I have been watching this development closely concerning the PRP firefighters and was waiting to see if the moron Abramson would actually try to pull this off. Apparently he has decided that the voters in PRP do not matter and he will take care of his buddies regardless of what we want or say.
After the people who live in the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection district went to the polls on September 19, 2009 to vote for a representative on the fire board, the votes were counted and verified that Michael A. Priddy, Sr. won with 47% of the vote in the three candidate race. The PRP Fire Protection Board of Trustees certified Michael A. Priddy, Sr. as the winner and sent his name to the Mayor for nomination to the Metro Council.
Seems simple enough doesn't it?
Of course not. Not with Abramson's regime.
The Mayor ignored the results, as he always does when he cannot control the outcome, of the public election and has nominated his own appointment, Rosemary Mattingly (a political insider), who has no firefighting experience and is the former legislative aide to Councilman Bob Henderson.
Henderson, as you may recall, is one of Abramson's rubber stamps and his Legislative aide Larry Mattingly and Henderson also were charged in the whole MSD fiasco brought about by Sarah Lynn Cunningham. Not to mention the deals that were made last year so Henderson won his seat by default. Wonder where those players are now but I digress.
Rosemary Mattingly was also part of Henderson's staff. She and her husband Larry were indeed making good money off our taxes.
Vicki Welch of course then fired her LA Steve Clark who now, yep you guessed it, moved into Henderson's office as his "inside" LA while Larry Mattingly is now a "field" LA. Louisville News and Politics: DISTRICT 13 COUNCILWOMAN WELCH DISMISSES HER LA
Can anyone say huh?
Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins sent an email blast to his constituents notifying them of this behavior. He and Michael Priddy, SR will be on the Francene show on 84 WHAS at 10 am. to discuss this situation.
The Hawkins email states: “The Mayor is positioning himself to take over PRP’s fire taxing district, which has a multi-million dollar budget,” says Councilman Hawkins. Further, the Councilman fears that the Mayor will take the tax dollars (and the fire equipment) generated by this fire district and place them in other areas of town.
Hawkins is correct. This has been a problem most in the community have been expecting for some time. Simply, the Mayor would gouge the County funds and spend them recklessly in other areas instead of where they are intended to go.
How else can you try to justify ignoring a vote of the people, by the people, and for the people? take the vote aside and compare firefighter relevant credentials.
Michael A. Priddy, Sr. is a former firefighter injured in the line of duty and forced to retire from the fire department because of his injury.
Mattingly experience for the job? Nada. Zilch. Normal for Abramson appointees. Have we had enough yet?
Abramson needs control of the fire district money now more than ever to hide his shortfalls. We in the County pay additional taxes for our fire service and Abramson is not entitled to it.
The Metro Council meets on Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00 PM to discuss Abramson's appointment of one of his favorite political insiders.
Please attend and tell the Council NO.
Write Abramson and tell him it is time to go now. He needs this now before he leaves office (and yes he is leaving before the election).
Do not allow him to screw the volunteer fire departments or the residents of the community who depend on them.
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