City council accuses Portsmouth mayor of ‘ingratitude’

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by Philip Townsend, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 9:30 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- Five Portsmouth council members agreed to adopt a resolution expressing dissapointment with the city's mayor.
 
It's a resolution of appreciation for Governor Terry McAuliffe following his plan to cut tunnel tolls in half.
 
However, statements made in the resolution suggest it may also be an apology to the Governor.
 
Council member Bill Moody, who approved the resolution, told 13News Now that local legislators expressed concern over Mayor Kenny Wright's comments following a Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in January.
 
"[The resolution] was requested by our Richmond legislative team," said Moody.
 
The resolution states that Wright's comments relefected poorly on the citizens of Portsmouth, and that they were made without authorization by city council.
 
Wright thanked the Governor following the CTB meeting, but he also expressed concern that the tunnel contract wasn't terminated completely.
 
Council members say it wasn't the right time for the mayor to express dissapointment.
 
Friday, Wright told 13News Now that the resolution is politically driven, and a misguided accusation.
 
"We still have council members who want to drive a wedge between issues when there aren't any."

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