors, where he unleashed an F-bomb rant in front of several female members of the city’s legislative body, wondering aloud how this grant could be rejected. East Side Councilman Carlos Silva didn’t want to hear Finch’s froth. He told the mayor to chill out, or as Carlos explains …
“The mayor blew up because we wouldn’t push a grant that he wanted. He said some things that were not so nice. I didn’t like the way he talked to us. I didn’t appreciate it.”
According to several council members in the room refined North End Councilwoman Michelle Lyons was upset about the mayor’s profanity. Understand that Michelle’s way of cursing is “darn.”
This all started when Finch learned that the council’s Economic and Community Development Committee refused to approve the grant money request out of concern that the city administration had not shown adequate evidence that the matching city funds were available. Gee, sounds like a responsible council act. Several council members wonder why the mayor would be so cranked up over a $10,000 matching grant. Is something going on they don’t know?
Many of the council members told the mayor to talk to your staff about this, not us. Finch’s Chief of Staff Adam Wood piped in that there had been a communication gap between himself and the council. In time things calmed down.
Ah, just another session at the Monday Night Fights.