October 30, 2008

'Mad Dog is back'

Claiming that “Mad Dog is back,” city Councilor Ken Cockayne today blasted the mayor for being a 'coward' who's in the pocket of the unions.

Cockayne decried Mayor Art Ward’s decision to put so many union representatives on a new panel looking into the possibility of tapping excess pension cash to lower property taxes.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Cockayne said. “The unions basically control the whole board. This is not a fair and balanced committee.”

Nine of the 19 members of the committee are union representatives and some of the others are friendly to the unions.

“When I looked at the list, I almost fell off my chair,” Cockayne said.

Cockayne said the pro-union leaning of the panel is “another example of Ward pandering to the people who got him elected.”

Cockayne also took a shot at Ward for failing to put himself on the panel.

“Removing himself from the issue is just cowardly,” Cockayne said. He said the mayor ought to be the panel’s chairman so he would have a stake in its decision.

Ward “has really stacked this committee knowing the outcome,” Cockayne said.

“Here’s an example of direct savings for the taxpayers and we know what their answer is going to be,” Cockayne said.

He said the unions won’t agree to transfer money from the pension accounts to cover their own health care without getting something extra in return.

Cockayne said the decision about how to handle the pension excess is “a management issue” and “not a collective bargaining issue.”

There’s no reason to give unions so many seats at the decision-making table, Cockayne said.

Ward said this week that he wanted each of the city’s unions to have a representative so they would all understand the issues at stake and know what’s going on.

Here's the committee membership list:

Phyllis Amodio (public health union)
T.J. Barnes (Retirement Board)
Cliff Block (City Council)
Greg Boulanger (Local 818)
Dan Carter (BPSA)
Dale Clift (city attorney)
Ken Cockayne (City Council)
Steve DeVaux (school business manager)
Diane Ferguson (personnel director)
Jack Hines (Fire Board)
Paul Keegan (Local 1338)
Glenn Klocko (city comptroller)
Peter Kot (police union)
Chad Lockhart (Local 2267)
Rich Miecznikowski (finance chairman)
Peter Munn (fire union)
Collen Ryder (education secretaries)
Mayra Sampson (Local 233)
Bill Veits (city treasurer)

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70 comments:

Anonymous said...

cockayne is already starting to make excuses for why his way is not the hughway to be traveled on this issue.
maybe if you thought for a second rather than spouting off on everything that you disagree with - which is everything anyone else has thought of over the past year - you might gain an insight rather than an attitude.
start practicing the methods for " taking your foot out of your big fat mouth" and start to listen for the next year - you might even learn something (emphasis on "might".

Anonymous said...

I love it - "MAD DOG" - cockayne must be referring to himself - it's a good thing that the "mad dog" doesn't have any teeth because he would be biting himself in the butt as he chased his tail trying to make sense out the stupidity of his actions versus just going in circles as he is doing now.

Anonymous said...

Cockayne is nothing but a typical republican that attacks anyone whho doesn't agree with him. Who's pocket is he in ? T.J's ?

Anonymous said...

ken, you had better learn the definitions of the terms that you (mis)use.
if you are calling ward a coward and, as such, insinuating that you are a hero - get over yourself.
A hero isn't someone who disagrees with everyone by calling them names.
A hero is someone such as a warrior like the young soldier who has been injured in combat - get over yourself, a hero you are not.

COCKAYNE IS GREAT said...

You're wrong Mr. Union Hack (aka 1:17 PM & 1:23 PM)...

Ken Cockayne is 100% correct. These appointments are a fraud, these appointments are disgusting and this board is a total farce. Mayor Ward should be ashamed of himself.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for looking out for the taxpayers Cockayne!
Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Ken is 100% correct on this. All he was asking for with this committee was for the transfer of funds to be looked at by a fair and balanced committee, but Ward stacked the deck. I was at that meeting last night and Ward was a part of the committee at first, or at least it appeared that way. Is he on it any longer? If he isn't then he is a coward! He gets to step back and let this thing play out how he orchestrated it then he can say - Oh well, that's what the committee recommended. This is complete BS! Thanks for nothing Mayor coWard!

