[StBernard] St. Bernard Parish Council overrides Rodriguez veto
Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Nov 21 11:13:02 EST 2007
Bitter grapes. Unfortunately, Mr. Rodriguez, till the end has not humbled
enough to appreciate the opportunity granted him. As a lame duck, JR chose
to go down in a blaze of glory rather than assist in a logical, respectable,
gentlemanly-like manner. Too bad.
In his transition, the new President, Mr. Taffaro should keep his
administration wide-eyed from the computer department to the administrator
as to avoid any shady deals past, present or future<G>. These times are
perilous, indeed. There is no margin-of-error for the new shaky
administration, so being involved as possible in operations would be a plus
for Craig. Keeping one's nose clean when so many thousands of watchdogs in
the parish have learned the hard way (because of Katrina) to distrust
easily, traipse lightly and sleep with one-eye-opened. Not just in safety,
but St. Bernard residents because of their emotional trials have learned not
to sit back and take neglect, ignoring their most urgent needs and placing
their future on hold.
They won't go down easily.
Their votes were tallied and the response was swift and sure. "If you cannot
pull us out of obscurity and want, then we'll let you know PROMPTLY!"
St. Bernard Parish Council overrides Rodriguez veto
Posted by St. Bernard bureau November 20, 2007 11:53AM
The St. Bernard Parish Council has unanimously voted to override a veto by
Parish President Henry "Junior'' Rodriguez of a council measure aimed at
monitoring the outgoing Rodriguez administration's spending.
The council's vote to override the veto this morning was 7-0, Council
Chairman Joey DiFatta said.
During a hastily-called special meeting Monday afternoon, the council
adopted an ordinance prohibiting Rodriguez's administration from spending
money on anything except employee salaries without first receiving council
Rodriguez lost his bid for re-election to the president's post over the
weekend. Some council members portrayed the ordinance as a routine measure
to ensure a smooth transition to the administration of Councilman Craig
Taffaro Jr., who beat Rodriguez for the presidency and takes office Jan. 8.
But other council members said they approved it because they are concerned
about the parish's finances.
The ordinance was approved 7-0.
Council Chairman Joey DiFatta said Tuesday morning that Rodriguez delivered
his veto to the council around 11 p.m. Monday. DiFatta said he called the
emergency meeting for 10 a.m. today because the council must respond within
12 hours to the veto.
DiFatta said there was little discussion during the council's emergency
meeting today. He said the council's ordinance will now become law.
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