Ted Siefer's City Hall: Greazzo's attention to detail keeps board honest
Greazzo doesn't think there's a problem with the system, but he does feel that too many aldermen are willing to sign off on measures that violate personal rights.
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Greazzo was again the lone holdout - he abstained - when it came time Tuesday to confirm William Craig as the city's economic development director.
"I'm looking forward for Mr. Craig to start because there will be an awful lot of items on the table," he said at the meeting. "It's going to take some long hours, but I know his love for the city wasn't second to anyone interviewed. I know he'll give 100 percent."
Following the municipal primary last month, it appeared that mayoral candidate Patrick Arnold had a full head of steam. He won 40 percent of the vote, more than anticipated for a two-term alderman and a relative newcomer to the city. And he had raised more than $64,000 over the year, also a more impressive tally than Gatsas' previous challengers.
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Manchester tends to play hard to get when it comes to "sister city" relationships with foreign municipalities. Last year, the aldermen voted against partnering with Pendik, a city in Turkey.
Our fair city is not only named after the one across the pond, but, as Robin Comstock, the president of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, explained at the aldermen's meeting last week, it was "mirrored exactly on Manchester, with the belief that it would be an improvement, that they could do better for the mill workers."
Gatsas said if the partnership was about fostering a real relationship - not just a symbolic one - that would boost economic activity, he might be inclined to support it. "If there's any way we can create jobs in this country based on demand in England, that's a good thing," he said.
The City Hall clock tower has been bathed in pink light this month, and no, it's not because the mayor is getting in touch with his feminine side. It's for a good cause: to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be several events to raise awareness about the disease and money to fight it - and during the last week of the month, city firefighters will once again take to wearing pink T-shirts.
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