Anonymous said...

Ken the Crusader! I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority of the negative comments about Cockayne on this site are from the Unions. They hate this guy b/c he fights for everything. Just keep things fair and he would have no leg to stand on, but when things like this happen time and time again he will keep screaming and fighting. Thank you Ken for standing up for the taxpayers!

Anonymous said...

give credit to TJ for having the common sense ignore cockayne - just like every other taxpayer does.

Anonymous said...

Mad Dog sounds about right....emphasis on the "Mad."

Anonymous said...

kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny - burp - atta boy kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny, kenny - lulla bye and good night - kenny, kenny, kenny boy.

Anonymous said...

this mad dog crap is the reason that I wouldn't buy anything from you cockayne.

Anonymous said...

heard that cockayne's halloween costume was going to be a pamper wrapped around his mouth but he gave up on that idea when he learned that everyone would recognize him.

Anonymous said...

And who appointed Cockayne to be the Saviour of the people?
Is he the only one that knows what is right?
He is listening to a few of the wrong people, and losing any effectiveness he might have had.

Anonymous said...

All you union hacks are mad because you can't tell Cockayne what to do like you do McCalley and Nicastro!

Anonymous said...

Tsk, tsk, tsk....typical Kenny "look at me" Cockayne going off half cocked and clueless (as usual). Does he really have to alert the media every time he's unhappy?

Anonymous said...

Cockayne you better watch out or you won't get the Unions Endorsment next year!!

Haha....I crack my self up! Like Cockayne would want it!

cockayne addict said...

Go Cockayne Go Cockayne Go Cockayne GO!!

You're doing the best job of any Councilman ever*!

(*except for approving that stupid Matthews St. school site)

Anonymous said...

Go Ken go! Stop the pension! Then we wont have to deal with this mess we are in!

Anonymous said...

Ken may shoot from the hip and be a little brash, but he is right on with this issue. This is one area that he has done his research on. The fact that Ward is trying to sabotage it is obvious. More pandering to the unions - who could have seen that coming?

Anonymous said...

The unions are ripped! This is great. Finally someone with a backbone to stand up for the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Mayor coWard! I love the new monaker.

Way to call it like you see it.

Mayor coWard the great avoider!

Thanks for nothing Art.

Anonymous said...

Kenny is my hero!

Anonymous said...

Cocaine is always willing to fight for what is right. He'll get my vote everytime.

Anonymous said...

How could Ward think this is okay? He completely loaded the committee. What a joke!

Anonymous said...

Cockayne is nothing but a typical republican that attacks anyone whho doesn't agree with him. Who's pocket is he in ? T.J's ?

Anonymous said...

it's really too bad that cockayne doesn't realize that this action will not eliminate pensions nor does he have the decency to allow TJ Barnes the opportunity to direct the meetings of this committee or realize that this board only reccomends an action to the finance board and the city council for a final decision.
kenny, you have about as much right to sit on the city council as charles manson has to run a day care center. fool.

Anonymous said...

really wish that you would stop putting all of this self-adoring comments on here ken. people have to know that even if they agree with you on an issue - you are still a real jerk.

Anonymous said...

4:32 - if kenny is your hero, go out and get a blow-up doll, it'll probably require less hot air.

Anonymous said...

kenny, does mommy care where you are tonight? probably not, we don't either.

Anonymous said...

hey mad dog - bite this.

Anonymous said...

Gee - 4:30, 4:31, 4:32, 4:32, 4:33, 4:34 - Let me think....hmmm who could this mystery man be???

....What a dork!

Anonymous said...

Whether Ken is a jerk or not, 17 out of the 19 get paychecks from the city.

