Here’s what we have planned for today at 1pm: A hearing into allegations surrounding Metro Councilwoman Judy Green is underway at this hour at Metro Hall. WFPL’s Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey is there covering the hearing live on our Twitter feed @wfplnews and he’ll speak with us live to bring us up to speed. The […]
The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission’s hearing on charges against Councilwoman Judy Green is today. WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey will appear live from Metro Hall on Hear and Now today at 1:00. He’ll also give updates throughout the day on Twitter and in newscasts.
Councilman Jon Ackerson says outgoing council members have, in the past, exhausted their $75,000 neighborhood development funds before leaving office, giving the incoming councilmember no money to spend on neighborhood projects until July, when the next fiscal year begins.
The Government Accountability and Ethics committee will review the allocation process at its meeting Wednesday. Committee chair Tina Ward-Pugh has asked the city’s internal auditor and chief financial officer to attend and discuss any potential changes to how the money is accounted for.
On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing on a complaint against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green. Green is accused of using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. The commission could also take up other charges related to the misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.
The accusations have led the council and the mayor’s office to take a new look at how those funds are monitored.
The council hasn’t encountered a situation like this before. If the Ethics Commission finds evidence of wrongdoing, then the council could act to remove Green. But Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says it’s important to make sure no one rushes to judgment and that every process of the law is conducted unencumbered. That’s both to give Green a fair chance and to avoid setting unwelcome precedents.
Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is calling on the Ethics Commission to add the latest allegations against Councilwoman Judy Green to the existing ethics complaint against her.
Green’s colleagues on the council are largely withholding comment until after an Ethics Commission hearing on a summer jobs program that allegedly benefitted Green’s family.
STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/04/11: The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing this month on a complaint filed against Councilwoman Judy Green; Phillip Bailey joins us with the details. A skirmish between some Louisville arts leaders and Fund for the Arts chief Allen Cowan made the news this week, and we’ll also check in with the C-J’s Jim Carroll to find out what’s new in Washington. Tune in to State of the News for analysis of these and other stories. Listen to the Show
Members of both sides of Metro Government say the Ethics Commission must complete its review of Metro Councilwoman Judy Green before any further action is considered.