Ciota will be city's in-house attorne...

Ciota will be city's in-house attorney - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 22 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 26, 2009, titled Ciota will be city's in-house attorney - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Michael Ciota will serve as the city's first full-time, in-house attorney, after Mayor Lisa Wong authorized him to move into an office on the first floor of City Hall.

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Surprised

Leominster, MA

#1 Dec 26, 2009
I'm not. He'll be top ten on the highest paid list in a year.
city

Middletown, RI

#2 Dec 26, 2009
What a back door move. Transparency? She is such a snake. She always leaves just a little piece out of the picture to reel you in and then....
Voter

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Dec 26, 2009
city wrote:
What a back door move. Transparency? She is such a snake. She always leaves just a little piece out of the picture to reel you in and then....
and then ... she is able to do 'the people's business' for your average citizen, who as part of a majority of voters in the last two elections very simply elected her to finally do just that; rather than playing political games behind closed doors and within the good-old-boy phone network and helping only those who are in politics to take care of themselves.
Well Advised

Templeton, MA

#4 Dec 26, 2009
Why shouldn't the City have the benefit of full time legal advice and counsel? The City is a full time 24/7 business. It makes good business sense to cross the (T's) and dot the (I's) before the words are spoken or written. After all, in business and life you only have ONE chance to make a first impression. Let's do the right thing here and keep the politics out of this in the name of professionalism. Taking direction from a person charged with the responsibility paying attention to the "big picture" is justifiable and wise. As taxpayers, we expect the elected officials to serve us and carry out our will. We can think for ourselves and we think that the most progressive municipalities in the Commonwealth are the ones whose elected officials allow themselves to be guided by professional advice.
Fight the good fight

Harvard, MA

#5 Dec 26, 2009
Mayor Wong is on a mission. Ciota is setting up shop to fight the police union. They are ready to make some moves; YOU ARE FIRED!
Cleaning it up! In order to make the correct moves there has to be a Donald Trump around to state: "You Are FIRED". This will be the consequence that those will FINALLY face if they steal!!!!!!!
taxpayer

Templeton, MA

#6 Dec 26, 2009
I would think that hearing a word or two from one who is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar Association may well be as prudent as attempting to decipher Councilor Kaddy's pearls of wisdom.
info

Durham, CT

#7 Dec 26, 2009
city wrote:
What a back door move. Transparency? She is such a snake. She always leaves just a little piece out of the picture to reel you in and then....
What a sneak, where is the money comming from. where is she stealing it from, she is no good for the city Mayor GRINCH stole christmas decoration from the young and old, There wont be a 4th of july celerbration, but there will be one hell of a chinese new years What a underhanded move
IT IS FOR THE CHILDREN

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Dec 26, 2009
info wrote:
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What a sneak, where is the money comming from. where is she stealing it from, she is no good for the city Mayor GRINCH stole christmas decoration from the young and old, There wont be a 4th of july celerbration, but there will be one hell of a chinese new years What a underhanded move
Duh! I think they call it a cost vs reward analysis, not stealing. Fewer and fewer people are listening to crap like this post and spewed by some current and former members of the City Council, always faking that it is really all about the children and the elderly - let them look at cheap decoration for 1 month and maybe watch a 1 hour parade while the special interest in Fitchburg and Kaddy's friends on the police force continue to fill their pockets with little to show for it. I think not! Thanks Mayor Wong!
nothing new in the burg

Gardner, MA

#9 Dec 26, 2009
take and give take and give. SO MUCH for thr public safety package. Ciota was hired to cover Wongs back side. Money was suppost to be used for public safety not protection from the public. This was done for the up and comming Law Suits against the city by officers that will get caught up in the investigation and will of course have to be paid off, as the city ALWAYS does. 5000 to a retired cop in Lawrence, now 20000 plus to a solicitor. Almost a third of the money used has nothing to do with public safety or cost cutting.
city

Middletown, RI

#10 Dec 26, 2009
Voter wrote:
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and then ... she is able to do 'the people's business' for your average citizen, who as part of a majority of voters in the last two elections very simply elected her to finally do just that; rather than playing political games behind closed doors and within the good-old-boy phone network and helping only those who are in politics to take care of themselves.
She doesn't CARE about the average citizen, she is bringing in her own "good ol' boys network". Yup she IS a politician alright.
Hmmm

East Hartford, CT

#11 Dec 26, 2009
Don't in-house lawyers earn a fixed salary? Why would the city's lawyer be paid more for extra time worked? That's part of being a white-collar professional...you don't get paid over time!
lawyer

Gardner, MA

#12 Dec 26, 2009
for the mayor will be getting what 88k? plus? The mayor make in the 60s. I say put the funds together and give ONE PERSON 150K to run the city. This will attract the quality EXPERINCE we need in the burg!
JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Dec 27, 2009
if this is a move towards cleaning up the police department, good for her, do it now for wait for the FBI to come in and close it down.
Clean House

Templeton, MA

#14 Dec 27, 2009
JIm wrote:
if this is a move towards cleaning up the police department, good for her, do it now for wait for the FBI to come in and close it down.
Seems like a clean up is already in progress. Confidential secretary (gone), Domestic Violence Advocate (gone), Lieutenant (gone), Captain (sun is setting). More to come we are sure and it can only be for the best.
fitchburg front lines

