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Annapolis Mayor Under Fire

| March 16, 2010, 10:42 AM | 1 Comment

CAO Appointment Challenged

When Josh Cohen took office in December, he realized that he had a tough road in front of him. As he began to dig a little deeper, he began to realize it was much more difficult than anticipated. He has faced three record breaking snow storms, making a decision to cut programs and to lay off city employees.  Could he have handled the snow removal better? Absolutely! Were there alternatives to laying off employees? Perhaps. Is Annapolis on the right track? For the most part, it seems so.

However, there is dissension from many angles. The Unions (who supported Cohen’s bid for Mayor) are upset at the layoffs. And judging from this mailer, which is scheduled to arrive in mailboxes today, it will only get worse before it gets better. This flier is reportedly being personally funded by a member of the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee–the very committee that ushered Cohen into the primary after Zina Pierre stepped aside. We tried to contact Nick Berry, Chairman of the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee and he had not responded by press time. Once we receive a comment, we will publish it.

We sent his flier to Cohen for a comment this morning. It seemed that Cohen was aware of the flier and had this to say:

Since taking office, I have been making a number of positive changes to make Annapolis a more effective, efficient and transparent government. Some of these changes don’t sit well with people who support the old way of doing things, but I believe more than ever that Annapolis needs the new approach that my administration is taking.

Annapolis Mayor, Joshua J. Cohen

Judging from the tone of this flier, and some recent posts on two local blogs (Annapolis Political Scene and King of George), it appears that the dirty politics which permeated the elections last year will be resurfacing.  Curiously, a long time political blog, Annapolis Capital Punishment has become notably apolitical in recent months. Stay tuned!

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  1. todd says:

    It’s nice that in two months two men? Can come in to the City and demantal it from the inside out. They both Mr.Cohen and Mr. Smith ( sorry they do not deserve their titles ) spend thousands of dollars in new salaies in the Mayors Office, implement a layoff in contray to his campaine promises. The layoffs were uncalled for without looking at other ways to deal with the City’s money woes? The city is sitting on property worth millions in the old Rec. Center!! da

    The city lost some very good folks that worked very hard for the city and now Mr. Smith wants to give himself another $53,000.00 dollars on top of his $145,000.00, but then take a 3% raise that has already been contracted to the city’s union members in return for no layoffs. lie!!! Not to mention trying to take the city employees for a 3.0% pay degrease and raise there insurance up 25%.
    Lets add this up hmmmm. Adds up to a 31% overall pay degrease in pay for city employees. Lets not forget they are also faceing 10 furlow days on top of all of this! That’s another two weeks pay. To me this adds up to alot of works that are lucky to have a job will still have to stand in lines at the soup kitchen’s as they watch there house be taken back by the banks or there landlord placing them on the street(s).


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