Alford Talks About Homeless Shelter
(Bristol) Mary Alford, the Republican candidate for Mayor, today weighed in on the situation regarding St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter and the Executive Director’s refusal to meet with the Mayor.
“This situation poses two problems,” Alford said, “First, no one in our community should be sleeping on the streets, especially in an area that we have been trying to revitalize and secondly, the Mayor has every right to know what the policies of the homeless shelter are.”
During this campaign, Alford has been campaigning on the need for a new style of management at City Hall. “You cannot continue to elect the same people and expect different results,” Alford said. While she agrees with the Mayor that he should be made aware of the policies of the homeless shelter and any claims of abuse of those policies, where Alford differs with the Mayor is his approach to the situation. “As Mayor, I would not have my secretary send an email requesting a meeting,” Alford added, “I would either pick up the phone myself to speak with Mr. Lysiak or I would call and tell him I’m on my way to see him.”
Alford also took issue with the comments made by the Executive Director of St. Vincent DePaul. “As recipients of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) money administered by the Bristol Development Authority of which the Mayor is Chairman, Mr. Lysiak should remember that Federal monies administered by the City of Bristol fund his shelter and the Mayor has a duty to ensure that these monies and the programs they pay for are in compliance,” Alford added, “I’m sure Mr. Lysiak would not be pleased if he requested a meeting to obtain additional funding, and the Mayor’s Office refused to meet with him to discuss it.
“Unfortunately in this situation the public has only received one side of the story and I realize that there are always two.” Alford concluded, “The Mayor is well within his purview to be made aware of all the facts in this situation.
Alford is hopeful that all parties will meet and clear the air sooner rather than later.*******
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