Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hiding in Plain Sight

City Council held its budget hearing yesterday, kicking off promptly at 9:00 am and running until 5:00pm.

9 to 5?   Isn't that when most of the residents of the City are at work?   So they're unable to go to the budget hearing if they're interested in attending?

What a convenient way of avoiding that pesky "public input."   Especially from the taxpayers who work in order to feed the government beast.

Maybe the City could do what the County government does -- the County budget hearings are held in the evening, beginning at 6 pm.   That gives people who work a chance to participate.   Which is how you do it when you want them to participate.

Meanwhile, the Democrat and Chronicle runs editorials demanding "more public input" into the County budget.   But not a word, of course, on how the City shuts the working public out.


Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, the County is so receptive to public input in its decision making. If you really believe that I have a bridge to sell you.

Anonymous said...

Come on Lucy, public input that matters at County Legislature meetings? You've got some explaining to do......

Anonymous said...

Lucy, you need to learn that you are not allowed to blog negatively about the Demcorats in the City of Rochester. Even the D&C knows this. Notice how they keep separate the fact that City Government Democrats sit idly by while City residents and now college students are killed almost daily and no one in the Duffy/Democrat administration is held accountable or expected to do anything about it at all.

Get with the program like those above seem to suggest: Republicans/County bad no matter what, Democrats/City good no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Its not about defending Democrtas, it is about the blatant hypocrisy in the way Republicans attack Deomocrats public input practices.

Anonymous said...

Well, back to the point I guess. The public isn't allowed to criticize democrats and their self proclaimed transparency when they choose to shut people out. Isn't the greater hypocrisy the fact that the democrats don't want the public to know what they're doing in the city... just what republicans are doing in the county?

A prime example of "do what I say, not what I do" from you Dems. You guys are funny.

Gimmee an H!