BANGOR – Multiple Bangor residents spoke out at Monday’s city council meeting, criticizing the ten year contract the city has signed with “Waterfront Concerts”.
Alex Gray, the owner of the concert company, pleaded guilty to domestic assault against his now ex-girlfriend in October.
His admission came a month after the Bangor City Council voted to sign a ten year contract with Gray’s company.
In Portland, locals are asking their city councilors to reconsider their city’s contract with “Waterfront Concerts” after Gray’s ex-girlfriend called out the city in a blog post online.
Residents attending Monday night’s meeting in Bangor stood in solidarity with their friends as they spoke at the podium. Some of those appealing to the city council were abuse survivors themselves.
Locals called on councilors to find a way out of the deal, despite what the financial setback might be.
“The contract that the city has with Gray brings in millions of dollars per year, so where’s the line?” asked one concerned Bangor resident. “What amount of money justifies the city going into a contract with someone that beats women? What if Gray beat dogs or children? I have a sick feeling that we wouldn’t even be having this conversation because no one ever questions if children or animals fake their stories or their bruises.”
Immediately following the public open discussion, Bangor City Council Chair Ben Sprague said that the council is derived from the people it serves, and he made clear the council was listening to Bangor’s citizens.
Some of the female city councilors said now is the time for the city to take a look at its domestic violence policies as a whole.