What do you get when you mix a professional actor, a Reverend, a contractor , two former Aldermen and some well polished politicians? A good reality t.v. show and the 2008 Common Council. Tuesday's first real common common council meeting of the new year was very interesting as well as very predictable.
Charles Landi made it pretty clear that he is going to be an independent voice on the common council for the next two years as he fought hard unsuccessfully against the majority to transfer a property on Henry St to Trans Art that plans to turn the project into a African American museum.
" We can't have more properties going off the tax roles, I hope all of you people that are voting in favor of this tell your constituents that you just voted to raise their taxes" said Landi. The transfer passed 7-2 with Alderman Landi and Alderwoman DiBella being the only people to vote against the transfer.
After the Third time that Landi spoke on the issue, I must wonder if Council President Jim Noble may have regretted that his Dems brought back Landi to the Council. There also was some interesting tension and competitiveness between Landi and Senor....it'll be interesting to see how that will play out in the coming months.
I also got my first look at Alderman Polocco and Alderwoman Whitlock in action and I must say that I was impressed with both of them. Whitlock and Polocco seemed very knowledgeable as freshman law makers. Polocco certainly had more to say than his fellow GOP colleague Al Teetsel, who as usual, sat and did nothing.