According to The Record, Corporation Counsel Kevin Glasheen and Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski failed to sign the oath book within thirty days of assuming office. Pursuant to Public Officers Law, such a failure results in the office being vacant, making both Glasheen and Kurzejeski illegitimate. It looks as if both will be re-appointed at the May meeting.
Council President Mantello has assured everyone, numerous times, that the Council will not "make political hay" out of the oversight. Really? What would they do? Not vote to confirm a second time? Puh-leeze!
Under Public Officers Law, the Oath Book must be signed within thirty days of election or appointment to office. The signing is typically done at midnight, in the woods, during the vernal equinox, using the blood of a former mayor or city manager. A ritual sacrifice is common but not mandatory.
A big deal? Not really. But, kind of.
These are the little mistakes that undermine confidence in a regime. If they can't get the little, ministerial things right, can we expect them to get the big things right? In this case the error can be remedied. However, elected officials have lost their seats for failure to comply with this law.
Mayor Madden will fly to the Vatican in April and seek a special dispensation from the Pope that will legitimize both Glasheen and Kurzejeski. No one deserves to go through life under a cloud of illegitimacy. Hopefully, no one at school will pick on them.