There is no question that Mayor Scott W. Lang is visibly upset with the City Council. He has a mandate to lead and charter our city's future.
There is no question that Mayor Scott W. Lang is visibly upset with the City Council. He has a mandate to lead and charter our city's future. His frustration comes from the fact that the council is not on the same page as he is on historic preservation and other crucial issues.
On the other hand, his managerial style is crisp and right to the point. He expects results from everyone, and with the council, he cannot demand they vote his way.
Were he not such a popular mayor, I would suspect that a strong city councilor might challenge him, or a credible challenger would emerge. Not in this election cycle. But if the schism continues, it will happen. I would think Mayor Lang would welcome a strong challenger in this election in order to get another mandate from the voters that his vision for the city is on the right track.
On the streets of New Bedford, the perception that Mayor Lang is "arrogant" is beginning to gain traction, and that needs to be remedied with more dialogue with the City Council. Personal meetings with each councilor should take place to bridge the abyss that exists between most of the councilors and the mayor.
Since these meetings are unlikely to happen, and unless the mayor can openly endorse candidates who oppose the incumbents, we will have a train full of dreams that never left 133 William St.
"Positive change," Mayor Lang's call for action during his campaign, will fall into the realm of "the more things change, the more they remain the same." Let's not lose this unique opportunity for the people of New Bedford to get on the train of hope for jobs, good education, and a safe and clean city.