Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, September 17, Voters in District 1 will participate in a preliminary election. There will be three names on the ballot for District 1 City Council. The incumbent is not seeking re-election. SOURCE sent questionnaires to all three candidates. All three candidates returned them. District 1 is comprised of Precincts 1 & 2.
Age: “spirited energetic senior”
Which pronoun do you prefer?
Occupation: Retired engineer
Years lived in Framingham: 45
Family (optional): Married over 50 years; father and grandfather
Municipal experience: Town Meeting member for 12 years
In less than 250 words, why should someone vote you to represent them as a City Councilor?
You should vote for me because:
Having lived or worked in six large cities from Boston to New York, I know cities.
I understand Framingham and what needs to be accomplished.
I have developed 11 urgent high priority initiatives necessary to get Framingham moving forward to better days.
As a 12-year Town Meeting member always pushing for the residents of Framingham
I will stand by you and fight to ensure Framingham’s quality of life is what we all want – excellence,m affordability and good governance.
Do you support the budget approved by the City Council in June, including the increase for the schools? (yes or no) No
Should there be a moratorium on apartments in Framingham? (yes or no) Yes
Would you vote to fund the new police patrolmen’s union contract? (yes or no) Not yet
Do you support the Mayor’s decision to award the Nobscot Chapel to Andy Rose the owner of the Nobscot Plaza? (yes or no) No
Would you vote to override the Mayor’s veto on the appointment ordinance (yes or no) Not sure
Should the City purchase the Perini Building as its new City Hall? (yes or no) Yes, but as administrative space only
If yes, what would you do with the Memorial Building in downtown Framingham?
Memorial Building would remain as City Hall and meeting space.
Which City Council subcommittee would you wish to serve on?
Should all city notices go out in 3 languages – just like Framingham Public School notices? ( yes or no) yes, but is three the right number.
QUESTION #1: In your opinion, what is the biggest issue facing your district? How would you go about fixing it as a city councilor?
Taxes, water & sewer rates, school funding and performance, crime, public health and substance abuse/
QUESTION #2: Do you think Framingham is a safe community? Why or why not? How will you work with the mayor and the police department to make sure Framingham has a good quality of life?
No, the police department does have the personnel in place to match traffic enforcement and the crime situation in the City.
QUESTION #3: Residents in District 1 complain about the traffic on Edgell Road and Water Street. Is the Traffic Commission making a difference in Framingham? Why or Why not?
Such a large city-wide problem impacting commerce and day to day activities of our residents. The City Council chair and the Mayor should be on the traffic commission and get the job done.
QUESTION #4: What ordinance would you file to improve your district (or city-wide) if elected? Why?
Action ordinances demanding city-wide traffic study, municipal and school long-range planning, level 3 school solution, streamlining city-wide functions to promote better governance at a lower cost.
QUESTION #5: The executive branch and the legislative branches of government in the City of Framingham is the Mayor and the 11-member City Council. Give 3 specific ways the two branches of government can work collaboratively to improve the City for its residents and/or business owners.
City problems would be evaluated, quantified, by having the Mayor attend City Council meetings, working together to produce results on high priority issues first and foremost.
QUESTION #6: Which vote by the City Council, since January 2017, has made a difference in the City? Why?
None. It’s all been about maintaining status quo.
QUESTION #7: What vote by current District 1 City Councilor Charlie Sisitsky do you disagree with and why would you have voted differently?
Marijuana, budget, and Nobscot plus Eastleigh Farm and zoning.
QUESTION #8: Would you support the City Council re-zoning the largest parcel of land in Framingham to accommodate more business in the neighborhood? Why or why not?
Entire business, commercial/retail sectors needs to be re-assessed top to bottom relative to today’s conditions and a future outlook.
QUESTION #9: Why business is District 1 missing and how will you help bring that business to the City?
get answers to question #8 and then develop ane economic comprehensive growth plan package for Framingham for the next 25 years.
QUESTION #10: What vote as a Town Meeting member, Zoning Board member or Planning Board member do you regret and why?
Each vote I took at the time, was well evaluated, with the greatest likelihood toward positive results for the people of Framingham.