Friday, May 29, 2009
First Mayoral Debate a Heated Affair
After the Common Council meeting Thursday a heated debate began between Council member Hope Kasper and AFSCME president Jeff Daniels about the merits of the rejected union concessions. Soon, mayor Sebastian Giuliano who had been talking to me about his frustrations with the Council budget entered the fray. Before long the fracas included Democratic Town Committee Chair Dan Russo, and Democratic Candidate for Mayor Dan Drew.
The debaters paired off and suddenly Mayor Giuliano and mayoral candidate Drew were having their first public debate. It was a loud and passionate debate about whether a tax increase is necessary to keep the city on an even keel. After ten minutes of trading opinions, the debate ended when Council member James Streeto entered and suggested that the sooner council chambers were cleared, the sooner janitorial staff could clean--up, and the city could avoid paying overtime. Giuliano and Drew shook hands and promised to continue the debate at a later date.