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Giorgio Mammoliti running for re-election

- April 30th, 2014

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Giorgio Mammoliti is giving a thumb’s up to running for another term on city council.

Mammoliti told the Sun he plans to register to run for re-election representing York West (Ward 7) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

“The cutting at City Hall isn’t finished and while nobody is really talking about it in the mayoral race – they all just seem to be talking about how to spend money – there is $100 million or so that we could probably save the first year in amalgamating our housing offices,” Mammoliti said Wednesday.

“I need to stop the LRT on Finch Avenue … and try to get Finch designated for a future subway line and bring on busing lanes in the meantime.”

The controversial councillor – and one-time NDP MPP – was one of Mayor Rob Ford’s council allies at the start of this term although he later jumped off the mayor’s executive committee (and eventually came back after a few months).

But will Mammoliti support anyone for mayor? He says he may end up backing Ford.

“At this point the only one talking about keeping the agenda going … seems to be Mayor Ford,” Mammoliti said. “Unless he does something outrageous and crazy it looks like my community (and) myself may be supporting him.”

Before making a formal endorsement, Mammoliti said he plans to have a meeting with his “advisors” ahead of Election Day.

“It will be about 200 people that will tell us, me, where Ward 7 will be throwing their support in in the mayoral race,” Mammoliti said. “We’ll probably be inviting all the mayoral candidates to prove to them that it is them that should be elected in Ward 7.”

The veteran councillor is still facing problems from his 2010 election campaign.

He’s facing five charges of violating the Municipal Elections Act. Those charges were brought by a special prosecutor appointed by the city’s compliance audit committee.

Mammoliti maintained the allegations are “frivolous.”

“I’m going to take it as serious as I always have,” he said.

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Mammoliti gives the thumbs up to Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee

- September 25th, 2013

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Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti wants back on Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee (story here).

Here’s Mammoliti’s statement provided exclusively to the Sun on why he wants back into Ford’s inner circle:

 

Giving the Executive Committee the Thumbs Up

 

While I had taken a small step back from the executive committee for a number of reasons that only the Mayor and I know about, and more recently due to health – I am now in a position to put all efforts back in to executing the key points to the agenda of this term of office.  A number of my colleagues and constituent groups have asked that (I) return back to my work at City Hall.  After careful consideration, I believe being back on the executive committee will allow my strong voice an avenue of lending support to the key values of my constituents: saving taxpayers funds, cutting unnecessary spending, the subway plan and bringing it to Finch Ave, stopping the LRT and all components that are of importance to the residents of the City of Toronto.  With the recent distractions that several groups and even sitting councillors have created for our City, its time for me step back in and get things under my thumb again.

 

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti

 

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Motion of the day: Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti offers a traffic solution

- June 11th, 2013

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“That City Council direct that anywhere south of Davenport be reverted to horse and buggy and all asphalt be removed from this area and returned to dirt road; And that City Council suggest that residents dress in period costume reminiscent of pioneer times.” 

- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti’s motion presented at city council Tuesday after growing frustrated with the debate over traffic congestion. The speaker ruled it out of order.

Mayor Rob Ford has a hole in his executive committee

- February 11th, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford will try to patch up a hole in his executive committee this week.

With the appointment of Councillor Frank Di Giorgio as budget chief, Ford now has an open seat on the 13-member committee.

The striking committee meets Wednesday to figure out who to add to the mayor’s inner circle of councillors.
Ford’s office wouldn’t comment on who the mayor is considering to add to the committee.

Councillor Ana Bailao said last week “it would be great to see another woman” on the committee but stressed she wouldn’t join the committee – she’s focused on affordable housing issues and her ward right now.

“I would really like to see another woman,” she said. “I think it is important also to have different views so I would definitely take this opportunity to reach out to other councillors that sometimes are not always on the same page but I think it is very healthy to bring different views into the executive.”

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday – who chairs the striking committee – said he’s looking for a councillor who would be “realistic, reliable, fiscally responsible.”

“I don’t know if Councillor (Mike) Del Grande would be interested in coming on the executive (as an at-large member),” Holyday said. “I’d hope he’d consider it.”

Councillor Jaye Robinson, the lone female councillor on the committee, said she’d like to see Del Grande come back on the mayor’s executive.

“I think if he could stay on executive it would just be a huge asset,” she said.

“Outside of that, I’m not sure. It would be nice to get another newbie, another new councillor on executive.”

Del Grande – who lost his place on executive when he resigned as budget chief last month – said he’s “happy” in his current role as the Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt councillor.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti wouldn’t rule out a return to executive committee – but wasn’t asking for it either. Mammoliti quit the committee late last year.

“It would not be a bad thing to look for (the mayor) to be looking at someone that is willing to work with him from the middle,” he said. “Of course when that happens then the left feels empowered and they use that person as their little tool and then the little tool feels compelled to go against the mayor.

“The mayor is caught between a rock and a hard place. You really do need someone who is loyal to the agenda, I would imagine at the end of the day and not somebody who will be used as a tool for the left.”

When councillors attack – Vaughan vs. Mammoliti

- October 31st, 2012

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“I want better housing not bigger flagpoles.”

- Councillor Adam Vaughan during a debate over the sale of TCHC single-family homes Tuesday (story here)

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“You can be the first one to sit on the flagpole.”

- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti to Councillor Adam Vaughan

Quote of the Day – Mayor Rob Ford’s compromise is a deal with the devil

- October 31st, 2012

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“I believe he’s negotiated with the devil and I think it is going to come and bite him on his rear end.”

- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on Mayor Rob Ford’s “compromise” to extend the city’s Ombudsman’s contract for two years (story here)

Quotes of the Day – Transit tolls/taxes talk

- October 10th, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford’s executive committee dove into a debate on public consultation for taxes and tolls to pay for transit Tuesday (story here). Not surprisingly, there were several quotable moments from Ford and councillors during the debate.

Here are some of the highlights:

“I’ve always said to build transit in the city we have to get all three levels (of government) involved and the private sector. Until the federal and provincial government gets on board and we get the private sector on board I’m not going to sit around and just put a tax or a user fee on the backs of hardworking Torontonians.”
- Mayor Rob Ford

“That’s like asking which poison would you like to drink? Would you like the hemlock? Would you like the rat poison? … We should be asking them, would you like to take that poison?”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on transit funding consultation.

“If all we come back with is that we think the province should have a regional sales tax, then I think we’ve been doing our residents a disservice.”
- TTC chair Karen Stintz

“It will help Torontonians in every corner of this city. It is long past due that we’ve needed it. We are a generation behind.”
- Councillor Josh Matlow on the Downtown Relief Line.

“My community does not want to pay for somebody else’s thoughts and hopes.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on transit taxes and tolls.

“This deal is like throwing a load of human feces on somebody’s lawn and then sending them a bill for the transportation costs in delivering it to their property.”

- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti still livid an LRT is being planned for Finch Ave. W. in his ward.

“We haven’t approached them. We haven’t opened the doors. We haven’t welcomed (public-private partnerships).”
- Councillor Doug Ford lamenting the proposed taxes and tolls to fund transit.

“Public-private partnerships do not pay for transit. They finance transit and we need to pay it back.”
- TTC chair Karen Stintz

City Hall Face-Off: Perks vs. Mammoliti

- October 3rd, 2012

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Here’s what Councillor Gord Perks said to Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti during Wednesday’s city council meeting:

Reporter: Why did you walk out?

Mammoliti: The ruling that seems to have taken a path suggests that any member of council doesn’t have a right to question any report that is in front of you especially when your belief …

(Enter Perks)

Perks: “Shame on you, shame on you, get out of this chamber. Get out of this chamber. You’re a bully, you’re a bully, you’re trying to destroy the public service in this city. Get out of here. You said you were leaving the chamber, leave the chamber.”

Mammoliti: “I will defend myself if you keep touching me. Don’t touch me.”

Perks: “I’m not touching you Giorgio.”

Mammoliti: “Then get away from me.”

Perks: “Leave the chamber.”

Mammoliti: “Get away from my space.”

Perks: “Leave the chamber.”

Mammoliti: “Please get away from my space.”

Perks: “If you haven’t got the courage to stand up and debate this, leave.”

Mammoliti: “Please get away from my space. I’m asking you nicely. Please get away from my space.”

Perks: “This is the way you behave, you use your bully pulpit to try to intimidate the public service.”

Mammoliti: “I think that you are bullying me right now so please stop.”

Perks: “Unbelievable, you are destroying the public service in this city.”

(Perks walks away)

Quotes of the Day – Ombudsman’s Report Edition

- September 28th, 2012

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City of Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean delivered a scathing report Thursday, slamming Mayor Rob Ford’s office for meddling in the civic appointments process (story here).

Here’s how Mayor Rob Ford and some councillors reacted to the Ombudsman’s report released Thursday:

“I didn’t interfere with the process.”
- Mayor Rob Ford to reporters

“This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen written about the City of Toronto.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan

“I’m happy that someone has recognized that staff make mistakes and is recognizing that changes need to be made based on staff error.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, a member of the Civic Appointments Committee

“This report from the Ombudsman outlines the many ways the mayor’s office interfered in the public appointments process. It was unprecedented, inappropriate and I think compromised the public appointments process.”
- Councillor Janet Davis

“We’ve been very open and transparent at our committee and I’m not aware of any direction or interference by anybody.”
- Councillor Frances Nunziata, chairman of the Civic Appointments Committee

“An enormous amount of work went into making sure we had the best quality candidates with the most diverse background.”
- Councillor James Pasternak, a member of the Civic Appointments Committee

Quotable Quotes: The Life and Death of OneCity

- July 12th, 2012

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Here’s what city councillors said Wednesday during the transit debate (story here):

“It’s pink lipstick on a very fat pig with flip flops on.”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti on OneCity advocates claiming a win

“I think it has been renamed the Toronto transit expansion plan and that’s just fine.”
- TTC Chair Karen Stintz on the death of OneCity

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- Mayor Rob Ford who didn’t speak during Wednesday’s transit debate

“I would say that the province would not be wise to continue to spend large sums of money on the Scarborough LRT because council is going to weigh in on it at a later point this year.”

- Councillor Joe Mihevc

“They’ve fallen into the trap that Rob Ford set about retail politics, when it’s all about slogans and campaigns.”
- Councillor Adam Vaughan

“I’m very disappointed that didn’t happen.”
- Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker on rejection of his motion on studying extending the Bloor-Danforth line rather than replacing the Scarborough RT with an LRT

“I can assure everyone in Toronto the mayor is back in charge of transit and we’re going to move forward.”
- Councillor Doug Ford

“I just want to know what OneCity is … Where is it? Where’s Waldo?”
- Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti asking why no one has introduced OneCity on the floor of council

“We know that we’re failing (on transit), we haven’t kept up.”
- Councillor Peter Milczyn on transit

“We’ve clearly made a meal out of this particular issue, we continue to chew at the same old bone.”
- Councillor Michael Thompson on transit

“Building transit can’t be about political cover.”
- Councillor Shelley Carroll

“It’s a complete flame out.”
- Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong on the end of OneCity