Looks like Mayor James Sottile gets the Grinch Award for Christmas 2008. A man who worked for the City of Kingston in the Recreation Department was among those to be cut in the Mayors careless budget proposal. The Common Council, while reviewing the Mayors work did some basic math and realized that there were ways to trim the budget and save some of the peoples jobs.
The Common Council rejected the Mayors proposal and later, unnanimously voted to override the Mayors VETO of their changes, once again saving those jobs.
With the Councils budget, this particular Recreation department job wasn't totally salvaged but it was brought back to a part-time position. The man that was involved was grateful even though it would still a dramatic change for him and his family.
Much to his suprise, he received word that the Mayor was laying him off totally. The Mayor would not fund the position no matter what the Council voted for.
The saddest part about this is - The man finds out about this out during the week of Christmas. How nice of the Mayor!
So listen to the words in the video about the Grinch and think about how those words so fittingly apply to the Mayor of the City of Kingston.