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Evangelidis brings experience, change - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 33 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 6, 2010, titled Evangelidis brings experience, change - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

In the race for sheriff of Worcester County, Lew Evangelidis brings integrity, innovation and professionalism to the table.

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Give me a break

Fitchburg, MA

#21 Oct 10, 2010
Womanizing? Alleged cokehead? Wow!!! Talk about grasping at straws. Lew is none of the above. Unqualified? Everyone knows that's untrue. Foley is a politician more than Lew will ever be. He has yet to give any insight into his plans for his role as sheriff because he doesn't have any. Instead he rests his laurels on the fact that he worked on a failed investigation into one of the most vile, corrupt individuals in MA history. All while Whitey's brother collected $600k from the state heading up UMASS. Failed investigation, heart disability pension, no plan for reform? Doesn't sound like a smart choice to me.
Adam

United States

#22 Oct 10, 2010
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>He worked 30 years for the SP, most of it in the tranches,he worked his way to the top job, that is not a cushy job desk job. Lew was a state rep and a former ADA for less than two years, can't get any "cushier" than that.
Boy, you Foley guys are unbelievable. It still doesn't answer the fact he left the SP under a disability pension when he was working a desk job and now he wants to work a desk job while collecting a disability pension. If he is no longer disabled, retire from the SP with a regular pension, that is taxed and that will probably be less than he is making now, if he is not willing to do that, he is taking advantage of the system.

Then, you go out there and throw out drug allegations against his opponent (yes, I did read that bloggers material, did you read her other stuff too, she has it in for everybody). I am now leaning towards Evangelidis because you guys are pretty disgusting in your dirty politics. I will consider Foley if he were to give up his disability pension and put in for a regular retirement.
AAA

Athol, MA

#23 Oct 10, 2010
Give me a break wrote:
Womanizing? Alleged cokehead? Wow!!! Talk about grasping at straws. Lew is none of the above. Unqualified? Everyone knows that's untrue. Foley is a politician more than Lew will ever be. He has yet to give any insight into his plans for his role as sheriff because he doesn't have any. Instead he rests his laurels on the fact that he worked on a failed investigation into one of the most vile, corrupt individuals in MA history. All while Whitey's brother collected $600k from the state heading up UMASS. Failed investigation, heart disability pension, no plan for reform? Doesn't sound like a smart choice to me.
Whats Lews plan for reform? everything he talks about is either being done and has been for several years, can't be done because there is no money, the only way that jail is going green is to build a new one and last the sheriff will not and does not have the power to implement some of these reforms. Many or should I most of you Lew supporters have no clue how the jail or the Sheriffs Dept operates. If you did you would know that Foley is the only qualified canidate. What does Lew have to offer? Big deal, he help pass a couple of bills and he was a ADA for less than two years. A security gaurd at WalMart is more qualified. On top of that it will cost the taxpayers at least $300k less over the course of the 6 years the Sheriffs is in office if Foley is elected.
The best for less

AOL

#24 Oct 10, 2010
Given all the facts I'll take Foley hands down, he's super, super qualified. The lew guy isnt even remotely qualified, he being sheriff is a scary thought. He's a lawyer and a politician, that's it he has no background managing a large number of people or a huge budget. That's why he would keep the current sheriff, no thanks.
Adam

United States

#25 Oct 10, 2010
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>Whats Lews plan for reform? everything he talks about is either being done and has been for several years, can't be done because there is no money, the only way that jail is going green is to build a new one and last the sheriff will not and does not have the power to implement some of these reforms. Many or should I most of you Lew supporters have no clue how the jail or the Sheriffs Dept operates. If you did you would know that Foley is the only qualified canidate. What does Lew have to offer? Big deal, he help pass a couple of bills and he was a ADA for less than two years. A security gaurd at WalMart is more qualified. On top of that it will cost the taxpayers at least $300k less over the course of the 6 years the Sheriffs is in office if Foley is elected.
First of all, I am a public employee and I get the same response from the people that don't want change, "...that will never work", "...we have already tried that", etc. Keep in mind, someone new may be able to take a different approach or knows how to network to get it done.

As I had said earlier, I have not made up my mind yet, but you Foley supporters are pushing me away, Evangelidis represented the town I live in and has done a lot of good for the town, I wouldn't sownplay his contribution as you are doing.

Lastly, how will electing Foley save the taxpayers money?
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#26 Oct 10, 2010
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all, I am a public employee and I get the same response from the people that don't want change, "...that will never work", "...we have already tried that", etc. Keep in mind, someone new may be able to take a different approach or knows how to network to get it done.
As I had said earlier, I have not made up my mind yet, but you Foley supporters are pushing me away, Evangelidis represented the town I live in and has done a lot of good for the town, I wouldn't sownplay his contribution as you are doing.
Lastly, how will electing Foley save the taxpayers money?
It's simple, as stated elsewhere if L.E. were to be elected he would collect the full salary, health benifits and the pension therefore costing the county 50 thousand more per year and over 300 hundred thousand over the 6 year term. Thats a hell of a lot money for someone whos not even close to Foleys qualifications. Numbers dont lie, no matter who wins Foley still gets the pension that he paid into for 30 years.
Adam

United States

#27 Oct 10, 2010
The best for less wrote:
<quoted text>
It's simple, as stated elsewhere if L.E. were to be elected he would collect the full salary, health benifits and the pension therefore costing the county 50 thousand more per year and over 300 hundred thousand over the 6 year term. Thats a hell of a lot money for someone whos not even close to Foleys qualifications. Numbers dont lie, no matter who wins Foley still gets the pension that he paid into for 30 years.
So Evangelidis would take the full salary but Foley would not because of his pension? If that is the case, Foley is taking advantage of the system by getting a TAX FREE disability pension, than taking a salary working in a job that is equal to the job he was too disabled to work at in the first place. Again, I am a public employee, and the pension I pay 11% of my pay into every two weeks is being questioned by many people because of someone like Foley, he is taking advantage of a system and I am supposed to be ok with that?