The only two who don't are Hines & Mize.

Way to stack the deck Art CoWard.

Anonymous said...

Who wants to eliminate pensions?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this will get him the front page tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

MAD DOG THANK GOD YOU WORK FOR US THE TAX PAYER. THESE PEOPLE THINK WERE STUPID NEXT ELECTION GONE WITH THE UNION.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure T.J Barnes doesn't get a paycheck from the city either.
So 3 of the 19 are not getting paid or have any benefit beside the potential tax savings as taxpayers. Lets explore this option before we just say no. We are one of very few communities that even have this as an option!!

Anonymous said...

The unions can be the heros here for a change and encourage this instead of standing in the way. The transfer of these funds does nothing to hurt them at all.

Anonymous said...

hey cockayne, you puke, hope that you can sleep at night because a sleeze like you deserves bad dreams which hopefully come true.
You are about as low-life a political slob as I have ever seen in all of my 25 years in bristol.
I am ashamed to say that you were ever elected in this town; wish that I had the chance to vote your dead ass out next year.
you, nothing less than a mama's little twerp, who has never left her side for fear of getting your butt kicked, deservedly so, have the nerve to call someone else a coward?
wish that you did fall out of your chair, sure as hell wouldn't have hurt the stumbling block you have on your weak ass shoulders. At least we would have recognized your lower than dirt position on the floor.
call ward a coward but at least he has a history to refute your stupid, callous remarks - your wimpy ass history consists of failure,bullying with that fat mouth and ugly gut of yours, incompetence, blaming others for your failures and the ability to use slander and talk behind peoples backs. your level of trust is less than a piece of lint.
don't be surprised to see pickets in front of your business office because I want any potential customers of yours to know what a sleeze bag that you are.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't Cockayne be man enough to call the mayor a coward to his face first instead of releasing it to the press?

It makes one question his character and who is truly the coward of the two?

Anonymous said...

cockayne may be a character - wimpish, irresponsible, jerk - but he has absolutely no character which will serve as an example to his son or anyone else.
he didn't have the balls to call ward a coeward to his face because cockayne probably knew that ward would respond by kicking his ass before he could finish his sentence.
cockayne is a disrespectful piece of crap and i hope that the whole world gets to see it.

Anonymous said...

mommy and daddy must be real proud of kenny boy tonight - maybe they can divorce kenny and move on with their life or, at least, make kenny take back his maiden name.

Anonymous said...

hi there, my name is ken cockayne and I am mommy's little idiot who has aged, because he sure hasn't grown, into a real big mommy's idiot.

Anonymous said...

Cockayne and Klocko: they deserve each other.

Anonymous said...

All of you people who attacked Cockayne should be ashamed. I am not saying he is right, but that all of you are not right either. How can the majority of people be so mean and say mean things about his family shame on you. Put yourself in his spot. There should be no reason to be so nasty weather you like him or not. The other side of the coin is that
ward is no saint either. Every person on that list are all his yes men except mize. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU

Anonymous said...

Go Cockayne Go!

Don't let them slow you down. They just aren't used to people telling it like it is.

Anonymous said...

Meize is one of his biggest YES men.

Anonymous said...

The pension must go! Stop with the pension! The tax payers do not want the pension! The tax payers could care less if city workers get a pension, because 80% of the people paying taxes DO NOT GET A PENSION! So lets get off the idea of having to fund this short fall with tax payer money and lets think of how we can stop the pension for new hires and employees that are not vested yet? I want to see the math of the cost savings for the tax payer if we where to stop the pension today! Steve can you work this into a story of some sort? The tax payers deserve all view points.

Anonymous said...

12:29 Why don't you donate YOUR pension or don't you have one and your just jealous ?

Anonymous said...

good morning, a new day, a new perspective.
has mr. cockayne considered the legal expense to the city if all avenues/entities are not considered in this GASB-45 program and the city is sued?
taxpayers might well be incurring resounding costs far greater than any expenses realized by including all concerned bodies in the process.

