November 5, 2008

Fussin' and feudin' at City Hall

A week after City Councilor Ken Cockayne denounced Mayor Art Ward as a coward who stacked a key committee to favor unions, the mayor tossed Cockayne off the panel.

In a memo to Cockayne Wednesday, Ward told the freshman Republican that because of his “demonstrated biased opinions, lack of sensitivity,” and an “absence of objectivity,” it would be impossible” to let Cockayne remain on a committee investigating the possible use of surplus city pension funds for other purposes.

Ward said later the move was “absolutely not retaliation,” merely a necessary step for the GASB 45 Committee to carry out its assignment.

“I’m not surprised by the mayor’s response,” Cockayne said. “I’ll leave it up to the taxpayers to decide if this was a retaliatory move.”

Cockayne said, though, that “taking me off this board will not silence me in protecting and fighting for the taxpayers of the city.”

Last week, Cockayne complained that putting nine union representatives on a panel of 19 established to investigate the use of excess pension cash was an “absolutely ludicrous” move by Ward and proof the mayor didn’t want “a fair and balanced committee.”

He also called Ward “cowardly” for not serving on the panel himself, a decision the mayor said was spurred by his wife’s job with the Board of Education that could call into question his objectivity on the issue.

Last week, Ward called Cockayne’s charges “totally disgusting,” in part because the councilor called the press to complain about the panel’s makeup rather than first lodging a protest directly with Ward.

Cockayne said that “perhaps I was a little too aggressive” in going after the mayor, “but we’re talking about saving taxpayers $72 million” and that’s too important to remain silent about.

“I still believe the mayor stacked this committee because he was against what I was trying to do, which is to save the taxpayers money,” Cockayne said.

Ward said that Cockayne has “demonstrated his individualism” on many occasions during the past year, but this time his “negative and derogatory comments” have made his presence on the committee a hindrance to its work.

The mayor said that if he wanted to take revenge on Cockayne, he’s had plenty of chances for a long time.

“Based on past history, I think that if I were going to do reprisals, I’ve had 12 months to deal with Mr. Cockayne where opportunities have presented itself. If that were the case, he wouldn’t be on anything,” Ward said, and might just be going to City Council meetings and nothing more.

In his memo to Cockayne, Ward wrote, “Your tendency to provoke animosity through inflammatory opinions does not serve the best interest of the mission of the board, which is to arrive at a reasonable consensus with regard to GASB 45.”

Cockayne said he knows more about the pension fund use than anyone on the council, having met with the city’s pension lawyer, actuaries, comptroller and personnel director long ago. Ward skipped the session, the councilor said.

I have done more homework than the mayor has or any other councilman,” Cockayne said.

Ward tapped veteran Republican city Councilor Mike Rimcoski to take Cockayne’s place on the panel.

“Mike is very opinionated himself,” Ward said. “He has no problem stating his opinion, but he states it without negative and derogatory comments.”

Ward said the GASB 45 panel, named for an accounting rule, has to deal with “a very delicate and sensitive issue” and needs to be able to work together to weed through a complex tangle of laws and policy.

He said he set up the committee now “to try to attempt to have some resolution by time of the adoption of the budget” next spring. “That’s how complicated I view it to be,” the mayor said.

Ward said he asked T.J. Barnes, the city’s Republican Party chairman, to serve as the panel’s chairman because he has “the most financial wisdom of anybody on the board.”

“There are issues where you need to be able to reach across the aisle to work in the best interests of the community,” Ward said, and this is one of them.

Cockayne said that if the mayor was trying to reach a conclusion that would benefit taxpayers, he would have created “a fair and balanced committee” that included fewer unions and more “regular taxpaying citizens” who would have “no bias either way” on the outcome.

He said a fair review of the facts would lead the city to use the excess pension cash to fill new trust funds to pay for post-employment benefits, especially health care, that would otherwise need to be funded directly by higher taxes.

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Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.
Contact Steve Collins at scollins@bristolpress.com

77 comments:

Anonymous said...

Again, Cockayne is showing how he thinks he is above everyone else by making that comment" I know more about the pension fund than anyone else of the Council". To say that he, Cockayne, has done more homework than the Mayor or any other Councilman is also asinine and ludicrous. Just because you met with the city's pension lawyer and actuaries doesn't make you an immediate authority on pension matters. You were shown just how inexperienced and unacknowledged you were on the pension fund subject by Tom Bentivengo, at the candidate screening early this year at Nuchies.

