By Rosalie Tirella
This Sunday Worcester City Clerk David Rushford whined about his reputation being sullied via the news rags. Bull shit! Rushford has brought this tsunami on himself.
And let’s give him the benefit of the doubt: OK, David, you only charge $50 per marriage. Let’s do the math. $50 x 950 marriages (the number of couples you married last year) = $47,500.
That’s what you pocketed last year, if we go with the conservative number.
Now let’s take you pal Jordan Levy’s statement – that you usually perform half that number of marriages, that last year was atypical. Half of 950 marriages is 475. Let’s do the math with 475 marriages and the $50 fee:
475 x $50 = $23,750.
Why should the taxpayers of Worcester pay you a nice little sum of $23,750 on top of your base salary of $131,000?
The money belongs to the City of Worcester. That $23,750 could go towards the hiring of a city youth worker – someone who can work with city gang members, some young kid fresh out of college who needs a job, needs a break. That’s the trouble with Worcester – the same people keep giving themselves and their relatives/pals break after break.
Let’s not allow City Clerk David Rushford to be yet another Worcester hog at the municipal trough.
P.S. Rushford lives on Regent Street – the street before Mass Ave.