My working theory is that, upon inauguration, the Mayor of Manchester, NH, attains certain superpowers that allow him or her to be in two places at once.
Why else would one mayor need two parking spots adjacent to City Hall?
The preferred parking spot of both the current mayor, Ted Gatsas, and that of his predecessors is located a stone's throw from City Hall's main entrance, on the south side of the building. Since January this space been occupied by Hizzoner's super sweet Mercedes:
The second parking spot assigned to the mayor is located on the north side of the building, on Stark Street, and was yesterday morning occupied by a red Toyota:
Curious, I sent an email to the mayor's chief of staff, Samantha Piatt, who ignored my point-blank question asking if the mayor does, in fact, possess the ability to be in two places at once or, for that matter, any other supernatural power. Alas.
Piatt did, however, inform me that, despite what the sign marking the Stark Street spot says:
the spot in question is not assigned to the mayor per se, but to his staff.
So which of the mayor's three employees gets this primo parking spot? Piatt said the lucky staffer is Constituent Service Representative Vicki Ferraro who, to my knowledge, is the only City employee other than the mayor to get free on-street parking in her own designated space.
Must be nice.