Last year the Republican minority presented an alternative budget which was defeated 10-2. Republican Council Minority leader Phil Pessina has already made statements to the media at the Mayor's presentation of the budget, endorsing the Mayor's budget as proposed.
Also in Common Council news, last week the council voted to accept Mayor Drew's nomination of Democrat Carl Chisem to replace Democrat Michael Johnson on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Johnson is leaving the board because he is moving out of Middletown. Chisem had served on the commission in the past.