"In recently promoting four Utica police officers who live outside the city, the Roefaro administration chose not to enforce the city charter’s residency requirement.So far, so good...
"Here’s a better idea: Don’t break the law — scrap it."
While I do not necessarily feel that the residency law should be scrapped (there are pros and cons on this), scrapping a law is always better than breaking it.
"This issue has been going on for decades, and Mayor David Roefaro must put an end to it once and for all. . . .How impatient of the OD! . . But the last time I checked, the Mayor does not have the authority to "scrap" any law . . . The Common Council does. . . .
"“The last administration left this in my lap, but I plan to put it to bed once and for all,” he said.
"Good. So do it already."
It's simple civics: the Legislative branch (Council) makes the laws and the Executive Branch (Mayor) carries them out.
The editorial is directed to the wrong person. Is this just ignorance . . . or is the OD looking for an excuse to dump on the Mayor?