I said this in an earlier post, if he wants my vote, he will call PERAC and let them know he is cleared to work again, take the hit on his pension now, and then if he is elected, take a salary up to the level he is allowed. Otherwise don't use that as a perk, because he is screwing the taxpayer otherwise. I would rather take a so called "politician" than a crook.
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AOL

#28 Oct 10, 2010
You're certainly entitled to your opinion as I am, that being said, I'd rather have the much more qualified person and save the county 300k. No doubt you'll disagree but that's how I see it.
Adam

United States

#29 Oct 10, 2010
The best for less wrote:
You're certainly entitled to your opinion as I am, that being said, I'd rather have the much more qualified person and save the county 300k. No doubt you'll disagree but that's how I see it.
If that is how you as a Foley supporter back your candidate, thanks, but I will take the other guy. If Foley is willing to put it to the taxpayer by taking a disability pension when he can still work, what else is he willing to stick to the taxpayer. Thanks for helping me make my decision.
AAA

Athol, MA

#30 Oct 10, 2010
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all, I am a public employee and I get the same response from the people that don't want change, "...that will never work", "...we have already tried that", etc. Keep in mind, someone new may be able to take a different approach or knows how to network to get it done.
As I had said earlier, I have not made up my mind yet, but you Foley supporters are pushing me away, Evangelidis represented the town I live in and has done a lot of good for the town, I wouldn't sownplay his contribution as you are doing.
Lastly, how will electing Foley save the taxpayers money?
He represented your town, how is that experience to run a jail with 400 employees, 1100 inmates and a $40million budget. You maybe a public employee but you don't know how the jail or the Sheriffs department works, if you did then you would know that Lews so called idea's won't work or can't work. The sheriff is the jail keeper thats it. His job is to watch and protect inmates sent to him by the court, the Sheriffs position is nt as powerful as it once was. The DOC actually runs the jail, it's been that way since county government was desolved in the late 90's. People voted Glodis in because he was a state rep and the jail went from bad to worse. He worked one day week when he was home from school and 2 days a week in the summer and based on that people thought he was experianced and look what they got. Same poop, just different people. Even if Foley doesn't get elected he will still get his pension and the new sheriff will get paid a full salary + benifits. Foley already said he was going to take $50k less in salary and no benifits, that comes to a savings to taxpayers of $300k plus the cost of benifits over the 6 year term. I worked at the jail for 15 years both under Flynn and Glodis, and regret voting for Glodis, we alll wanted change and we got it. Foley is a proven and experianced administrator, He was the top cop in the state, managed 3000 employee's and a $250 million budget. He also worked in the DOC, starting out as a CO in his early career. All Lew supporters can come up with about Foley is his pension, Lew doesn't even come close to being qualified to a run the jail. As far as I know he's never been in the jail, at least Glodis wirked there one day a week. You want to vote for Lew because you are a loyal republican or you know him then do what you want but if you want some one with the background and education then Foley is the only choice. And by the way if anyone has the connections or the ability to network to get things done Foley would. The last thing the jail needs right now is a virgin administrator. Lew is all talk, he's telling people what they want to hear, Obama did that and look what we got.
The best for less

AOL

#31 Oct 10, 2010
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
If that is how you as a Foley supporter back your candidate, thanks, but I will take the other guy. If Foley is willing to put it to the taxpayer by taking a disability pension when he can still work, what else is he willing to stick to the taxpayer. Thanks for helping me make my decision.
You're quite welcome, no trouble at all.
need the facts

East Otis, MA

#32 Oct 20, 2010
Only one Candidate is not a Politician nor a Pension dipper. "Lew the State Rep" will not clearly state whether or not he'll take a pension. Personally I don't care if he does or not, but if he can't answer a simple question, then he won't bring anything new to the Jail.
I think you all need to really look at the Independant guy Nicholas. Check him out. He may not be 'El Presidente`' but he is a true working man with none of the issues the other two have.
AAA

Athol, MA

#33 Oct 20, 2010
need the facts wrote:
Only one Candidate is not a Politician nor a Pension dipper. "Lew the State Rep" will not clearly state whether or not he'll take a pension. Personally I don't care if he does or not, but if he can't answer a simple question, then he won't bring anything new to the Jail.
I think you all need to really look at the Independant guy Nicholas. Check him out. He may not be 'El Presidente`' but he is a true working man with none of the issues the other two have.
Nothing negative about Nicholas, he is more qualified than Lew but not even close to Foley. If Nicholas had managment experience he would be a threat. He may be a hard working man but the Jail needs someone with a background like Foleys. Maybe when Foley gets elected he could hire Nicholas as part of his administration. Lew won't answer any of the questions brought before him. He won't say anything about Glodis or Bove which says he does have plans for them "if" he got elected.

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