I slammed both City Council and Mayor Ray O'Connell, claiming their own unwillingness to act as a check on disgraced Mayor Edwin "Fed Ed" Pawlowski is a large part of the reason why the City is a fiscal mess. I was astonished to read that one of the reasons they opted fora $1.25 million contract is they have no desire to be bothered by change orders. That's why they are there.
When I criticized Council, I was speaking of them collectively. It's important and fair to point out that Council member Julio Guridy voted No on this contract, and for very much the same reasons expressed by Hyman. He knows the cost should be far cheaper. Also, Council member Daryl Hendricks was a constant check on Fed Ed, perhaps more than anyone on Council. In addition, Council members Ed Zucal and Courtney Robinson are newcomers. Mayor Ray O'Connell was a Fed Ed cheerleader, but once he woke up, he became a forceful opponent and started providing oversight. O'Connell is very dedicated to the City and usually looks for ways to get together and build consensus. He had just come off a bomb explosion that could easily have killed many people. I still think his behavior towards Hyman was wrong, but believe that a bomb explosion followed by this fire probably had him upset.
I make no excuse for Candida Affa, who falsely represented that she attempted to contact Hyman, but was told his numbers are disconnected. She conveniently waited until Hyman was gone before making this accusation, but WFMZ-TV69 contacted Hyman and asked him about it.
Hyman responded directly to Affa:
"Hi Candida:Incidentally, Don Ringer called Hyman from the frickin' North Pole, and Hyman immediately answered. If phone calls from the North Pole made it to Hyman, it's safe to conclude his phone was in working order.
WFMZ just contacted me and said that you tried to contact me but the numbers were disconnected. I’m not sure where you were calling but I haven’t had any of my numbers disconnected in years. I’m texting you from my cell phone which is the same number you and I were texting on this summer. So if you need me you can always call or text me at this number.
By the way, I have no idea what Ringer is doing on the North Pole. I think he's looking for a municipality where he can speak without being tossed.