Capital Punishment, Part 2
by Geoff Kelly - posted 11:57 am, December 18, 2008
Yesterday the five councilmembers who comprise a majority coalition—Fillmore’s Dave Franczyk, Niagara’s David Rivera, South’s Mickey Kearns, Delaware’s Mike LoCurto, and Lovejoy’s Rich Fontana—held a press conference to respond to Mayor Byron Brown’s veto of several revisions the Common Council made to the mayor’s proposed 2009 capital budget.
The mayor had originally proposed that infrastructure improvement funds (about $5.6 million of the $21.5 million capital budget) be kept in one pot, the distribution of which his adminsitration would control. The five argued that the amended version, in which the money was designated to specific districts, assured a more equitable distribution of infrastructure improvements across the city. The mayor, sounding thoroughly annoyed in a letter filed with the City Clerk, vetoed appropriations to each of the fice districts represented by members of the majority coalition.
At the press conference yesterday, Lovejoy’s Fontana used these charts to illustrate the distribution of spending as originally proposed by the mayor, as amended by the Common Council, and finally as a result of the mayor’s veto.
UPDATE: I forgot to add that the majority coalition will try to override the mayor’s veto on Tuesday, December 23. They’ll need to poach one of the mayor’s votes on the Council to succeed, which is unlikely.