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COVINGTON, Ky. - A City Commissioner is under fire after posting angry statements on Facebook.
Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank posted abrasive statements on Facebook Wednesday night regarding the Covington Firefighters Union voting to approve promotions.
The two sides have been split on proposed cuts and brownouts with the Covington firefighters.
Along with passing the vote for promotions, the union is asking for one of their pumping fire trucks, pumper 1, to be reactivated after a brownout.
On Facebook, Frank wrote: "OK, I am glad that I am impossibly rich and if Covington actually fails; that said after tonight Union Grevance; if I was actually somehow a person who depends on the system right; I think I would leave Covington post haste. Even the Commissioners who were appalled by Local 38 are ashamded of their vote. Even if we are behind a legal 8 ball it was worth the worst downside risk…..losing another $10,000 as a worse cased to avoid losing another $100,000 plus thousand a year for years on end to the a******. Now that Local 38 has won; why should the FOP and ASCME who I've opposed but who have been I must admit, honest and real negotiators given the financial position of Covington anything but pi**** off. My last words on the subject and yes I've been doing what I do BEST….drinking….F*** LOCAL 38 AND THE SHIP THEY RODE IN ON. LONG LIVE COVINGTON FOP AND ASCME!!!!!!!!!"
Facebook user Larry Cappel replied: "I don't appreciate bring called name's. it's not right!, and having been drinking is no excuse. I hope you rethink what you have said, because your better than that."
In response, Frank wrote: "I own everything I've said. F*** Local 38."
In another Facebook comment, Frank wrote: "Last version. It is OK to hate me in the morning (I will look forward to it)… apparently it is 4 to 1 OK to for Local 38 to loot your pockets. 2 wanted to give them even more money without even asking and two didn't want to risk upsetting the f****s and just rolled over. It is OK to think that I would like to bury them and if I had any extra money to extend it would be for the FOP and ASCME who have been nothing but gentlemen through all of our financial trauma. What was required to keep Covington from financial implosion apparently isn't a problem for at least 3 of the new Commissions and your Mayor. I spit in their general direction."
Chris Black, Covington Firefighters Union President, said the Facebook posts are being sent to the International Association of Firefighters Council in Washington D.C. The union will review the posts to see if they constitute any legal or ethics violations.
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