What Gives With the Norbert Thing?

Ok, I was on blog-break. And no I didn’t watch the Newburyport City Council meeting last Tuesday, so I didn’t get to hear what anyone said about the Norbert Carey reappointment, so I don’t know the “arguments” for why in the world he got the a-ok.

First of all I couldn’t believe that Norbert Carey was on the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) in the first place. Mr. Carey is a developer, is developing a very controversial piece of land–the Russell Terrace project, and has had some not so good looking run-ins concerning land for the Rail Trail Project (whole other post.) All of this would, in my mind, create a conflict of interest. Seems to be a no-brainer to me.

So what happened? This was the Newburyport City Council that shot down the Byron Matthews appointment on the first reading no less. On my fingers I thought there would have been at least 5 possibly 6 votes against Mr. Carey. Progressives, where were you?

Mary Eaton, Newburyport