Tuesday, January 8, 2019



Poughkeepsie council members fire back at McNamara for last week’s insults

POUGHKEEPSIE – Comments during last week’s Poughkeepsie Common Council reorganization, by Matthew McNamara and aimed at Councilman Randall Johnson, who was elected vice-chairman, a position McNamara wanted, drew fire from other council members at Monday night’s meeting. 

McNamara, who did not get a nomination, last week accused Johnson of doing little more than occupying a seat.

Councilman and former chairman Christopher Petsas went first.

 “We can talk about how this council is dysfunctional; we can talk about how it is divisive,” Petsas said.  “But those comments you made last week only light the fire and continue the fire to go on that matter.  So, I just want to say that truly disappointed in your wordage.  Mr. Johnson has served honorably, has been re-elected three in that neighborhood.”

“Disgraceful behavior” is how Councilwoman Loraine Johnson characterized McNamara’s comments.

“You should be thankful to this council because the only dysfunctional act there has been committed was placing you in your seat.”

Johnson said McNamara was handed his seat “on a silver platter,” an apparent reference to his being appointed to replace his late husband, Councilman Tracy Hermann, who died suddenly almost three years ago.

McNamara responded saying, “Actions speak louder than words. I stand on my record of service to the city. For the sake of the city I wish the leadership team much success.”



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