was recognizing elected officials for their contributions. New cited Councilman Kendall Hirschfeld's saving the city $500,000 during budget preparation. Although New didn't specify the source, Hirschfeld was clearly behind the health insurance move to an exclusive provider arrangement. It's fitting citizens and employees recall Hirschfeld's expectation of no additional funds for employee or retiree coverage as new bids will soon be sought.
This is the same City Council that sat on $343,000 in Early Retiree Reinsurance Program funds for three years. During that time New and company raised employee and retiree dependent premiums by 36 to 58%. I believe employees and retirees will clearly remember this City Council. I don't expect it to be with fondness.