Keep making these statements by shooting from the hip instead of thinking of your word first will drop you further into the hole you're making for yourself.

You are not working to protect and fight for the taxpayers as you claim, you are being an obstructionist to benefit your future political ambitions. Keep following this same path and you will learn very quickly that the taxpayers of Bristol, at least the ones that actually get out and vote, will grow tired of your antics and your anticipated political career in Bristol will come to an abrupt end.

It's okay to question somebody face to face when you have questions that you need answers, but it's not okay to go running to Collins behind somebody's back in an effort to make them look bad because it only looks bad on you as a person.

Hope you know how to take constructive criticism?

cockayne addict said...

TJ:

It's time you and Cockayne got together an coordinated your efforts. And unfortunately you can't (as Town Chairman) be swayed by Ward's glad-handing. Just tell him that daddy is going to uproot Associated Spring if he's mean to you. C'mon let's get going here. Cockayne is your only elected official (that can still get an erection). Let's get going here!!

Anonymous said...

November 5, 2008 7:26 PM:
aka Nelson:

No one takes you seriously. We know you're just Ward's hack.

Anonymous said...

TJ do what?

TJ do anything?

Don't bet on it.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Cockayne's statements suggests to me that he is being used by someone to sway public opinion. He either doesn't understand the information given to him or he is being deliberately misinformed. Moreover, some of his statements may actually put a resolution in jeopardy.

Anonymous said...

Give me a break!

Wards is using his power to AGAIN suck up to the UNIONS..his interest lies only with his re-election and NOTHING else. WARD's DISPLACED allegiance to PETOSA and the unions is obvious.

He will not chair the commettee that could decide in favor of the taxpayors (not likely gien WARD HAS PUT ALL UNION HACKS ON THE COMMITTEE).. he claims that Cockayne being on the committee will "not allow the committee to carry out it's assignment,...which is...make sure the unions get what they want, in return for Artie getting their votes ( This is Arties way of screwing Frank Nicastro so he will not challenge Artie for mayor)! Geeze... will Frank ever get enough of himself?

Artie claims that Kenny does not have the best interests of the city in mind by calling Art a COWARD for not haveing the balls to serve on the committee and take an active leadershiop role... The real question here is who's interesd are we talking about...the UNION vs THE TAX PAYERS? Last time I checked city government was supposed to represent US...THE TAX PAYERS????!!!

Art WArd and his DEMOCRAT CROOKS have shown by the way they stacked this committee to be on the PAY ROLL OF THE UNIONS.

Go Kenny...keep fighting for us...Run for MAYOR to brake the CORUPT POLICIES OF COMRADE ART WARD!

Anonymous said...

I don't think Cockayne realizes how much damage he is doing to himself politically. I think he truly believes he's doing good things but he's alienating voters with his fly off the handle attitude.

He needs to calm down and learn how to be professional, not political.

Anonymous said...

ken cares about the taxpayers, i can not say that for the rest of the city council.

Anonymous said...

with cockayne's past history of suing the police department, as a policeman, not sure that I would like the idea of cockayne deciding my future in any way.

Anonymous said...

8:25 and 8:39, you're both wrong, this was not Elliot as you wrongly assumed!! Just because somebody else has an opinion and verbalizes it doesn't mean they can't think for themselves, that they are the voices for another person.

That's the problem with all you union haters out there, you don't give anybody else credit for the fact that there might be other union voices out there besides Petosa and Ward.

Look at the election results. Are there that many union households in Bristol? I don't think so.

Just because there are intelligent people out here in Bristol that don't agree with your ideas or ideals or wishes, you automatically assume that all of them are associated with labor unions.

Get real, Get involved, Get active.

Anonymous said...

9:38

Can you say Glen Kloko???

Anonymous said...

I agree with 1101 and 546. Ken is all about the taxpayers...thank goodness we have someone on the City Council that understands that taxes are out of control in this city. I just hope Mr. Cockayne will be able to get re-elected to keep up that fight. We need you Mr. Cockayne and I hope you will continue to represent the tax payer. Do what needs to be done to stay there.

Anonymous said...

kenny, you seem to be very anti-union so here are a few realities that you need to consider:

1.)I know that it will be hard for you to bekieve but I am a REPUBLICAN union worker who prides himself on doing the best job that I can everyday and I don't believe that I am the exception.

