The mayor plans to meet with state legislators representing Forestville and Bristol to discuss state budget issues, but there is one notable exception, Representative Frank Nicastro, Democrat.
Earlier this year, Mr. Nicastro voted for the second largest tax increase in state history and as a result the mayor refused to invite him to the budget discussions. The mayor’s opposition was outraged over the “snub.”
Consequently, dozens of small fires erupted, numerous cars were overturned and public property was destroyed after democrats heard news of the “snub”, authorities said.
Police took to the streets in full riot gear and deployed three canisters of tear gas in front of the Forestville Social Club. Numerous registered democrats were heard to chant “F the Snub!” over and over. Police reported a handful of arrests were made.
Shouldn’t the mayor as chief executive have the right to invite or not anyone he wants to his office for a meeting? If so, why the rumpus?
A review of town records shows a long list of people not invited to the mayor’s office dating back to the early 1900s due to their politics, ideology or whatever. The list includes captains of industry, scientists, activists, humanitarians, actors, politicians et al and includes:
Yuri Gagarin, Typhoid Mary, Hurricane Camille, J. Paul Getty, Louis B Mayer, Nelson Mandela, John Paul I, Indira Gandhi, Route 72, Salvador Dali, Pol Pat, Ho Chi Minh, Hirohito, Thurgood Marshall, Agatha Christie, Truman Capote, Dorothy Dandridge, Bonnie and Clyde, Annie Oakley, Robert Oppenheimer, Eva Peron, Che Guevara, Golda Meir, The Dalai Lama, Oprah, Annie Leibovitz, Toni Morrison, The Stanley Cup, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Boggs, Elon Musk, The Budweiser Frogs, Steve Harvey, Bjork, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Bob Iger, Lorne Michaels, Gloria Allred, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Fiorello La Guardia, Dr. James Andrews, Konstantin Chernenko, The Symbionese Liberation Army, Patty Hearst, Tanya, Beyoncé, Meg Whitman, Anna Wintour, Zahi Hawass, and the United Nations Charter.
But wait there is more.
Kermit the Frog, The Class of 1985, Henrietta Hippo, Michio Kaku, Mitchell Luby, Angela Merkel, Tyra Banks, Led Zeppelin, Limping Larry, the Goodyear Blimp, Ron Howard’s brother, The California Raisins, Lassie, Yakov Smirnoff, The cast of Saved By The Bell, God, Wu Tang Clan, The USC Trojan Marching Band, Uncle Fester, Stinky Pete, Pope Francis, R2D2, Frodo, Mac Davis, Pablo Escobar, Shamoo the Wonder Pig, The New York Mercantile Exchange, A man dressed like a chicken, my Mom’s neighbor’s sister Susan, anyone named Clinton, Myth Busters, the Ancient Aliens Guy, Me, Insane Clown Posse, The Securities and Exchange Commission, The Phillie Phanatic, DB Cooper, and KISS impersonators.
The entire file, which clerks say is beyond voluminous, contains every individual banned, snubbed or not invited to any meeting with the mayor’s office dating back to the incorporation of the city. It is kept in a large room well below City Hall and is guarded like a fortress, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Workers complain that boxes show up by the truck load each and every day as the file grows and grows and grows.