Welcome to the City of Riverdale and my personal blog about what we’re doing and other issues I think worth noting and discussing with you as residents (and other concerned parties).
Please note that this blog space allows for comments – so first, a few guidelines:
1. All of the comments made to on this blog are moderated by me. That’s not to keep the conversation limited to those who agree with me, but rather to make sure we avoid spam, claims made are factual and verifiable (if possible) and the tone of the conversation remains respectful. If you can’t keep your comments confined to those guidelines, you won’t see them appear on this blog. Period.
2. Being mayor of Riverdale isn’t my full-time job, so if you post a comment or offer a suggestion, it might take a few days for me to review it and post it. Please be patient.
3. If you’d like to write a guest post, please be my guest. You can email your post (and at least one photo or video to post with it) to me at: email@example.com.
4. I’ll be cross-posting these blog posts to my Facebook page (my mayoral page, not my personal page), so if you’d like to comment there, you can. Just keep in mind, the first rule applies there, too.
The purpose of this blog
So, why write a blog?
As many of you know, I’m a writer and I work in the marketing field. So I write. A lot. (I also like using short sentence fragments. Very much so.)
I also have a lot of opinions. (Just ask my wife.)
As a result, I like to share my opinions on matters and hear what others have to say. I appreciate a diversity of opinion and different points of view. I’m a real believer that by understanding all angles of a problem, a group can synthesize a more elegant – and usually more creative – solution that yields greater, long-term benefits.
That means that when I’m working on client matters or city issues, I like to take a lot of information in before I start forming and expressing an opinion. I’m also very flexible at the early stages, amending my opinion and planned course of action on things as I see and hear reactions to my suggestions.
I know that, at times, that can be very frustrating for people. But it’s how I work best, so please be patient and be kind.
Over time, as my knowledge increases and as my opinions firm up, I work at building consensus. This process means I spend time with people to make sure they see a connection between what they want and think and the suggestion/recommendation I’m supporting. During my career, I’ve found that most people have an innate understanding that getting 15 – 20% of what they want is better than being left with 100% of what they don’t want when it comes to policies and practices.
I see it as my job to make sure people understand the role they’ve played in a recommendation or course of action. To give them a sense of ownership. And to encourage their commitment to the solution – even if it’s not EVERYTHING they wanted at the start.
Politics – and to a large extent, the professional field in which I work – is like making sausage. It’s not always pretty or appetizing, but the end result can be pretty appetizing.
Won’t you join me at the table?