The following is an announcement submitted by the candidate, per the Framingham Source election policy. As per the policy, the statement is published below as submitted.
Selectman Charlie Sisitsky has announced his candidacy for City Council in District One.
He cited his many years of experience in municipal government as unique qualifications to help lead the transition from town government to city government.
“As we approach an historic election in Framingham, it is important that people with extensive knowledge about Framingham’s issues and operations be involved in the new government,” said Sisitsky.
As a long-time selectman, Sisitsky worked over the years with a large and diverse number of board members as well as four different town managers. He has demonstrated consistent ability to work cooperatively and effectively with everyone for the best interests of the community. During his tenure on the Board of Selectmen, Framingham has been well-served by a very dedicated and competent management team that has worked hard to insure consistently excellent municipal services including public safety, education, parks and recreation, library services, health and public works. The community has maintained good relations with its corporate citizens and worked hard with them to meet their needs. Sisitsky stressed the fact that Framingham has maintained financial stability, an enviable and stable bond rating, adequate stabilization funds, and four consecutive years of reduced tax levy assessments which translates to direct savings to all taxpayers in the community each year.
Sisitsky has lived in Framingham since 1971. His four children all went to Framingham public schools and received excellent educations. His service to the community began with the Potter Road PTO. He then became a town meeting member, a finance committee member, and since 1998, an elected member of the Board of Selectmen. He has been married to Robin Kaye since 2013.
Sisitsky’s professional experience includes twenty years as the public works director for the town of Natick, eight years as Natick’s planning director and ten years as the planning director for the City of Medford. In these roles, he personally managed tens of millions of dollars in public budgets and oversaw the work of hundreds of municipal employees, contractors and consultants. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s degree in community planning and area development from the University of Rhode Island.
In Framingham, Sisitsky has been the selectmen’s representative to a number of committees and currently serves on the Traffic and Roadway Safety Committee, the utility billing abatement board, and community connections. He is also presently the Chair of the Fuller school building committee.
THE ROAD AHEAD
Looking toward the future, Sisitsky stated that he wants to continue his work to protect the open spaces of the northwest quadrant and other areas of town, insure the completion of the Village Hall accessibility and safety code upgrades, and insure successful implementation of a new Saxonville fire station combined with upgrades to Athenaeum Hall. He also wants to continue planning for upgrades to our school facilities, and work with the neighborhoods to properly/appropriately redevelop the Nobscot shopping center. He also stated that he plans to continue to work with the business community to insure their inclusion in discussions regarding economic development and tax rate decisions.
“In summary,” stated Sisitsky, “I am an experienced problem solver with an extensive background and knowledge about municipal government operations. I have the ability and desire to successfully be part of the important transition from the Town of Framingham to the City of Framingham and beyond. I am committed to working cooperatively with our new Mayor and make our new government work in the best interests of everyone.”
People are invited to view Charlie’s Face book page at “Charlie Sisitsky for City Council District 1” or feel free to email him at email@example.com.