Battle over Nashua police contract escalates
“I am surprised that she vetoed it,” Alderman Diane Sheehan, Ward 3, said of Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. However, Sheehan said this provides city officials with an ideal opportunity to “walk the walk,” adding it is important that the board does not allow the veto to stand.
On Tuesday, Lozeau exercised a line-item veto, which is permitted under the city’s charter, concerning just one cost item in the agreement.
“This will provide the parties with the opportunity to maintain the provision that actually reimburses the city’s health care program,” she said. “By accepting the removal of this one provision, the parties will, without the need for further approval, have the contract they negotiated.”
“I hope you will focus on this single item and recognize the dangerous precedent it sets,” she wrote.
Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly said she was unaware the mayor could veto one provision of a vote by the board.
Aldermen-at-Large Mark Cookson and David Deane also said they support the override.
Aldermen are expected to address the veto at their next meeting on Nov. 12, at which time a move to reconsider the original vote will be made. A majority vote is required for reconsideration.
“While I recognize that the Board of Aldermen want to move forward with this contract and that there is a benefit to bring negotiations to a close, it should not be at any cost,” said Lozeau.
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