Anonymous said...

It's morning so someone please take "mad dog" outside so that he can do his morning duty - bring a big "doody bag" because he is known to be full of crap.
Might be advisable to use a heavy "choke" collar.
Remember to muzzle him up on the way back in, for his own protection, so that he doesn't bite himself in the ass.

Anonymous said...

It's morning so will someone please remember to leash up "mad dog" and take him outside to do his duty? Please take a huge "duty bag" because he is known to be full of crap.
It is advisable to also use a HEAVY CHOKE collar to restrain Mad Dog.
Additionally, remember to re-muzzle him so that he doesn't bite himself in the ass.

Anonymous said...

"Go Cockayne Go! Don't let them slow you down. They just aren't used to people telling it like it is."

More like we're not used to community leaders acting like petulant children. Cockayne showed very poor judgment and a total lack of a spinal cord by going into his childish "mad dog" tirade instead of going directly to the Mayor and voicing his concerns. He's obviously driven by the desire to see his name on the front page....."Mad dog" is an embarrassment to the City of Bristol. He owes Mr. Ward and the entire City an apology....hopefully followed by his immediate resignation.

Anonymous said...

tell you something right now, regardless of your stance on this issue, at least ken wasn't so stupid to call ward a coward to his face because ward would have mopped him up like a dry sponge in a river.
On second thought, maybe it wasn't because ken wasn't stupid, probably had no balls.

Anonymous said...

mad dog is an ass and is making the bristol republican party look like a bunch pikers - you be proud of him but I think that he will be putting us back in time instead of ahead.

Anonymous said...

ken
you finally awoken the sleeping giants of Bristol. Give it to them and never stop being the great "watch Dog" for this city.
Happy Holidays to you and your family. Mr and Mrs Cockayne you both should commented for the good work you have done with your son. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Ken must of bumped his head pretty hard when he fell off his chair....maybe that would explain his assinine behavior.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that bumping his head stuff - that is just an excuse that ken uses to explain his stupid actions.

Anonymous said...

C'mon now, Kenny C. is one of the Bristol GOP best and brightest, along with Kenny J.

They are the future!

Anonymous said...

Both of them together would still come up 51 cards short of a deck.

Anonymous said...

I would take Ken over Art hands down, anytime anywhere.

Let's set up a steel cage match! coWard can talk all he wants, Cockayne would would whoop him!

Anonymous said...

"They are the future!"

Then the future is looking might bleak.... A temper tantrum throwing overgrown child and a spineless rabid dog can hardly be considered ANYONE'S finest.

Anonymous said...

"Let's set up a steel cage match"

....Well at least then, Ken would be forced to actually face the mayor like a real man instead of the little chicken that he's proved himself to be.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the proposal about cockayne and ward meeting face to face was used only as an expression, not to have anyone think that a child of ken's age would think about coming to
fist-a-cuffs with someone over 60 years of age.
Although with the mindless actions and disrespect displayed by cockayne over the past year, anything is possible.

Anonymous said...

11:30am - am glad that you recognized cockayne for what he is, action wise anyhow, a kid.
Actually kids are probably taught how to handle delicate situation, especially those of their own making,with a bit more respect and temperment.
Classless cockayne sounds about right.

Anonymous said...

8:59

You can thank Schafrick and Mocabee.

Anonymous said...

And it will get worse before it gets better.

The GOP is self destructing.

Anonymous said...

gotta figure that cockayne and minor will probably be out of town for a few days after Tuesday, licking their wounds.

Anonymous said...

4:46

I agree, but you will have to admit that Art is doing a good job of self destruction also.

Anonymous said...

when you have a city council beholden to a prude who lost a primary and a council afraid to stand on their own two feet - pretty hard to accomplish anything.
this city council is like the bush administration, things can only get better when they get tossed.