Mayor hopefuls list priorities
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#1 Aug 30, 2011
Mayor hopefuls list priorities
Public safety, businesses are cited
By Paula J. Owen TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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FITCHBURG — All three mayoral candidates gathered publicly in an open forum for the first time last night.
Voters got to meet the candidates at a forum organized by the Twin Cities Tea Party in a close-to-packed Kent Recital Hall at Fitchburg State University.
The forum may be the only time all three candidates meet before the primary Sept. 27, when voters will narrow the field to two candidates to run in November’s election.
Justin Brooks, president of the Twin City Tea Party, said the candidates were asked beforehand not to target each other and to focus on issues concerning Fitchburg and how they plan to address them.
Mayoral candidates Kevin A. Lynch, of 48 Cedar St.; City Councilor Joseph D. Solomito, of 104 Rinnock Road, currently serving as Ward 5 city councilor; and Mayor Lisa A. Wong, of 50 Fitch Hill Ave.; discussed their platforms and fielded questions from the audience.
All three candidates said public safety and bringing businesses into the city were top priorities, but differed on what steps to take to improve on both fronts.
Mr. Lynch, a newcomer to politics and originally from Boston, said he’d put an end to “the good ol’ boys’ network” and business as usual by ending the practice of what he called “rubber stamping” everything that comes before City Council and the mayor.
He said he proposed to do away with the current union contract between the police and the city, increase pay for officers and decrease time off, but fell short of explaining how he would accomplish that when questioned by city councilors in the audience.
Officials, he said, need to market the city as pro-business and reduce crime rather than continue to increase taxes and fees.
Mr. Solomito, a lawyer, said he would focus on restoring the quality of life for residents in the city by prioritizing public safety, turning back on all the streetlights, repairing roads and increasing operating hours at the public library.
He said during campaigning door-to-door, the overwhelming response from the people of Fitchburg is that they are afraid for their safety.
“They believe Fitchburg is no longer a place to live or do business,” he said, and attributed the increase in break-ins and crime to the “present city administration” making public safety a very lower priority.
Ms. Wong is seeking her third term as mayor. She is the first minority to hold the top executive post in the city and was the first Asian-American mayor in the state.
She said she would continue to be fiscally responsible if re-elected and touted her efforts since taking office to increase the city’s stabilization fund and its bond rating despite the economic downturn and massive cuts to local aid from the state.
The city, she said, would continue to run efficiently doing more with less under her administration.
She said she would also continue to focus on the change that is needed to oust Unitil, the city’s utility provider.
#2 Aug 30, 2011
Thank you again to all those who participated in the Mayors forum.
I appreciated the opportunity to express my positions and proposals to the citizens of Fitchburg.
My position concerning the need to renegotiate the FPD union contract has nothing to do with the ability of our officers. The FPD is short staffed concerning second and third shifts.
The FPD has had 3-4 cruisers protecting the entire Fitchburg. I had sent a letter to Chief Demoura addressing this concern and other suggestions concerning changes needed to be made. I suggested to the Chief to change the shifts so the department doesn't have all officers changing at the same time so that the criminal element could not peg down their movement at the shift change leaving the streets empty for that time.
Chief Demoura has implemented this "shift overlay" where the second and third shifts have an overlay that provides 5-6 cruisers. Stating this our police department was overwhelmed last thursday where they needed to call in Leominster and the FSU police. My concern is that what is the resident that is being attacked or experiencing a home invasion on South st. at the same time?
Councilman Conry had asked how would this renegotiation take place. I explained that the public is at risk currently do to the Union contract that dissalows the accomodating of the certain shifts needs which puts public safety in jeopardy.
Now if the councilman was looking for an avenue to take concerning the call to bring the FPD union to the table. I would first state that at the least in the coming year as this contract AGAIN appears on his desk to make sure that "PUBLIC SAFETY" is priority one and to remove the rubber stamp from council chambers.
Other avenues that can be looked into are Federal laws that would allow the city to NEGATE the FPD union contract as it would be deemed self defeating to Public safety. In RI the Mayor utilized this federal law to address their union concerns and a need to renegotiate. Other Mayors have taken more extreme measures and have fired the entire PD and reorganized. Then there is the "Patriot Act" that could also be explored.
I am surprised that no one made the connection that would of brought this need more to the spotlight through Mayor Wongs statement? First, I would like to state that she did do well in negotiating the dispatcher contract as she was able to have them agree to much lower wages and only "6" days off in benefits a year. This is the lowest I believe that anyone could achieve in a contract; it is a bit extreme but it did get more done for less!