2.) how about you telling the public how much of an increase
that you taked onto your customer's premiums this year

3.) how about explaining to the taxpayers the fact that you don't feel that the public school system in bristol is good enough so you are sending your son to parpchial school - even with my union wages, I can't afford to do that.

4.) explain how you can feel that you are the only elected official who worries about the taxpayer when you supported the COO proposal which would have cost us $250,000 - $300,000

As you can see, it is becoming increasingly clear that your agenda is about YOU, NOT THE TAXPAYER.

Anonymous said...

"...thank goodness we have someone on the City Council that understands that taxes are out of control in this city."

Hate to burst your bubble sweetie, but Kenny just proved he doesn't have a clue about our taxes by pushing the whole COO debacle. Had it passed, it would have cost the tax payers a small fortune....oh, and as far as his concern for the lowly tax payers....don't flatter yourself. Ken answers to a higher authority.

Anonymous said...

7:08 is misinformed about the COO costing that much, and has failed to recognize...or needs to recognize that the potential for saving tax dollars is far greater then the cost, even at the most fractional estimates of the total budget.

You are right about some unionites. But not many however. You need leadership that is not greedy like Petosa is. You need leadership that respsects the other side (tax payers) instead of taking more all the time.

You are very wrong about Mr. Cockayne's agenda. It is about the tax payers and the quality of life in this city.

At the rate the unions are rapeing this city, there will not be a city as the middle class will get squeezed with higher taxes and the uper classes will move away...as is already the case. The void this creates is filled by section 8 transients.

Enough is enough, but Petosa keeps getting deeper and deeper into Wards pockets. Somebody has to say STOP...thank you COUNCILMAN COCKAYNE for having the courage to take the tough road!

Anonymous said...

8:19, The problem was that we were all misinformed about the COO, but fortunately the COO proponents were misinformed about the intelligence of the city tax payers.

....As far as Ken taking the "tough road"....you're misinformed. Ken took the slimy snake in the grass as low as you can go road....what a shame!

god bless Ken Cockayne said...

Greedy unions have been destroying our economic base for decades. Thank goodness Ken Cockayne has the guts to stand up against them and their lackey politician-pawns.

Anonymous said...

To 7:08...maybe Ken sends his son to a parocial school for a religious reason. Is there anything wrong with that? Just because someone sends their child to a parocial school does not mean they dont support the public school system, its because they want their child to learn their religion. I do not send my child to a public school for this particualr reason. I want my child to learn her religion which cant be done in a public school. So think before you shoot your mouth off.

Anonymous said...

Again, Ken Cockayne is confused!!

Where are his math skills? Since when does appointing nine union members on a panel of nineteen, which is chaired by the Republican Town Chairman, considered "stacking the deck"? What would be more appropiate to Kenny Cockayne, have only one representative from the union and eighteen representatives from the Chamber, CBIA, Businessman? Would that be "representative" enough for you Kenny? What a classless piece of work you are, Ken Cockayne!

This is the pension fund for the city workers, don't you think they deserve to have a say in the fact that you want to "rape" their fund because it was invested wisely over the years by people that were appointde by the former Mayors. Oh yea, these would be the same people that you and Johnson say "have no formal experience or degrees in running a business such as the City of Bristol". Looks like they did a better job of controlling the pension fund, than you can controlling your mouth.

There's something to be said for someone who is speaking for the taxpayers when that person knows what he/she is speaking about, and actually thinks about what they are going to say before they say it, knowledgeable.

There is something to be said about Ken Cockayne, who claims that he is speaking on behalf of the taxpayers, but doesn't know what he's talking about, "shoots from the hip" without thinking about what he's going to say and what effect it will have, demeaning the Mayor in a public forum, running behind everybody's back to Steve Collins instead of talking to the Mayor and Council first, trying to work things out together instead of being an obstructionist, and that word would be IDIOT!!

At least Yarde admits that he was "bloodied" and probably knows what to do next time to avoid getting "bloodied" again, but you, Ken, appear to be to dumb to realize that you're getting "bloodied" and you continue to blunder about without trying to get together and work things out like a professional, which, by the way, is the type of person you claim should be running the city, a professional. Why don't you start practicing what you preach?

Anonymous said...

9:29 - Guess you missed the memo....the city tax payers didn't buy the big, bad, evil boogie union story. Ding-dong, the COO is gone!!!

Anonymous said...

