Monday, December 22, 2008

Last Meeting as City Council President?

The City Council will conclude the 2008 year at their meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 23). 2008 was a notable year for the City Council. In a mere 365 days, they (with a few exceptions) managed to alienate thousands of voters; despite the opposition of more voters than most of them received votes last election, they opted to change the fire chief from a civil service position to a contract position, they approved a ridiculous stormwater "fee"(tax), voted to supplant the memorial of a war hero who died in a prison camp, and generally said how high when the Mayor said jump (*again with a few exceptions).....to name a few.

One of the most memorable moments of 2008 was Council President Joe Camara's infamous, last minute, Friday afternoon meeting to determine the fire chief issue, despite the fact that Councilor Steve Camara had a funeral to attend. J. Camara also, more recently, told the newspaper he was going to limit the councilor's speaking time during meetings (although he never followed through with the time limit, which probably had to do with his inability to unilaterally implement that rule on the council).

Joe Camara's inflexibility, rudeness, and desire to please the Mayor has been noted. SO - the position of Fall River City Council President is determined annually by a vote of the council members as can be seen here at Section 50 of the City Charter. Could this be Joe Camara's last meeting as president? Will his fellow councilors give him the boot in January? Who would replace Joe?

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do they also have to vote on vp- is casey gone??

Anonymous said...

Why not Councilor Steve Camara, or Councilor Viveiros?

Anonymous said...

Seeing the degree that City Council Vice President Pat Casey has bungled the Miller/McGovern Square Affair, I think she has raised her bungler credibility to merit a promotion in Fall River government.

Anonymous said...

Joe Camara and Casey will probably stay. Steve Camara would not have the votes.

Viveiros is owned, so there would not be any changes in votes on the council. However, there would be a more polished presence despite similar "mis-management" experience. People are impressed by a business suit and someone who speaks in complete sentences. Do not be fooled by Viveiros. Check her background and record.

Lefty said...

Great post!

I would be content to see Steve Camara or Ray Hague become Council President. Heck, I'd even give it to Leo!

My fear would be to see Linda become Council Prez with Lund as her V.P.

puck said...

Steve C. or Ray Hague would be great. Even Leo, but I understand he's nixed the proposition in the past. PLEASE NONE OF THE OTHERS. THey're either too power hungry, too dumb or too lazy.

Anonymous said...

Leo would have to actually learn the rules of order, for him to become president. I think he likes it just where he is.

I think they should oust Pat Casey altogether for her bungling of a simple process. They should all be rightly pissed at her right now.

Anonymous said...

Check Kozaks record and political favors that is all he is about and should be exposed before the next election.
Ask him what his christmas list is this year.

shamrock said...

It is very hard to nap while standing. This may pose a barrier to his presidency.

I have no doubt his yard will be impeccably landscaped compliments of the city this year.

Anonymous said...

who cares they're all the same

Anonymous said...

Maybe Kozak should worry about the city land named for veteran's being maintained instead of his own property.

Anonymous said...

check the asessed value of kozak's house

shamrock said...

He has several houses, which one? Not to mention the one he lives in that is in a relatives name.

Anonymous said...

the one he lives in

shamrock said...

The house Kozak lives in is valued, along with the land, at $395,4000. I don't think that is an unreasonable assessment.

Anonymous said...

what exactly it the point with the value of his houses, please explain what you are getting at.

shamrock said...

I was responding to Anonymous 16:24 with the assessment. I am not getting at anything with it, just responding to the comment. There would be an issue if it was under assessed but it doesn't appear to be.

Anonymous said...

Oh I didn't get where anon was going with it. thx

Anonymous said...

http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=10132425&BRD=1710&PAG=461&dept_id=99784&rfi=8

09/08/2003
Tom Kozak


City Council incumbent Tom Kozak is seeking re-election to a fifth council term.
A lifelong city resident, Kozak has served on the council since 1996.
Kozak is employed at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., where he works as an air traffic controller. He has been an air traffic controller since 1982. Prior to his career as an air traffic controller, Kozak worked for the Internal Revenue Service and the Navy.
Kozak's educational background includes a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College in 1979 and graduate studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Over time he has been involved with a number of local civic groups and organizations. They include the Eagle Scouts, the Polish National Home, Fraternal Order of Elks Lodge No. 118 and Polish American War Veterans. He has also received a number of FAA recognitions as an air traffic controller.
The 46-year-old Kozak lives at 350 Langley St. with his wife, Ann Marie (O'Donnell) Kozak, and their three children, Bryan, 16, Paul, 14, and Jenny Marie, 9.
The following is Mr. Kozak's political statement.
"Presently I am completing my fourth term on the Fall River City Council.
Some of the major issues that I have worked on are new schools for our children. I was a member of the Spencer Borden School Oversight Committee.
I have always taken a stance to close the BFI landfill and to ensure clean water for Fall River residents in the years to come. As a member of the council, I have opposed many user fees and rate increases.
I am a voice that has helped to protect the services needed for our senior citizens and for our veterans. Both groups have made this country the greatest in the world. Whether it be health insurance for our municipal retirees or ensuring that our veterans services remain a separate entity, my track record stands on its own.
As a parent of three children who all attend Fall River public schools, I can understand and relate to many of the problems facing Fall River families today.
I continually strive for safer neighborhoods and the best equipment for our Police, Fire and EMS departments, both to protect the men and women working in these departments as well as providing the best services available to all Fall Riverites.
As Fall River moves forward, we need to improve the basics such as cleaner streets, safer neighborhoods and smaller class size. We need to continue to strive to make Fall River city hall work for the people of Fall River."

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