Just when I think– hey, maybe I’ve been too hard on Bill Ryan, the self-styled “boss” of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, he goes ahead and proves that I was right all along.
Get a load of this. Through his aide, Tara Martin, he’s trying to control communications between the press and the other 12 Democratic members of the board. A memo was sent out today on this very subject. Of course, he can’t muzzle the Republicans, who can just tell him to take a leap off the eighth floor of the County Office Building.
Dubbed “Internal Media Protocol,” the first part of the memo states as follows:
The Press Secretary will act as the liaison between Legislators and the media. The primary role of the Press Secretary will be to:
– Field and thoroughly vet all media inquiries;
– Be responsible for coordinating and overseeing all interviews (phone or in-person);
– Will be responsible for providing reporters with requested background on topics in advance of a scheduled interview;
– Serves as the key spokesperson and media contact for Board.
That press secretary is Martin, who mainly serves the Boss. The most outrageous part of Ryan’s fear-and-loathing move is that ALL MEDIA CONTACTS MUST BE REPORTED to Martin (my caps) before any information is given out. Among other things, nobody can even set up a video camera on the eighth floor without Ryan’s knowledge and permission.
The way I interpret it, the message from Ryan is loud and clear: The legislators don’t answer to their constituents. They answer to him because he’s in charge.
The Boss is losing it.
For guy who barely won his last eleciton by 100 votes and change, he’s certainly on a bizarre power trip.