UPDATED: Gatsas brother says Manchester mayor recovering from bypass surgery
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas thanks Greek Orthodox Bishop Metropolitan Methodios of Boston for presenting the inauguration Invocation at the Palace Theatre. (BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER FILE)
The Union Leader has learned that the mayor was to undergo gall bladder surgery.
The mayor's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the nature of the medical procedure.
On Monday, Gatsas released a statement that said he conferred with his doctors last week and "it was determined that I should undergo a medical procedure" Tuesday morning.
Samantha Piatt, Gatsas' chief of staff, said no further details would be released on the procedure.
Piatt said the mayor expected to make a full recovery, and would continue working with aldermen during his convalescence. She said that "no further details" would be released out of respect for the mayor's privacy.
"I fully expect to be back at City Hall working on behalf of Queen City residents in the coming weeks," Gatsas said in his statement prior to the surgery. "In the meantime I will engage with city leaders while also attending to my health."
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen had posted a public hearing on the city budget proposed by Gatsas for 6 p.m. Tuesday night.
That meeting will be held as scheduled, as will a meeting of the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting to follow.
Alderman-At-Large Dan O'Neil, the chairman of the board of aldermen, will preside over the meeting, as he will at any other meetings normally chaired by the mayor. School board meetings will be presided over by board vice chairman, at-large member Dave Wihby.
Gatsas was to give his "State of the City" address this morning before the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at St. Anselm Institute of Politics, but that has been postponed. Other meetings where the mayor's attendance is critical will be postponed and rescheduled, according to his office staff.
Gatsas said in his statement that he is confident that, through a coordinated effort by city department heads and staff, city business will be attended to as usual.
In a prepared statement Monday from CMC, Gatsas said: "After conferring with my doctors last week, it was determined that I should undergo a medical procedure tomorrow morning."
The mayor's office had released Gatsas' public schedule on Friday indicating that he would be participating in a number of events this week, including the public hearing on the budget slated for 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall.
"I fully expect to be back at City Hall working on behalf of Queen City residents in the coming weeks," Gatsas said. "In the meantime I will engage with city leaders while also attending to my health."
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