POLITICS

Toronto mayor apologizes for pricey chairs; replica chairs cost city nearly $75k

09/27/2013 03:59 EDT | Updated 11/27/2013 05:12 EST
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says the gravy train stops with him.

Ford says the purchase of 30 replica heritage chairs for the city hall Member's Lounge at a cost of nearly $75,000 is his responsibility and he's "taking care of it.'

Ford says he's "responsible for every dime that's being spent" and "the person that made this mistake I can assure you is no longer with the city."

City officials would not say if the person was fired, only that they left staff in a "reorganization" before reports surfaced of the chair purchase.

The new chairs were ordered to replace original Warren Platner pieces that have been at Toronto city hall since it opened in the 1960s. The Platner replicas cost $2,495 each and are now sitting in the Member's Lounge, which is tucked behind the city council chamber.

The mayor says he has asked the city manager to look into whether the original chairs could be auctioned off to recoup some of the replacement costs.

"I'm very upset, and I can assure you it won't happen again," Ford said Friday afternoon. "I apologize to the taxpayers."

(CFRB, The Canadian Press)