Ald. Russell Stamper, II
Press Release

TV segment does NOT tell my story

Statement of Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II May 3, 2017

By - May 3rd, 2017 10:28 am

Many of you may have watched the local television news segment which aired Monday about a rental property that I own on N. 22nd St.

I have some concerns about how I was portrayed in the piece, but I truly want to make it known that what aired does NOT capture who I am as a leader and public elected official.

For many years, I have invested in the City of Milwaukee in a myriad of ways. In my years of service to the community from the private to the public sector, I have always put the concerns of the people first. I have pledged all of my adult life to protecting the sanctity of the community which I hold dear. To that end, I would like to thank the Department of Neighborhood Services for inspecting this property. It is their duty as responsible custodians of the public welfare to make sure all landlords are held accountable. I appreciate this opportunity to express how important accountability is.

In the matter of the current situation in dispute, I have taken the appropriate measures to make repairs, worked with this tenant to ensure that her concerns have been addressed, and have fully cooperated with city codes and processes to remedy the issues impacting this property.

Scheduling conflicts between the tenant and contractors made the process slower than I would have liked it to be, but the work was completed within the time frame allowed by the Department of Neighborhood Services. ALL of the violations have been abated.

We look forward to an early, fair and satisfactory resolution of this matter. I will continue to work diligently as I have as 15th District Alderman to represent not just those who voted me in office, but our community as a whole.

Thank you.

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One thought on “TV segment does NOT tell my story”

  1. J Milw says:

    Just terrible…

    1. As a landlord – not maintaining his property or properly screening his tenants (if its the tenant’s fault as he blamed her for).
    2. As a public official – The new Lee Holloway. If his constituents knew he was a slumlord they wouldn’t have voted for him.
    3. As a person – blaming tenant for issues that he was already cited for and then lying to his constituents through his press release and portraying himself as a victim.
    4. As an African American – perpetuating stereotypes that the African American community doesn’t care for and respect one another. Just offering this rat invested unit for rent says a lot about him.

    And Ashanti Hamilton isn’t doing anything about it. Is that leadership we should expect from the Common Council? What does that say about how much he cares about the residents of the City?

    It will be very telling for City of Milwaukee politics to see if this blows up or gets swept under the rug.

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