Now the comparison is this! It has been stated on here that the FPD recieves "52" days off a year in benefits! Now this Mayor signed off on an extension of the FPD contract last! If she was to take a position that would scale back these benefits even say to "42" days off this would be equivalent to being able to hire two more officers for second and third shift which would increase the cruisers to 7-8. At the same time OT cost would decrease minus ofcourse the two new officers regular pay rate!
#3 Aug 30, 2011
I thought u left the race, if u havent, please do. We dont want u kevin.
Since: Feb 10
#4 Aug 30, 2011
Your position concerning the need to renegotiate the FPD Union contract has NOTHING to do with the ability of our officers?
Lynch, when are you going to realize people are not as stupid as you would like them to be? Do you honestly think you can just change your reasoning at whim on any one particular agenda and think people will be so stupid as to believe you? You've been on these forums months and months on end identifying individual cops and other people of corruption and even have gone so far as accusing some of planning on “murder” you.
These are your own words Lynch. Are you lying?
“Now take the Union contract, if their contract demanded that the hardest working,law abiding, respectful and most professional officer concerning merit would have recieved promotions within the FPD then crime would be much lower than it is as the publics trust of the FPD would be much higher,JRs wouldn't be parking illegally hampering emergency vehicles,Tasca most likely would of retired as a patrolman,the FPD budget would have well over $500,000 more in its budget as it wouldn't have been stolen by the brass's accounting scheme.”
And explain this Lynch! Once again, these are your own words.
"You don't understand that there are hundreds of law abiding officers who are in line for their jobs; I say hire them all and get rid of those FPD members who hide behind their union and do nothing for Fitchburg but to protect their clique!"
And heres a real doozy Lynch, which pretty much puts your over the edge of sanity.
“Is the FPD officially involved in making threats and false statements on this forum? Is Chief Demoura himself involved? I find it curious that I send Chief Demoura an email and the contents of that email end up posted online within minutes!?
Is it my old friend Chief Kearns? Is it officer Ledoux? What about officer Fossa, the IA man in charge? Sgt. Fossa, were you at JRs the night in question? HMMM?
I am now convinced that the FPD has personally been harassing me online utilyzing department computers. Nice bunch! So which one of you have decided to shoot me? What is the scenario? Are you going to use a proven killer or are you going to chose someone to obtain redwings?”
So Lynch, now tell us once again, does your need to renegotiate the FPD union contract really have NOTHING to do with the ability of our officers?
#5 Aug 30, 2011
Your sole priority should be to locate-hopefully, out of state-a Psychiatrist who will see you at no cost as part of a case study.
Pardon the pun given your obvious sensitivities-but if you could not knock off Wong and Solomito given the conditions in this city you are one lousy candidate.
#6 Aug 30, 2011
wish the voters of Fitchburg were reading this forum so they would see what KEVIN LYNCH is really all about.
KEVIN LYNCH is a convicted murderer who spent years in our state prison system to the the brutal slaying he committed.
KEVIN LYNCH wants to run a city with a $100 million budget while he cannot even manage his own finances.
KEVIN LYNCH does not pay income taxes. He collects disability checks and food stamps while working under the table.
KEVIN LYNCH does not pay property taxes. He resides with his partner (also a convicted felon) at 48 Cedar Street in a home owned by his mother, Roberta Lynch.
KEVIN LYNCH and his partner, David Gonzalez are awaiting trial for on assault and battery charges.
KEVIN LYNCH lost his driver's license due to a road rage incident.
KEVIN LYNCH's rants on here demonstrate paranoid thinking. He alleges that members of the Fitcburg PD are out to kill him and members of his family. He has alleged that another member has incited homosexual violence against him and made the outrageous comment that FSU had to increase security at the mayoral debate for that reason.
Since: Feb 10
#7 Aug 30, 2011
They will be, after he just promoted it in the local paper (S&E) for all to see after he made it an issue. I'm sure people will be curious as to just what the threat he is talking about.
"Before the forum began, Lynch said he asked his family and friends not to attend the forum because of a death threat he received on the Internet. He contacted the police department and Fitchburg State University about the alleged threat.
An Aug. 21 post on Topix.com from "fat chance" replied to a post by Lynch and contained the line "someone needs to put a bullet in your head." Lynch replied in the thread the next day, but did not respond to the remark.
