If crime in Chester, Pennsylvania doesn’t find its way on the front page of the local paper, politics and education surly will.
Today’s front page features budgets, community policing, police commissioners, do nothing politicians, and ‘chumps’ which were the topics of discussion at the final Chester City Council meeting of 2014.
Sometimes you wish reporters would ignore the petty little infighting that goes on between grown men and women leading our city. In reality, these skirmishes aren’t petty and only reinforce how fractious the majority political party is that’s leading our city.
As an outsider looking in, it must seem so dysfunctional and would certainly discourage any sensible business interest from wanting to set up shop here. Residents are probably confused as they’ve rallied behind the democrats in recent years only to read that the Mayor and City Council aren’t on the same page, the State Rep and the Mayor don’t seem to respect one another, the police commissioner only has the support of the mayor, the police commissioner's buddy from Philadelphia is tagged to community police the city. It’s all a hot mess.
It’s good to know that the Mayor is critical of the $50 million budget and I hope he continues to try to get a budget that he feels is more correct.
Council’s urging for everyone to create more revenue to make the budget work is an empty request since they've never been charged to be accountable for new revenue in the past. Didn't they say that parking kiosk was the answer?
Why would State Rep Kirkland give up that position to become the mayor of Chester with its never ending problems and bleak future? Isn't that a demotion into depression?
And, if you are serious about community policing, no one did it better than Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Give him a call. If he can clean up Times Square, Chester is a cinch.
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