"When we have a narrow group of people looking to consolidate power for themselves, we create a climate where the minority leader [Yuko] can't get what in any other county should be a rubber-stamp endorsement," Elkins said.
Trevor Elkins spoke next. He's the Mayor of Newburgh Heights and an RTA board member known for staunch leftism and a willingness to buck consensus. Though he didn't call Shontel Brown by name, Elkins affirmed that one of his opponents would indeed be a puppet if elected. He said that the same people who approached Brown to run had also approached him. They went searching for Brown one week after Elkins "had the audacity to say 'no.'"
"They wanted to dictate the direction of the party from behind the scenes," Elkins told Scene by phone Wednesday. "I told them, 'there's a difference between loyalty in working together and blind obedience."
In anticipation of Garson's departure, several Democrats have been jockeying for the job, or at least testing the waters, including Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor K. Elkins. He told me Tuesday that he is "actively working on building a coalition." Party leaders have also floated the names of Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley, Bedford Municipal Court Clerk Tom Day, former Bedford Mayor Dan Pocek, and labor leader Dave Wondolowski.
The Village of Newburgh Heights is the first entity to take advantage of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council energy efficiency financing, the council reported Thursday. The village secured financing of $325,000 to improve the recently purchased building at 4105 Harvard Ave. that now serves as its fire station and service garage.
"And this is why," Elkins told Scene, referencing the RTA's funding crisis. "We have foundational economic infrastructure going ignored in this county. When we start using taxpayer dollars to pay for the shiny stuff, it makes it that much harder to go back to the voters to pay for basic economic necessities."
The policy is the first of its kind in the United States, and has attracted the attention of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who praised mayor Trevor Elkins as “a leader on an issue that keeps people up at night.”
In May 2016, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, became the first municipality in the nation to offer six months' paid maternity and paternity leave to public employees. Secretary Perez visited the village of approximately 2,500 people to hear from Mayor Trevor Elkins and employees who will benefit from this policy. We asked Mayor Elkins to share why providing paid leave was important. This is what he told us: