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Back in June,
It was interesting to see C.Lorrey pop his head up, like he did. In less than one news cycle he picked the LPD’s OT budget’s pocket (I support that cut, btw) and came up with the scoop on the parking whistleblower. This makes me nervous, but I’m the nervous type. Ever the affable guy, Lorrey may not be able to shuck and grin his way through such political mayhem. The long knives are being palmed, hidden from view. This is not a good time to be “Johnny on the spot.” Anyone who has ever seen Goodfellas knows, it is your friends that come for you. They come with smiles.
With just a few months under his belt, the freshman Councilor boldly stepped up, implementing campaign promises and pushing through some of the rhetorical fodder glomming up the dialogue in the Council Chamber. Lorrey pressed hard on several issues, including the facilities at the High School, the squabble over the soccer field sewer pipe and, more recently, the use of “other” city authorities to squelch the unruliness downtown.
For this, the Blog of Record has thrown a fastball, high and inside.
CITY COUNCILOR Marty Lorrey’s comments at meetings are often unpredictable, but Tuesday night he raised other councilors’ eyebrows with his statements on two major issues percolating in the city: the parking-kiosk theft and the city’s approach to violence in the downtown.
While most councilors have spent time criticizing Central Parking System over the theft of $37,000 in parking revenue and saying the management company’s contract should not be renewed, Lorrey said Tuesday one of his concerns is trying to help Central Parking employees keep their jobs if another company secures the contract.
Lorrey said the city should look into putting a provision in a contract with a new vendor that employees currently working in the city for Central Parking be hired.
“Many of these people live in the city, and I would like to see them have a shot at the jobs and to maintain their current employment,” Lorrey said.
Essentially, Lorrey was lobbying for a new private company to hire private employees if Central Parking’s contract is not renewed. Last we checked, that is out of a councilor’s jurisdiction.
Um … Lorrey is looking out for the little guy, here. Oh, my!
In government contracting, especially at the federal level, it is very common for contracts delivered locally to be run by a company from far away. The current parking contractor is not from Lowell or even Massachusetts. What Lorrey knows is that, should the contract change hands, it is normal for the new company to retain most, if not all of the workers. Most changes would occur at the management level. Except, now, this contract is under a cloud. Thus, good workers, who have done NOTHING wrong, may lose their bread and butter because a few loudmouths want to instigate a witch hunt.
Marty Lorrey is trying to protect real people from the collateral damage caused by dizzied nitwits proposing kneejerk solutions to an imagined boogeyman.
And for that, The Sun throws chin music.
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