By Bob Katzen
On April 9, Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik filed legislation that would allow acting mayors to act with full mayoral authority for the duration of the governor’s declared state of emergency concerning COVID-19. The city of Gardner and some other cities’ charters limit the power of their acting mayor.
There can be issues that arise during this crisis that need to be handled quickly and Zlotnik’s legislation would simplify that process and ensure the city government could act as required during this crisis.
“City officials brought this issue to my attention and I think it’s something the Legislature should be aware of and considering,” said Zlotnik. “In an effort to be prepared I have filed this bill for review and to start the process. I think it’s important as we navigate through this unprecedented situation that the government at all levels be prepared to continue operations and do their best to anticipate complications that may arise.”