Letter to the Editor: Have Cranston Democrats Changed Their Ways?

Letter to the Editor submitted by Bruce Saccoccio - Chairman, Cranston Republican City Committee.

To the Editor:
Recently, Democratic Chairman Michael J. Sepe spouted off about his fear of Cranston Mayor Allan Fung securing a veto-proof majority in the Cranston City Council in the upcoming general election. What we should be afraid of is when the Democrats in the Cranston have a super majority on the City Council.   
For example, from 1999 to 2002, with a Democratic super majority of 9-0 on the City Council, the Cranston Democrats passed gimmick budgets which completely emptied the Rainy Day Fund, and raided the City’s Police and Fire Pension Fund.  As a result, the City of Cranston was saddled with a junk bond credit rating and nearly went bankrupt. Mr. Sepe thinks this Democratic City Council did such a good job that two of the Democrats who are running for City Council this year were on the City Council back then and voted for these awful budgets.  Do you think the Cranston Democrats have changed their ways?  
Think again.  From 2009-2010, the Democrats had a 9-0 super majority on the City Council.  Once again, they voted for gimmick budgets which raided Cranston’s Rainy Fund, and reduced the city’s contributions to the City’s Police and Fire Pension Fund.  The Democrats were able to this because they could override the Mayor Fung’s vetoes.  Luckily, in 2010, Cranston’s voters elected some Republicans to the City Council to provide more balance and this year Cranston did not have a property tax increase. It cannot be any clearer.  
If the Democrats on the City Council have enough votes to override the Mayor Fung’s budget vetoes, Cranston’s taxpayers will suffer.  If Cranston wants reform and financial stability then voters need to elect Republicans to the City Council.  With support from the City Council, Mayor Fung can keep Cranston moving in the right direction. 
Bruce Saccoccio - Chairman, Cranston Republican City Committee
Sean P Gately October 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Mike Farina October 16, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I am running for City Council on the ideas of fiscal responsibility, protecting your tax dollars, working to move forward with true reforms to reduce the burden and ensuring your money is spent effectively and efficiently. As a finance professional with expertise in budgeting and forecasting I will work hard to achieve those goals and earn your trust. We can all point to the past and try to pick out points in a history where either party made a mistake when they were in charge. Past performances of others mean little when trying to asses what I Michael Farina will or will not do as a councilperson, regardless of the party to which I belong. I could compare Alan Fung's republican administration to other corrupt or inept republican administrations form the past but those comparisons do little to asses how he currently manages Cranston. We need to look to the future and work to solve problems not dwell on the past.
Cranston Voter October 16, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Cranston Voter @ Mike Farina. Well said. The true test is to maintain your current perspective if elected. So many candidates after being elected, very quickly loose focus on their pre election platforn and quickly become puppets for the party bosses, in an effort to secure their future political aspirations. You are one of my three finalists. Good luck to you and stay focused if elected, on those you represent.
Mike Farina October 17, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Thank you @Cranston Voter, politicians are elected to serve the people so many times people at all levels of politics forget that. I will ensure I never do and stay focused on the needs of the people.
Jim Carr October 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Rhetoric without results has been the driving force with most of the current Cranston City Council. The unhealthy party balnace is certainly a catalyst for a personal hidden agenda of many who occupy ward seats. As a candidiate for Cranston City Council CITYWIDE, I concur with the last post that " serving the people" is paramount. However, without a fair party balance to do what is best for all of Cranston, this current Administration will continue to be held hostage by an otherwise biased one sided council. In November, vote for the person. Look at his agenda, ideas and vision. Is it one that continues with the forward thinking and progressive ideas that are now evident by this Administration? It is critical that the recycling of the council candidates who are of the past be silenced in this election. It is time to consider voices of those who wish to progress rather than regress and elect those who value the council for what it is and not for what is best for their politicsal party. Take a thoughful pause and ask yourself, do you want to re-visit the past with the same idle ideas and rhetoric or do you want to move forward? By the response I have received from thousands I have met at your door steps while campaigning since last Spring..... the answer is a resounding, YES! Lets move forward.... starting November 6th ! JIM CARR CANDIDATE CITY COUNCIL CITYWIDE


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