Ted Siefer's City Hall: Gatsas continues job-consolidation mantra
BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER ¬ Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas delivers his inaugural address at the Palace Theatre Tuesday. (1/5/10)
Marty Boldin, the director of the Office of Youth Services, announced last month he'll be leaving to start a fellowship in the fall at Boston University to earn his doctorate degree.
"There's been a few tearful meetings," he said. "We develop strong relationships with young people, and sometimes change is hard for them, but I trust the staff of OYS and the community will be able to help them and continue to do so."
Gatsas said he "wished (Boldin) well," but it's safe to say they're not on the same page as far as the future structure of the agency is concerned.
"I think Tim Soucy would do a great job with it," Gatsas said.
Consolidation has been something of a mantra for Gatsas. Last year, he proposed that the economic development chief position be eliminated and the office folded into his own after the abrupt departure of Jay Minkarah. The move was ultimately thwarted by a majority of the aldermen.
"The mayor has shown over his tenure his profound care and concern for young people," he said. "I know nobody understands more than he does the importance of having a department dedicated to the needs of young people in the city."
Of course, Market Basket is an institution in New Hampshire, and the stakes are especially high in Manchester.
Mayor Gatsas, who has pointed to the development of the Market Basket as one of the greatest accomplishments during his tenure, was one of the first leaders to publicly back the return of Arthur T.
Gatsas said he anticipated having some form of public hearing on the matter. But step one, he said, is to take "a look at other communities now negotiating with Comcast and what they're receiving."
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