Editorial: What happens after Councilman Kevin de León’s apology tour?
Kevin de León held his second press conference on Monday — which went off without a hitch. He apologized to the people of Flint and to the people of New York City and admitted to misleading voters in his previous election run.
At the press conference, he said, “Flint has been plagued by a series of bad choices and bad decisions. It’s never been my desire to make bad decisions. I’m the architect of change in Flint, and I know how to handle challenges.”
He said he did not know how to handle a crisis where residents were poisoned by their own government.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who attended the press conference, called the apology an “insult to the people of Flint.”
In a statement, however, Weaver said, “He has said what anyone would want to hear on such a difficult and emotional day. And he has listened to the people of Flint for more than a year on this tragedy. We appreciate his frankness and his willingness to be transparent. I am proud to have him as my colleague and his city deserves a new era.”
Flint Commissioner Mike Glasgow said he was sorry for how his department handled public information. “I am sorry for the mistakes we made on this,” Glasgow said.
“While we must now learn how to move past all this and begin rebuilding Flint’s reputation, my thoughts and prayers go out to all the citizens of Flint as well as Mayor Weaver, the people of Flint, and the residents throughout the City of New York.”
In an earlier statement, de León had acknowledged that residents in Flint had been exposed to lead poisoning and that he failed to provide accurate information about the safety of the water.
The mayor also said she stood by the mayor of New York and said the mayor’s public health department failed to provide accurate public information about the water.
De León says voters in Flint have spoken — and he was wrong
In an interview with NBC News on Monday, de León said there would be no “second chance” and said he was wrong for what he did in his campaign run.
He said voters in Flint will be heard. He acknowledged the city of Flint’s difficult situation, but said people have made