Things have been a little tense between Mayor Pedro Segarra and City Councilman Larry Deutsch, who on Monday raised concerns about Segarra’s proposed budget — specifically, his plans to sell city assets and cut positions.
Segarra unveiled his proposed 2014-15 spending plan on Monday. You can read about it here.
Deutsch, a member of the Working Families Party, fired off a series of emails to the mayor criticizing his proposal. In them, he asked questions and pushed back against calls for job cuts and the selling of city assets. He also complained about tax lien sales and purchasing card (or “p-card”) spending.
In one email, he wrote: “Yesterday you did as threatened: layoffs, again, as your means for forcing concessions. Balancing your budget on the backs of working or unemployed people. Applying proportional furlough days was a means, applied to well-paid non-contracted (non-union) city employees including yourself, and would be a modest ‘shared sacrifice.’”
He added: “So whether it’s you or some other lawyers and politicians who are supposed to represent and protect the city long-term, some may have to leave office if they can’t operate honestly. To recall Abraham Lincoln: ‘You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.’”
Segarra responded in an email today, copied to The Courant:
I will not lend myself to your madness. I will deal with these items when we present to council. You offer no real solutions but a lot of cheap rhetoric. For all those watching, they know who the real fool is.
You can read the chain of emails here: Emails
What do you think of Segarra’s proposed 2014-15 budget?