| Who is really running City Hall? If you guessed old guard Councilman Tom Serra and big brother Rep. Joe Serra you are wrong! Although they still hold the reins tight for the in-debt Water Department run under the leadership of Serra first cousin Director Guy Russo, it appears the grip on Mayor Drew's collar maybe loosening. Move over boys, a new person has taken the throne and SHE isn't going anywhere fast.And nope - not Nepotism Nelly Councilwoman Hope Kasper - , guess again...|
City employees have told us Santangelo has even taken a liking to wandering around the building into other offices that have no relationship with the Registrar's office, and then offers unsolicited advice to employees and directors how to do their jobs- ie her way!
At issue here is the fact Lisa Santangelo and husband Councilman Bob Santangelo played a key role in getting Drew elected. The Santangelos were key fundraisers for the Drew campaign, ran the election headquarters and sheparded Drew's relationship with the Democratic Town Committee. Will Dan, the prodigal son ( and somewhat Manchurian-esque candidate) of the MDTC go against his creators and bite the hand that fed him?
It seem's Dano is in quite a pickle- as the song from the musical Chicago goes: having gotten one done from Mama, now one has to do one for for Mama.
The Insider predicts that to save face and retain favor, a deal will be worked out behind closed doors where Lisa Santangelo will resign and take a leave of absence for "personal reasons." This will be so Drew will not have to address the issue and stand up to his mentors in front of others.
So we ask, who is really in charge at City Hall? Is it Mayor Drew or Lisa Santangelo?
One is beholden to the other, and that is why Drew won't take actions against someone who has created such a disruptive & unpleasant environment in an office that never had these issues in the past.
Confused still? Re-read our past post Middletown's Tangled Web of Nepotism here: http://www.middletowninsider.com/2012/06/middletowns-tangled-web-of-nepotism.html
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Who is Really Running City Hall?
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