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Flint Mayor publicly criticizes Governor Snyder, feds for the first time

Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 18:26:35-04

FLINT, Mich. -- Officials have spent months trying to work together to fix the water issues in Flint. But now it seems the city's mayor, Karen Weaver, has a bone to pick with Governor Snyder and how he has handled the crisis in the past few weeks.

She laid out her feelings in a statement on the city's website. The mayor's statement comes just one day after the independent task force, appointed by the governor, released its findings. The report ultimately blamed the state and the governor for the crisis.

The mayor said she was not only unaware the results of the investigation were being released but said she had no idea the governor and other officials were in her city to make the presentation. She had some harsh words for Governor Snyder.

"The continued failure to communicate with elected officials here in Flint is simply astonishing. I have avoided placing blame for the Flint water crisis, trying to focus on the community's and my attention on moving forward. That can only happen if the state works cooperatively with local officials. But Governor Snyder continues to ignore me, my administration and the residents of Flint."

She went on to say, "The governor doesn't seem to understand that the people of Flint no longer trust him, and they don't want solutions imposed on them by the state."

The mayor said after years of living under an emergency manager, the people of Flint want to know their elected officials are in charge.

Keep in mind, this is the first time the mayor has really spoken against Governor Snyder, since she took office last November. She said she is tired of waiting for additional funding from the both the state and federal government, and the people of Flint continue to pay the highest price.