Those of you who think the COO would have cost the taxpayers a "small fortune" are ignorant to what the UNIONS have done to this city. If the smae fortune you speak of is $250,000 (which is way overstated) then what do you call post retirement health benefits for the unionites that COST BRSITOL TAX PAYERS $1.8 MILLION LAST YEAR ALone???? Do the math. If the COO saved 10% of that cost alone, the taxpayers saved $180,000in one year...$360,000 in two years and so on, assuming costs stayed level (fat chance) Come on 708 use your brain.

Reality hurts said...

He needs to calm down and learn how to be professional, not political.

November 5, 2008 11:01 PM
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Sounds more like you want him to become a politician and lie to the public whenever his mouth opens .

Personally , I prefer his honest opinions .

Anonymous said...

"The real question here is who's interesd are we talking about...the UNION vs THE TAX PAYERS? Last time I checked city government was supposed to represent US...THE TAX PAYERS????!!!"

Good question. Answer is, he appears to be wearing two hats. As mayor he has the best interest of the taxpayers, but by charter he is head of all the pension trusts.
As a fiduciary of the trusts he is sworn to protect those funds for the pensioners. Mr. Klocko would appear to have a similar conflict since by charter he is on the General City retirement board.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what Cockayne is fussing about. The committee seems very balanced. There are finance board members, the treasurer, council members, and union members (The money is their responsibility after all).

So why does he seem to think that he is the only person looking out for the taxpayers? Seems like he's being a narcissist.

Anonymous said...

I agree 9:54, I send my daughter to a parocial school for these same reasons. I too want my child to learn about religion, and I am sure that is why others send their children there too. Nothing against the publis school system, but I just perfer my child to learn things in a parocial school that public schools just don't teach. There is nothing wrong with Ken Cockayne sending his son to a parocial school.

Anonymous said...

6:04 -Police officer- I don't think Cockayne's past has anything to do with the future of our city and what happens to your future. I know and know others who know police officer's in this town who break the law all the time and we as taxpayers still have to depend on the local law enforement even though the police officer's are always role models. SOME of you are crooked, and I am sure many people in this town will agree.

Anonymous said...

"There are finance board members, the TREASURER, council members, and union members..."

Another interesting point, because by charter, the city treasurer is treasurer of ALL the pension funds. She is sworn to protect these trusts in the interest of the pensioners.

Anonymous said...

Can't TJ control Cockayne?

Or at least teach him some manners?

Anonymous said...

11:02

Actually, the $250,000 is understated when all is taken into consideration.

However, by law, the mayor negotiates the contracts, so how could the COO achieve that saving, OR ANY OTHER SAVING that the mayor couldn't?

Any savings would compound, just any expense would.

Anonymous said...

With Mr. Barnes as Chairman, lets see how much of Cockaynes agenda he can promote. After all, he must be for the taxpayers too.

Maybe he will lose on a vote, but lets see if he is willing to speak out and let the public know the whole story .

Maybe Cockayne can coach him from the sidelines.

Anonymous said...

Can't Ward do the job that he is paid to do?

Or at least act like he can??

He isn't a leader, he is a follower.

Anonymous said...

"Personally , I prefer his honest opinions ."

Problem is, Mr. Cockayne's opinions are based on either misunderstanding or misinformation.

Anonymous said...

Cockaynes real problem is he doesn't know how to raise money without using other peoples . He can't seem to use his own . Oh well what do you expect from a con artist?

Don Quixote said...

I thought that the Tresurer was a "He"

Anonymous said...

3:25- That comment doesn't even make sense what you said....Anyways, if Cockayne did his homework and looked into pension funds and met with people about it, how does he think he is better then anyone else?? He isn't looking into it for himself, its to get the truth and to relay it to the public, and I think he did just that. I like Cockayne.I think he's doing a great job. He is vocal and is telling the public what is going on. I haven't seen anyone else do that. I was for the COO and I disappointed it lost, but I am grateful we had a chance to vote on it. Thanks Ken.

Anonymous said...

November 6, 2008 10:39 AM:

You're the "ding dong" This conversation is about the pension board not the COO.

I voted against the COO but I know the unions are hurting the economy because they are unreasonable. They get whatever they want in regards to tax payer funded wages, pensions and bennies because they have a Democrats in their pockets.

Connecticut is a rust belt state and the anti-union Right to Work states are in the "sun belt" Can't you see past your nose?

