|Councilman Serra & Mayor Drew|
"I know it was short notice but there were alternatives [to leaving the meeting]," Kasper said. "If she didn't have the opportunity to pick up the information before the meeting she could have asked for maybe a 30 minute recess to read the materials. I feel very strongly that this needs to move ahead for the police department." As quoted in the article by the Courant here: http://www.courant.com/community/middletown/hc-middletown-deputy-chief-0112-20130111,0,1827905.story
Apparently, taking 30 minutes to vet a candidate for the second most important position regarding public safety is more than enough time for speed reader Councilwoman Hope Kasper. Scary. I guess when you are Kasper, on personnel committees in which you hire your own son-in-law as she did in the case of Josh Berger, it wouldn't take 30 min to fairly evaluate someone's whole career!
Earlier in the week, Kleckowski was screamed at by an angry Mayor Drew after she questioned the timing of the meeting with little notice of the materials needed to vet the candidates. Read about Mayor Drew loosing his cool here.
Last year, Councilman Bob Santangelo was caught on video having a melt-down directed at fellow council persons and members of the public who came to a public safety meeting taking place there.
The issue at hand and continues to be with this Mayor and the Democratic majority is that the minority party, and the public, are purposely kept out of the loop. The requirement is the the process for delivery of official documents, whatever it is, be fair. In this case, delivery of the record in such a manner or at such a time as to render it meaningless would violate due process. Giving information to the Democratic majority before others is also a violation. Of course the laws don't apply in Middletown!