Crime, especially break-ins of houses and cars, is at a peak in North Adams. We need every police officer on patrol.
So why is Mayor Richard Alcombright bringing a police officer to the City Council meetings? To stand around and wait for a disturbance?
There has never been a disturbance -- a legitimate disturbance -- at a council meeting. The mayor and Council President Bloom just use that term to stifle me because I expose the mayor’s poor judgment and he can’t stand that.
So when the meeting is over, the officer who’s been standing around doing nothing is instructed by the mayor to escort a councilor out of the chamber. This is a gross waste of manpower when these officers are needed in our neighborhoods that are seeing a rash of break-ins every week.
When I questioned the mayor about it, he said nothing. So I told him I would let the public know about his attitude. Your safety doesn’t seem to matter to him, except when he can get his picture in the news.