Article by LNP “Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray won’t seek re-election” can be very good news for the citizenry and their children and grandchildren. Or it may not be.
Gray is a decent individual but fell sway to special interests and bad advisors when it came to real estate development and public works projects. He flipped flopped on the Convention Center, he supports the CRIZ program ear marked to enrich Penn Square Partners and others at the future expense of our children and grandchildren, bungled the potential redevelopment of Lancaster Square East, squandered opportunities to get ahead of the looming huge storm sewer assessments, and was a big supporter of the bird brain idea of bringing trolleys back to Lancaster… among other mistakes.
On the other hand, he is a person of intelligence and integrity, even if in ways foolish. Is it likely that a champion of the people, in the tradition of the Steinman family of the past, will emerge for this modestly paid (by his or her alternatives) and deadend political position?
Frankly we doubt it. Stooges will be found and promoted by the same exploiters. As good as LNP is as a local newspaper, it will veer in another direction whenever its owners’ financial interests are to be served.
Past benefactors have become predators. And for the little positive impact he had, watchdog Robert Field has aged and turned his attention in large part elsewhere.
Alas, Lancaster may actually soon have valid cause to miss Mayor Gray.