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Dec 28, 2009
No matter what we do in terms of industrial or residential proposals, if we cannot make due with what we have now, via increased Public Safety (police/Fire), Main street revitalization, public services etc. It would be like sinking a ton of money to paint a car that that has a blown tranny and motor. The Public safety money we feel will do absolutely NOTHING to increase our public safety.(A large chunk is being used for the FPD investigations.) Unless it reestablishes the badly needed POLICE PRESENCE to deter crime away from the very areas the city is haggling with expansion proposals. As Fitchburg lawlessness continues to rise along with the declines in public services as well as increases in tax burdens to it's citizens. What we stand to gain will not be as much as what we have lost. The very core citizens that support the our current local businesses. Issues that face Fitchburg needs to be worked from the inside out, not the outside in. Until the general attitude toward where we are headed changes,only then will WE change. But given the present course the Mayor wants to lead us to, which is nothing more of the **** of a city, to get blood money grants. Fitchburg will continue to decline in the areas she wants money for. It's that simple! 2 million dollars being kept under the pillow doing nothing,when some funds could be used for some things to maintain, approve and attract what were looking for, is worth the gamble. It may stop the continued exiting older residential home owners who are cashing in on what little they have, and moving away to areas with lower costs of living and better public services they desire. The 97,500 for public safety will only maintain not increase any public safety measure Fitchburg needs NOW not SOMEDAY! The meeting on Day street promised funds would be used to boost patrols, not maintain what we have. We still think it would be a good idea to consider adding a extra officer in the 5 patrol cars we have. Through a administration change and some of the funds that are slated for overtime??,can be used for such changes. IT DOUBLES the number of police presence,uses the same amount of gas in the cars,and will most likely produce more arrests in petty crimes that plaques our city. From the Victims,concerned citizens and business owners that make up the Fitchburg Alliance for Public Safety and Awareness.
Stoner

Harvard, MA

#16 Dec 28, 2009
Clean House wrote:
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Seems like a clean up is already in progress. Confidential secretary (gone), Domestic Violence Advocate (gone), Lieutenant (gone), Captain (sun is setting). More to come we are sure and it can only be for the best.
Everyone is complaining about $5,000 being spent on an investigator will save us hundreds of thousands if the Mayor makes the moves that are necesssary.
Turning off the lights has made it tough on Fitchburg residents. The downtown area should of been decorated from end to end;this was a mistake that the mayor has made. We need to lift the spirit of the residents of Fitchburg.

The FPD needs serious change from the outside and the inside,it is corrupt to it's core. The money that will be saved can transform this city. We need correct management of the FPD. The Chief needs to change everyones shifts so that Fitchburg will be protected.If the Union doesn't like it, tell them to beat it,the residents must stand together against this union as they are not for the best interest of our city!

If the officers don't like it, they need to go! Hire fresh officers as many are looking for work. The current status will not improve Fitchburg at all.

Kaddy is our councilman that is suppose to be for the interest of Fitchburg. He needs to leave and get a job with the police union. This brass has been skimming for years;kearns,Louney,Tasca,Gall ant and others have to be brought to justice.
These officers have worked against the interest of Fitchburg for too long, we need to show them the door before they ruin Fitchburg more. And any officers whom are not going to do their job need to be let go!
We need to have a system that works!! This is long over due!!I say the only way to address this is to ask the Federal government if the city can hire them to do an audit and to run our police department so it can become operational.

The Mayor needs to follow through, money for public safety is not going to help if it is used for overtime, the force already collects $500,000 a year plus in overtime! What doesn't the city hire police to operate on second and third shift?? Then they need to layoff those that are contributing zero!
Ciota needs to comment

Harvard, MA

#17 Dec 28, 2009
The Public deserves some answers! We want resignations,firings,pulling of pensions and a refiguring of the entire force.
Ciota can call on the feds to investigate and call for an audit!
The longer the wait for info the more the public smells cover up in process!!
Real World

Braintree, MA

#18 Dec 28, 2009
Ciota needs to comment wrote:
The Public deserves some answers! We want resignations,firings,pulling of pensions and a refiguring of the entire force.
Ciota can call on the feds to investigate and call for an audit!
The longer the wait for info the more the public smells cover up in process!!
No, the longer we wait, the more thorough and comprehensive investigation will be done. I prefer to wait for things to be done RIGHT. Patience....
Tasca You R FIRED

Harvard, MA

#19 Dec 28, 2009
Let me say it "Tasca you are fired".
Kearns "you are fired"; no resignation,no retirement,just leave!
Louney, "your pension is null and void".
Gallant and any and all "brass" that stole money; we are calling on the federal government to freeze your assets until a proper audit is done!
Mr Anonymous

Augusta, ME

#20 Dec 15, 2010
Did you know that the date wherein she appointed attorney Ciota as a full time attorney in Fitchburg for the first of its' time move. Was just after Mr. Kunz reported RICO tactics that are done by more than one town worker who shake business owners that don't play by certain rules. In fact they tried to charge Mr. Kunz for having a noisy and disorderly house in late 2008 because they wanted his buildings for a developement. The irony is that their were never any arrests at his properties but they ignored many property owners wherein arrests of dealing tenants were made. Mr. Ciota uses your money to defend criminals he is supposed to prosecute and it is deeper than any of you think. They let Looney go BTW because he spoke out about some of what was going on from what I hear.

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