Mayor Giuliano has vetoed the $10,000 appropriation by the Common Council to hire an outside law firm or professional to conduct an investigation of the Mayor's Office, the Personnel Department, and the Water and Sewer Department. In a separate resolution the Council directed that the investigation be into the mayor's decision to move the director and assistant director of Water and Sewer from their offices on Berlin Street to offices within City Hall.
In his "Statement of Objection Accompanying Veto", the mayor laid out several technical reasons for his action. He wrote that this was not an investigation by the Council (which is authorized by the charter), but instead an investigation by a private entity. "The Common Council can no more delegate its power to investigate to an outside entity any more than it could delegate its power to adopt ordinances to an outside entity."
Giuliano also said that hiring an outside entity would be an unlawful attempt to circumvent public scrutiny, "It is also a requirement that an investigation pursuant to to Ch. III, 8 is a legal proceeding of the common Council, and, thus, subject to the Freedom of Information Act."
The Council has 10 days to override the mayor's veto. 8 votes are needed for such an override, votes that clearly exist because all 8 Democratic Council members supported the $10,000 appropriation.
The Council meets Thursday in a community session at Macdonough School, but the veto override is not on the currently available agenda.