Frances Nunziata has egg on her face

Frances Nunziata ended up with egg on her face after a Twitter blast yesterday from Chiara Padovani, her former rival for the Ward 5 seat.

Padovani pointed out that though Nunziata had promised to support affordable housing during the campaign, she voted against several homelessness and affordable-housing motions this week at City Council.

Nunziata voted against declaring a homelessness a state of emergency. She was following city staff advice–and voting with a substantial majority–when she did so. Staff said that Wong-Tam’s motion was a panicky reaction to “social and economic problems of an ongoing systemic nature that cannot be resolved in days, weeks or months.”

Nunziata also voted against making many new developments rent controlled, and against an amendment that would have made more of those units affordable and doubled the number of very deeply discounted units–and done so at enormous expense.

What to make of this? On the one hand, Padovani’s criticisms are sharp, and Nunziata did march with ACORN, the way-left anti-poverty group that was championing the amendments to the Housing Now plan.

On the other hand, we can probably be grateful the motion to spend hundreds of millions on 3700 rent-controlled units on 99-year leases was defeated. So, in this case, she voted responsibly.

Unlike Padovani, I’m not angry that Nunziata didn’t vote with ACORN. That was the right thing to do.

I’m disappointed that she ever gave the impression she would. Here we have proof positive that her campaign wasn’t honest. I’m not surprised, but I’m disappointed.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

3 thoughts on “Frances Nunziata has egg on her face”

  1. I don’t have an issue with Nunziata voting AGAINST something she doesn’t feel will adequately and sustainably address the problem of homelessness. What I do find difficult to grasp is how she isn’t seen as a representative putting proposals on the table for debate that she CAN SUPPORT and trying to persuade her Council colleagues to get on board with. For Francis though, this is a bridge too far beyond her capacity.

  2. Of course it’s a deal favouring the landlord/developer caucus and Nunziata is a politician who will disregard the needs of her constituents, and has no problem promising support, help, action to any group … and not following through.

    Take a look at pedestrian safety in Weston at one end of her disregard, and the need for affordable housing at the other.

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