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FRAMINGHAM – The newest appointee to the Framingham Disability has not attend any meetings, since his appointment.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer nominated Andrew Cummings from District 5 to the Commission in April. The 11-member City Council unanimously approved the appointment in May.

There have been five meetings since he was approved, but Cummings has never attended a meeting.

Cummings told SOURCE due to COVID-19 he needed to get a new computer. He added he has been checking in with the chair Ricky Finlay.

But Finlay said the Commission has struggled for quorums, and he doesn’t understand why Cummings has not participated. Finlay said he even has dropped packets for meetings at Cummings’ home and provided him the number to call in via phone vs video in to meetings to participate.

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The 7-member Commission requires four members for a quorum. Cummings has not attended, and member Laura Keith, appointed by Mayor Spicer in 2019 through 2022, resigned this year, leaving a vacancy.

Mayor Spicer has nominated four members since 2018.

  • Tessa Le Roux only served one year from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019.
  • Keith was appointed to start July 1 2019, and resigned this year,
  • Sheryl Goldstein was appointed in 2018. Her term ends June 30 2022.
  • Cummings appointed in April 2020

Members Finlay and co-founder Karen Foran Dempsey’s terms expired on June 30, 2020, but both continue to serve on the Commission, until the Council approves the Mayor’s newest appointments.

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In July, Mayor Spicer chose not to re-appointed Dempsey to the Commission she co-founded.

The Mayor nominated on July 23, Finlay and District 4 resident Meghan Todd for the two 3-year seats, and District 4 resident Tyler Terrasi for a 2-year term to end on June 20, 2022.

In August, the City Council voted 9-1-1, to reject all the mayor’s nominations to the Framingham Disability Commission.

On September 3, the Mayor re-nominated the exact same three individuals to the Disability Commission.

The City Council may vote on those nominations at its Sept 15 meeting.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.