District One community reacts to recommendation to remove Green

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 13 at 9:35 AM

(WHAS11)  People living in District One in Metro Louisville have mixed feelings about their Democratic Council Member Judy Green and the Metro Ethics Commission’s unanimous decision recommending she be removed from her position as a Metro Council member.

“Yeah I think she is guilty,” said an anonymous District One resident. “She was wrong for doing what she did.”

Those are the thoughts of just one resident about Judy Green, just one day after the Metro Ethics Commission recommended she be removed from metro council, but Green says she won’t vacate her seat without a fight.  “I will fight tooth and nail to stay in this position that my constituents, over 7,000 of my constituents, elected me to do,” said Green.

The commission says they found evidence that Green intentionally misused taxpayer funded grants for her summer jobs program. “That’s taking from me,” said one resident living in district one. “I figure they do what they got to do with her.”

Other residents feel this whole issue is politics at its worst.  “Its politics, it’s all politics, it runs around politics,” said Georgie Yarbrough.  “Politics is politics no matter which way you take it.”  Yarbrough has lived in District One since 1955 and says Green has helped her community and does not deserve to be removed from council.  “She good to the community, she good for seniors,” said Yarbrough.

“I have not done anything wrong, but provide jobs to children in district one,” said Green.  Green has held the District One council seat since 2007.

The next step to decide Judy Green’s fate has to come in the form of a complaint from five council members, or the mayor. Then the remaining council members hear the case and act as a jury.  Two-thirds of the council must agree to remove a member.

Green can appeal that decision. She says if necessary, she will take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
 

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