November 2020, Year XII, n. 11
The Mayor of the Trees
Telos: Every time there is talk of the direct election of the Prime Minister, the evocative expression “The Mayor of Italy” is used. Is it true that today Mayors, in administering their cities, have more power than the Prime Minister?
Massimo Castelli: Mayors need to be directly elected to provide stability to city administrations, this was the reason for the 1993 electoral reform.
Under the previous proportional system, this stability was linked to agreements between the parties, which would often see shifts in alliances, majorities and the Mayor in turn over the course of the administrative term.
Mayors’ current strength stems from the fact that they are directly elected by citizens and if they topple, so does the City Council ...more
We often use the expression “population 10, including sheep” to say how small, or how underpopulated, a town is.
Today, we are delighted to introduce our guest for the November issue of PRIMOPIANOSCALAc: Massimo Castelli, Mayor of Cerignale, a village with a population of 1,000,122, including the trees.
That’s a million trees, of course, but it doesn’t matter much to Castelli, who runs his tiny town with the same verve as a Mayor with a million fellow citizens.
Maybe even more. Because when you’re small, you’ve got to do even more to get your voice heard ...more