I guess there are nice consultants. Consultants who aren’t out to hustle you, Consultants that tell the truth. But cross off the list of trustable people Ann Burke and Attorney Jerome Fialky of the Western Massachusetts Development Council. These two people did a great deal to help the Northampton BID get organized, but killed it by their hardball tactics. And Clare Higgins and her economic development person, Teri Anderson and the city solicitor went along with them. And now we have bodies twisting in the wind. Joan Sarafin and Wendy Mazza, two of the nicest hard-working people at city hall. No one is looking at the role that the people up on the second floor on city hall in 2009 played in this business. Assessor Joan Sarafin told me that there were one and maybe two meetings with the Mayor and Teri Anderson before she signed the certificate. She said that Clare and Teri were all for it, and instructed her that the petition could be approved if there were a signature for each parcel.
And Wendy? On the day she signed off on the BID’s petition that the consultants had prepared, Dan Yacuzzo, Anne Burke, and the BID’s lawyer, Jerome Fialky were in the room with her. Where was the Mayor, where was the city solicitor? Where was someone, anyone who was not an advocate and had knowledge of the law?