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for the court of public opinion to turn completely on the idiots on here against Cockayne. He has done nothing but be honest about everything he sees and people don't like it. To even suggest that Ward didn't stack the deck is a joke. What he did was criminal. This issue will die like the rest of the good ideas brought forth and neither the union or the city will benefit from it. Ward is a joke! He got called out for basically cheating then trying to sneak out the back door by not staying on the committee. He is a COWARD! He is afraid to stand up for what is right for once and is only worried about re-election!

And to the idiot who doesn't understand what "stacking the deck" means - you are a dumb ass!

Anonymous said...

Ken, Take their advice and start "playing the game". You know, you shouldn't speak your mind, but instead go to Ward first and ask him if it is okay, that way he can go to Nelson and Petosa and Bentivengo and ask them if it is okay. If it isn't he'll yell at you like your a little kid and try to intimidate you - How dare you challenge Comandant Ward?

Anonymous said...

my goodness, has to be all of 20 people submitting all of this personal, political crap, supporting cockayne.
guess that he has a large family because most of the people who I have talked to in the last week wish that he would just fade away.
face it, cockayne is a political opportunist who can't rationalize his birthdate, let alone politics.

Anonymous said...

"I thought that the Tresurer was a "He""

Sorry,he. And that is "t-r-e-a-s-u-r-e-r"

Anonymous said...

Make it 21. I support Ken too.

Anonymous said...

"I can't wait for the court of public opinion to turn completely on the idiots on here against Cockayne."

That is what Cockayne's handlers are using him for, poor guy.
The only courts that will ultimately apply are federal and state courts if something illegal is attempted. There has been lot of commentary about Mr. Cockayne being right and always telling the truth. He was dead wrong on the way this money could be used for retiree health care. He thought from the start that funds could be unilaterally moved out of the trust funds and into a totally separate fund. That is dead wrong, and we are finding that out now. I'm not saying he was lying about it, but he obviously had the wrong information. He said he talked to pension lawyers, the comptroller, personnel director etc. I wonder what they told him.

Anonymous said...

7:05 That comment doesn't make sense to you becuase you must be a con artist just like him. He is so contraversial that he is ineffective. He can't deal with anyone except you bobble heads.And he can't earn money without screwing other people. What don't you understand about that? Or is it that you think everyone is stupid and you're not ?

Anonymous said...

so 7:42 are you saying we should be a redneck state? Or better yet go back to slavery ? Move south if it's so great. You can have it !

Anonymous said...

8:39 Do you think anyone except you chosen few on here believe you ? What a laugh!!!! You are just another kiss *** to T.J. YOU are a real hack !

Anonymous said...

"I can't wait for the court of public opinion to turn completely on the idiots on here against Cockayne"

....don't hold your breath!

dump tommie toupe in 2010 said...

November 6, 2008 8:55 PM

He's better than Colapietro who can't "rationalize" his own bathroom trips.

Anonymous said...

as long as the gop can only get paper candidates like geladino, colapietro is safe.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Geladino one of Cockaynes/Johnsons boys??

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Anonymous said...

What a shame our elected officials act the way they have been. Where are their values. Shame on Artie you better not think of next election you are not worth the wages you are being paid. Continue to suck up to all your croneys. Cockane is another Carlos Fienza (remember him)

You both should grow up and show a better example to all the young people. Yet you call yourselves GOOD christians.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 4:32, but I think Artie should be nominated for sainthood for putting up with all the lies, slander and insults that have been hurled in his direction. He's shown a lot more class that some of his critics.

Anonymous said...

4:32 - I guess if you don't have anything to brag about it is easier to hurl jabs at others - you must get dizzy bending down to tie your loafers....

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Anonymous said...

4:32 Our elected officials are no where near as bad as you anonymous weirdos are.You all should talk. Thank god you can't get elected.

Anonymous said...

5:21

What goes around, comes around.

Where have you been the past couple of years?

Anonymous said...

11:13

And if all the GOP can get is Cockayne, then Ward is safe too.

Anonymous said...

Ward " My way or the highway!".

Anonymous said...

The unions are "raping " the taxpayers? Talk about being misinformed....Ask the Personnel Director how often the "big, bad unions" have brought proposals to the table that actually save the City money and they are ridiculed and neglected!
Ask why that same office can't handle simple grievances with its multitude of lawyers, but would rather waste taxpayers money at State level hearings with the same result that could have been done at the lowest level!
The union members of this city that I know are more than willing to work together with management. They live here too! Do people think that they pay no taxes?
It seems that whenever things aren't going well, it's pretty easy to blame union workers. If it wasn't for the unions and their protection of contracts, the "leaders" of this city would have run it into the ground (see Waterbury; New Britain; Bridgeport). The city should have been putting money away years ago for obligations that they agreed to....Mismanagement is not an excuse for demonizing the working class!
As a taxpayer, do you want oversight for funds such as GASB, or let the bufoons do what they think is best?

