City Council To Vote on Mayoral Nominees to ZBA Tuesday

FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer nominated six individuals to the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals on October 24, more than a year after the 11-member City Council rejected her nominees in August 2018.

On Tuesday night, November 19, the appointment subcommittee will interview the six individuals and make a recommendation to the full City Council.

Nominated as full members of the ZBA were:

  • Current member Stephen Meltzer = Meltzer lives in District 6
  • Former Planning Board member Susan Bernstein. She lives in District 3.
  • Current alternate to the ZBA Edward ‘Ted’ Cosgrove. He lives in District 6.

A review at campaign finance reports from the state shows Meltzer nor Cosgrove donated money to the Mayor or any of the elected City Councilors. Cosgrove did donate $50 to Councilor-elect Janet Leombruno.

Bernstein, who listed her occupation as Realtor with Coldwell Banker, donated $100 to Mayor Spicer’s campaign on July 12, 2017. She donated another $100 to Spicer on October 19, 2017, and $50 to the Spicer’s campaign on November 19, 2018.

Bernstein also donated $50 to District 4 City Councilor Michael Cannon on April 24, 2019. and she donated 4100 to at-large City Councilor George P. King Jr. on July 29, of this year.

Current Zoning Board members Phil Ottaviani Jr. and Susan Craighead did not re-apply this time. Ottaviani did apply in 2018, but was not nominated by the Mayor for re-appointment in 2018.

Mayor Spicer also donated three individuals as alternate members to the ZBA.

They were:

  • Current alternate Rick McKenna, who lives in District 1.
  • Heather O’Donnell, who lives in District 7
  • Lap Yan, who lives in District 5

Looking at the state campaign finance records, none donated money to Mayor Spicer not any of the City Councilors between 2017 and November 1, 2019.

Bernstein is also the last elected official in Framingham to be cited by the State Ethics Commission. You can read the legal ruling by clicking here.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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