So much going on I don’t know where to start.
The battle of words between Mayor Bill Finch and Board of Education President Max Medina will not end any time soon; a legislative bill to regulate finances of Catholic churches is pulled as Bishop Lori rallies parishioners to the state capitol; Lisa Parziale’s meat hook; and oh yeah OIB has a party Thursday night.
The engagement (no, not holy matrimony) between Finch and Medina comes as Max winds down his 16-year career on the Board of Education. He’s not seeking reelection this year. He feels he’s served long enough. But the BOE lion isn’t exactly going out like a lamb either.
Finch and Max have never been best buds–they’re practically neighbors a stone’s throw from Beardsley Park–and often end up on opposite sides. Bill for Joe Lieberman. Max for Ned Lamont. Bill for Bill as mayor. Max for Chris Caruso.
It appears the mayor will try to turn the BOE into the marketable monster sapping resources as he prepares to submit his second full budget to the City Council in early April. Max wants to go out reminding the public it was Finch who had promised to be the education mayor.
Speaking of the mayor’s budget, city bean counters are working with a spending plan in which reval kicks in with a slight shift toward the business sector. As a result some homeowners may benefit, but others will be screaming in this economy. ‘How the hell can my home be worth this when I can’t sell it for half that amount!’ That’s the problem with revaluation. Values are based on what was then, not what is now.
The mil rate should come down. But how much? And it would not surprise if more layoffs are included in Finch’s plan. The city is still trying to close a budget gap for the current year’s budget with an eye on the next budget year beginning July 1.
So it didn’t take long for Stamford State Senator Andrew McDonald to fold like an accordion. The bill to regulate the books of parishes had Bishop Lori whipping up the masses. The bill has been killed. I wonder if McDonald will seek confession from the bishop. ‘Forgive me father, never again will I poke my legislative beak into your pew.’
Will long-suffering legislative Republicans make political hay of the Democratic gaffe? You bet. Oh, they won’t admit that, but I can see it coming: ‘When Democrats tried to intrude into your confessional we barred the door.’ Let the genuflecting begin.
Make Mine Marbled
I had to snicker a bit (okay, maybe a lot) when I learned former City Council President Lisa Parziale whose wicked tongue has made her more enemies than friends in politics was grilled by police for walking out of Super Stop & Shop packing too much meat. Lisa says it slipped her mind to pay as she walked out the door. Now honey, come now.
Funny thing about that meat, it was probably butchered by the father of current City Council President Tom McCarthy. Yup, Big Mac’s dad is a butcher at the Madison Avenue store. Is that how Big Mac learned how to carve up his political enemies? (Lisa being one of them.)
Hey, maybe Lisa will bring her meat (I’ll bring the Lafite) to the OIB first anniversary party Thursday, 6 p.m. at Matty’s Corner, Fairfield Avenue and Brewster Street. In fact, how about a mud-wrestling match between Lisa and her former City Council partner Bob Troll Walsh? Yahooy can be the special guest referee. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?
Join us at Matty’s for a cocktail, good eats and the best rumors in town.