Mayor's door is open for dialogue with concerned citizens

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

If you have a query, a concern, or you just want to say hi, Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni is hosting informal meetings to meet and greet residents.

Starting Jan. 12, Di Ianni will schedule a session with constituents from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

"Wherever I go, people always take me aside, and have an issue or piece of information, or news to give me and I thought, you know if that happens when I go to places because I happen to be there, what if I try to structure something that formalized that?" said Di Ianni.

During Di Ianni's New Year's Levee on January 8, he was swarmed by residents eager to show him a memento, or meet with him and get a photograph of the mayor.

Meetings to talk to the mayor can be made by appointment at 905-546-4200 at city hall. Di Ianni says the times are flexible depending upon the availability of schedules. The appointments are expected to last no more than 15 minutes.

"(The early morning times) are not sacrosanct," he said. "If people call and say it's too early, we'll try to find another time."

The informal talks can also be scheduled in Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Dundas or Glanbrook, depending upon scheduling conflicts.

"If we have calls from Flamborough, we'll go down there," he said. "We go down there anyway."

Di Ianni's talk sessions are reminiscent of former Mayor Bob Wade's meet-and-greets that were held towards the end of his term.

When he was criticized for not being accessible to the public, Wade scheduled a few hours once a month, allowing the public to talk with him in a less formal setting in one of city hall's main first floor rooms.

Mayor's door is open for dialogue with concerned citizens

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

If you have a query, a concern, or you just want to say hi, Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni is hosting informal meetings to meet and greet residents.

Starting Jan. 12, Di Ianni will schedule a session with constituents from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

"Wherever I go, people always take me aside, and have an issue or piece of information, or news to give me and I thought, you know if that happens when I go to places because I happen to be there, what if I try to structure something that formalized that?" said Di Ianni.

During Di Ianni's New Year's Levee on January 8, he was swarmed by residents eager to show him a memento, or meet with him and get a photograph of the mayor.

Meetings to talk to the mayor can be made by appointment at 905-546-4200 at city hall. Di Ianni says the times are flexible depending upon the availability of schedules. The appointments are expected to last no more than 15 minutes.

"(The early morning times) are not sacrosanct," he said. "If people call and say it's too early, we'll try to find another time."

The informal talks can also be scheduled in Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Dundas or Glanbrook, depending upon scheduling conflicts.

"If we have calls from Flamborough, we'll go down there," he said. "We go down there anyway."

Di Ianni's talk sessions are reminiscent of former Mayor Bob Wade's meet-and-greets that were held towards the end of his term.

When he was criticized for not being accessible to the public, Wade scheduled a few hours once a month, allowing the public to talk with him in a less formal setting in one of city hall's main first floor rooms.

Mayor's door is open for dialogue with concerned citizens

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

If you have a query, a concern, or you just want to say hi, Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni is hosting informal meetings to meet and greet residents.

Starting Jan. 12, Di Ianni will schedule a session with constituents from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

"Wherever I go, people always take me aside, and have an issue or piece of information, or news to give me and I thought, you know if that happens when I go to places because I happen to be there, what if I try to structure something that formalized that?" said Di Ianni.

During Di Ianni's New Year's Levee on January 8, he was swarmed by residents eager to show him a memento, or meet with him and get a photograph of the mayor.

Meetings to talk to the mayor can be made by appointment at 905-546-4200 at city hall. Di Ianni says the times are flexible depending upon the availability of schedules. The appointments are expected to last no more than 15 minutes.

"(The early morning times) are not sacrosanct," he said. "If people call and say it's too early, we'll try to find another time."

The informal talks can also be scheduled in Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Dundas or Glanbrook, depending upon scheduling conflicts.

"If we have calls from Flamborough, we'll go down there," he said. "We go down there anyway."

Di Ianni's talk sessions are reminiscent of former Mayor Bob Wade's meet-and-greets that were held towards the end of his term.

When he was criticized for not being accessible to the public, Wade scheduled a few hours once a month, allowing the public to talk with him in a less formal setting in one of city hall's main first floor rooms.