This past Monday the Common Council of New Britain approved millions in bonding for textbooks and technology. While I recognize the need for educational equipment such as textbooks and technology the idea of bonding for these things is ridiculous. What is even more unbelievable is that the Common Council, yet again, is passing these bills during “special sessions” called for by a Mayor’s warrant. Why? Because then the Mayor doesn’t need to allow for public comment and participation.
This is a tactic they have been employing for months now. Whenever they have an issue that might be controversial they hold a special meeting instead of voting on it at the next regular meeting of the Common Council. These bonds won’t be sold for months, so there was no legitimate reason the Council had to vote this Monday rather than wait for a real meeting.
When O’Brien took office he promised “transparency” but his administration has stood for anything but. He repeatedly refuses to release documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act, he has issued a gag order to the staff of City Hall, he repeatedly calls for last minute meetings, even when there is no need to do so. The only thing transparent about this administration is their disdain for free and open access to government.