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Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing says he hopes
Local Government Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan
makes good on his promises to disburse available
funds to the corporation.
He made the comment on Friday in his last official
engagement, as he formally opened the Mayor Steve
Sargeant floor at City Hall, Knox Street, Port-of-
The addition will hold the mayor s office, deputy
mayor s office, two conference rooms, spaces for the
district councillors, a kitchen and a museum for the
city to house gifts from visitors such as ambassadors.
It costs approximately $1.5 million.
Lee Sing, in his address, said he hoped Rambachan
makes good on his promise to make funds available
to fully furnish the building with furniture befitting
the office of the mayor.
In an interview with the media after the ceremony,
Lee Sing said it should cost approximately $500,000
to furnish the space.
Rambachan, although scheduled to attend, was
Lee Sing said it appeared that whenever they were
scheduled to speak together, Rambachan did not
want to speak on the "same platform or podium"
Sargeant, who was the city s mayor from 1983-87
and who died on August 15, 2011, was a "giant of
a man," Lee Sing said.
Sargeant had suggested there should be a mayor s
residence, an idea Lee Sing said he endorsed, since
not everyone elected to office "will have the where-
withal to do business and entertain guests, both local
and foreign, at their homes."
Sargeant, he said, "did big things but equally he
did small and meaningful things to make the city
shine," he said.
Lee Sing said it "mattered not that he might never
use the space." The new floor, he said, was built "con-
scious of our responsibilities for tomorrow," and what
mattered most was that mayors who followed "will
have a more appropriate working space in which to
conduct the important business of office of mayor."
He said the administration "created magic" with
"the meagre money" given to the corporation over
the last three years and the floor was part of the magic.
"As I look back over the last year, I have nothing
but admiration and appreciation for the administration
who made bread out of stone over the creation of the
Mayor Steve Sargeant floor," he said.
He thanked members of the council, the city engi-
neer, CEO Winifred David, and the building inspector
for their contribution to the new floor s construction.
"I sincerely hope that, as we have created these
conditions for a better working environment for the
new mayor and his or her council, that they would
use these facilities in the spirit in which they have
been created: one of growth, one of development, one
of productivity...in fact, yesterday the lone UNC mem-
ber on council stood up and thanked me for making
him the chairman of a committee, which he said was
something that had never been done in local govern-
"Until we become members of a team and Team
T&T, we will remain in a lagoon society," he said.
Lee Sing said the society has to lift itself from where
it is and the one way to do so is to "reach across the
floor and, regardless of who sits on the other side of
the floor, be able to speak and negotiate" in the best
interest of those they serve. He said one must be able
to argue, but at the end of the day must be able to
smile, embrace each other and move on to another
Port-of-Spain, he said, grew from the endeavour,
$1.5m PoS mayor's office opened
Louis hopes Suruj
lives up to promise
mayor Louis Lee
Sing, second from
left, gestures as he
talks with former
"Telly" Paul, second
left, and Kenny De
Silva at the opening
of the new wing of
City Hall on Friday.
working as a team in the best interest of the
"That we ask of all of T&T," he said.
Fr Clyde Harvey blessed the building.
Downtown Owners and Merchants Asso-
ciation president Gregory Aboud and former
mayor Telly Paul were present at the cere-
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