DeMoura said Lynch has been making a steady series of claims of being threatened for the four years since he's been with the Fitchburg Police Department, and the threats are not credible.
"There's only so many times you can cry wolf," said DeMoura. He said Lynch's frequent claims of being threatened have become a form of harassment against the police department.
Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/local/ci...
You see, all these forums are full of anonymous posters and as anyone with a little common sense knows there are always going to be some real whack jobs out there that make such stupid "threatening" comments. Apparently, Lynch didn't realize this when he decided to run his own campaign on these anonymous forums. Just another decision from someone who is “new” in politics.
#8 Aug 30, 2011
Your plan with the FPD makes no sense. You already stated that you want to give the FPD officers a higher salary. You think by cutting there days off will pay for 2 new officers? How can that be when you want to give the officers higher salaries? The savings from the decreased days off would end up going to the higher salaries, not new officers.
#9 Aug 30, 2011
I am glad to hear that Fitchburg Voters will be coming here to see what a raving lunatic Lynch really is. I just wish that they did not need to see the blatent lies he has told about others here in an effort to tarnish stellar repulations.
#10 Aug 30, 2011
Whack JOB!GET A LIFE! I would ask you to borrow money for my campaign but I hear you are flat BROKE!!
#11 Aug 30, 2011
Some facts regarding union contract wants in Fitchburg."Local police were critical of the search process early on, first because of the exclusion of acting Chief Philip J. Kearns from the list of finalists. Their feelings grew to outrage when Ms. Wong tapped the outsider from Lowell for the job.
Chief DeMoura was sworn in last week, and not a single member of the department showed up for the ceremony. Union officials have insisted there was no formal boycott of the event, but have since voiced mounting frustration over the lack of a contract. Police have gone two years without a raise, and several other unions are still in talks for new collective bargaining agreements."
#12 Aug 30, 2011
And I would ask you to pay back the $3,000 you owe me, but you are too busy paying for lap dances at your favorite male strip club in Springfield!
#13 Aug 30, 2011
I believe in Wong and she's doing the right thing. Lowell is a tough place, if you can get a handle on Lowell Fitchburg will be a walk in the park. We need this guy.
#14 Aug 31, 2011
You make it sound like Demoura is about to join the FPD and we are all about to see him sort out everything.
Demoura has been here for years now. As near as I can tell; things have gotten worse; not better. The criminals and the drug dealers seemingly have zero fear or concern of the FPD.
Meanwhile; all we hear is that the FPD is too understaffed to proactively do anything.
If Demoura was going to dazzle us all; and if sorting out Fitchburg was going to be a walk in the park after sorting out Lowell; we would have seen SOMETHING by now. But, again, things have gotten worse; not better.
In my opinion; Demoura is a failure as Chief. Meanwhile; the FPD ignores crime as they lay low and stay safely out of harms way.
In the private sector; you get paid for performance. And, you get sent packing for a lack of performance. Demoura would be out of a job in the private sector, due to a lack of performance. But, in the public sector, Demoura has it made: A big fat paycheck for zero performance!
#15 Aug 31, 2011
Criminals and drug dealers are not afraid of any law enforcement agency. So what is your point?
#16 Aug 31, 2011
that a criminal is the one posting about criminals and is so concerned about the lack of a public safety. And this same whack job is trying to tie up the police station with false reports of death threats.
#17 Aug 31, 2011
Dealing with criminals is not a black and white issue. If we arrested every criminal in the burg then what would be left? Maybe 30% of the population and all businesses would shut down. Although I don't agree there should be welfare these people are consumers. If Market Basket has a sale on Florida Oranges at $2.00 a box where is the profit margin? How did the oranges get here? Who stocked them? Who rang them up at the register and bagged them? Who paid the bills to keep the lights on and refrigerate? At the end of the day the market is lucky to break even.
#18 Jul 12, 2012
Hey Lynch, you were right. They pulled the rubber stamp out and didn't renegotiate the police contract. Same old, same old.
#19 May 22, 2013
Your campaign probably address this post before your announcement. It's a good thing to tie up loose ends before the campaign gets underway.
#20 May 23, 2013
It is insane. They do not spend a minute to negotiate the contract. Now they are stuck with an inflated pension and no way to pay for it. Crime has risen and they do not have the number of police to address it.
Drug dealing is so heavy that they receive more traffic than a McDonalds at lunch.
It is the same families running drugs and guns in Fitchburg for years, why???
Thank God for the state and federal authorities who patrol Fitchburg or it would be a total loss.
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