Yesterday's finance committee hearing was particularly important. Executive Lamont McClure wants to float a $26 million bond, and the county's financial adviser gave an excellent presentation that even I could understand. Tara "Down With the Patriarchy" Zrinski, an elected member of Northampton Council, was MIA. I assumed she must have had some unavoidable conflict. I was wrong. She blew off the meeting for politics.
Zrinski has blocked me from her Facebook page, but one of her friends sent me this explanation of what she was doing yesterday instead of representing the people who elected her:
In stark contrast to Zrinski, Lori Vargo Heffner actually cancels appointments so she can attend these meetings, depriving herself off income. Matt Dietz will decline work assignments for the same reason.
In 2008, Zrinski was sanctioned by Judge Emil Giordano for "perjury" in a custody dispute, though she was never criminally prosecuted. (See NorCo Docket 2007-9468, Court Order dated 12/16/08, Paragraph 14).