Anonymous said...

The unions built this town. Show some respect!

Bristol would be nothing without the working class man.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we have Cockayne on our side to tell us what is really going on in town on with the Unions. Telling the public about what is going on is a benefit to us. I don't understand why people aren't happy to hear the truth. I know I am. Thanks Ken.

Anonymous said...

8:30 pm

How did the Unions build this town?? I am a taxpayer and am upset that city workers pay almost nothing for their health insurance. When I heard this I couldn't believe it. In this economy, they should be contributing more. Cockayne has told us the truth, and I for one am happy to hear what has been going on with the unions.

Anonymous said...

The elitists are still at it again. Trying to own Bristol still. I guess they'll never learn. Just too stupid I guess.

Anonymous said...

Cockayne wouldn't know the truth if it ran up and bit him on the buttocks. His "version" of the truth is misconstrued and self-serving...and his ridiculous "mad dog" attacks are an embarrassment to the entire city.

Anonymous said...

kenny baby has tried to get the taxpayers to think that he is their tax-payer savior - he really blew it when the real "face" was shown as he tried to stuff the taxpayers with another #300.000 bill.
Have you come up with any viable savings yet big dog or is your tail still stuck in the limp mode between your legs?
Remember this next November at election time people.

Anonymous said...

Any report on jusr what benefits Mayor Ward was able negotiate a better deal for the local taxpayer?

What was the final take on the contracts?

Anonymous said...

I voted for Cockayne and am happy with what he has done so far. He has tried to clean up the West End, he had a clean up day this past spring at the West End and he even posted a reward of his own money when vandel's spray painted Rockwell Park. He has gone above and beyond I feel and I can't say that for anyone else. Why are people angry because he is trying to save the taxpayers some money?? I don't get it???

Anonymous said...

"Why are people angry because he is trying to save the taxpayers some money?? I don't get it???"

My, my, we really are confused, aren't we? Let me explain....People are angry because Ken tried to pull the wool over their eyes. His backing of the COO was a power play, nothing more, nothing less. They're angry about his "mad dog" public attack on our Mayor, calling the Vietnam veteran a "coward"... again, incredibly unprofessional, uncalled for and totally classless. Ken's inability to muster up enough spinal cord to go directly to the Mayor with his concerns (before he slithered off to alert the media) proved who the REAL coward truly is....Get it now???

Anonymous said...

7:44am - coward might be too kind of a word to describe cockayne - lower than whale waste might get it though.

Anonymous said...

Cockayne is fighting for the taxpayers here and has a valid point about the funds in the account. How much has the Unions put into the Fund? Unions only pay like 5% for their healthcare and the city pays the rest

Reality Hurtz said...

Bristol would be nothing without the working class man.

November 8, 2008 8:30 PM
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Just what have the unions to do with the " WORKING " class ?????



Maybe a vestige remains in their memories prior to joining up with the free-loading unions ??

Anonymous said...

The voters/tax payers of Bristol have spoken. We're not buying the union VS taxpayer big bad boogie story. There are REAL problems with the economy that we need to focus on. Join us ... let the "union is evil" mentality go!

Anonymous said...

"Cockayne is fighting for the taxpayers"

Sorry, but I think the tax payers have more class than that. Mr. Cockayne's dirty, sneaky tactics are an embarrassment!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Cockayne....You called Mayor Ward a coward.
Issues aside,he is a decorated vietnam veteran and deserves no less than a public apoligy.

Anonymous said...

Colapietro....Isn;t he the guy who took the City by storm by winning his first campaign and spoke up regardless of political gain,or public perception.
We are waiting to hear from you Tom.We first elected you because of your grassroots,working class, honest approach.We still believe in you.
Where are You Tom?

Anonymous said...

I applaud Ken Cockayne for his stance against Mayor Ward,and that rascal Mike Petosa. Keep talkin'Ken
Hopefully they will soon have
EX COUNCILMAN Cockayne to thank.

PETOSA FOR STATE SENATE!

Anonymous said...

Colapietro for U.S. Senate

Governor Ward?