Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Fed Ed's Defiance of City Council Might be Illegal
According to former Controller City Council member Lou Hershman, Pawlowski's action is simply illegal. This is because City Council never appropriated the money for this $89,000 position. Their permission is needed, which is certainly the way most local government works
At City Council's October 19 meeting, he questioned how Jeff Glazier, a Fed Ed ally who replaced Mary Ellen Koval as Controller after she pleaded guilty to political corruption, could approve any payments. . Glazier said he'd "take the matter under advisement." He declined to state whether he would make his findings public, stating that would depend on what he hears from the Solicitor.
Great minds think alike. Council member Daryl Henrdicks told Lou that he's already asked for an opinion from the Solicitor on this issue.
Several residents also suggested it is time to perform a home rule study.
State House candidate Ben Long, who is running against Mike Schlossberg for the 132nd State House District, slammed Fed Ed. “The Mayor’s move flies in the face of the Democratic process," he said. "Council represents the will of the people and the Mayor’s decision disregards them.”
Long was knocking at doors instead of spending his time at City Council. But he labeled Fed Ed as "Schlossberg's patron," and called on his opponent to renounce Pawlowski's action. "This is not a state government issue," he conceded. "It is, however, an issue of integrity."
Schlossberg's Facebook page is silent on the issue. State legislators tend to avoid local issues.