Minority Leader Phil Pessina and Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Bibisi who, between the two of them, have a combined nine terms on the Common Council and over six decades of law enforcement experience, said Monday that they do not anticipate a nomination from the committee.
"The rumor is that myself and Phil Pessina are not going to be nominated," Bibisi
told the Press, "so we're going to look for a nomination from the floor."
"They put out a conversation that the committee has decided not to nominate me and Joe [Bibisi]," said Pessina.
"I'm not sure that Joe
or I or anyone else who doesn't get nominated will do that," he
"It's a family decision on my part.
The party offered both councilmen ticket space in lower offices, Bibisi and Pessina said.
"I got a call from the chairman ... he
wanted me to take the treasurer's job," said Bibisi
, adding that he
had gotten no official word that he
was not up for the Council slot.
"I'm not a treasurer, I'm a legislator.
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Bibisi, now in his sixth term on the council and a former deputy mayor, sits on the Finance and Government Operations Commission, the Economic Development Commission and the Ordinance Study Committee, as well as the Parking Advisory Committee, Retirement Board, Youth Services Advisory and Middletown High School Locker Room Building Committee.
Mayor Dan Drew, a Democrat, appointed Bibisi to the Mayor's Bipartisan Task Force on Efficiency in Government.
The task force recommended, among other proposals, the merger of the city's legal and personnel departments, which passed 10-2 with Pessina's and Bibisi's
support in May.