Candidate Questionnaire – Ward Councilor

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The questions below were emailed to Ward Councilor candidates on Monday, October 26th with a deadline of Friday, October 30th at 11:59pm. Answers appear under each question in ward order and the order the candidates are on the ballot. Candidate links are at the bottom. Unchallenged ward councilors were also given an opportunity to respond. (Email addresses were sourced from CityofLynn.net for incumbents and from recent local election coverage to ensure they were up to date.)

Also see: At Large Councilor Questionnaire / School Committee Questionnaire

LH: What roles can the City Council can play in helping to increase civic engagement and promote strong communities throughout the city?

WARD 1
WAYNE A LOZZI – unchallenged
WARD 2
WILLIAM R. TRAHANT, JR. – unchallenged
WARD 3
DARREN P. CYR – unchallenged

WARD 4
RICHARD C. COLUCCI – I strongly believe that the Lynn City Council can utilize the Internet and social media sites to increase civic engagement and promote strong community ties throughout the City. It is disheartening to me that so few people attend the Lynn City Council meetings. However, broadcasting on local cable stations and Internet broadcasting on sites such as lynnhappens.com allow much greater citizen access to issues effecting the citizens of Lynn. The use of the Internet and social media sites such as Facebook allow citizens to voice their needs and concerns as well as to offer innovative solutions to the many issues facing a large urban city such as Lynn.

Far too many citizens believe that their voices are not heard by their federal, state and local elected leaders. Local officials such as City Councilors must take strides in ensuring that they can reach out to all persons across the spectrum. I believe that the Internet and social media site provide a great resource tool to share information and ideas. I would not pretend that any single elected official has all of the answers to improve the City. Only by reaching out to the populace, can we all work together to make the great City of Lynn an even better place to live, work and play.

ARIANA MURRELL-ROSARIO – Answer: Increasing civic engagement and promoting strong communities starts with cultural awareness and immersion. Therefore, councilors should make a concerted effort to get to know the various cultures within the city. This can be done by attending various cultural events, forming connections with various residents around the city who can help councilors learn and understand the diverse communities in which the council should be serving and aiding.

WARD 5
MARVEN-RHODE HYPPOLITE – Not received
DIANNA CHAKOUTIS – Not received

WARD 6
PETER L. CAPANO – unchallenged – The Council should and does either individually or as a body provide formal and informal settings for residents in Lynn to discuss and provide input into new or ongoing issues that concern them and their neighborhoods throughout the city.

WARD 7
BRIAN M. FIELD – The role the City Council can play in helping to increase civic engagement and promote strong communities throughout the city is to be more responsive to the residents’ concerns. I’ve been asked many times throughout this campaign about what the number one issue facing this city is. I’ve learned the answer to that question is, there are a number of “number one issues facing our city”. It all on depends who you are asking. If you ask a parent with a child or children attending one or more of our Public Schools they may tell you the size of the classrooms. Another resident may say “crime”. A parent that may be dealing with a child addicted to drugs will tell you we need to do more as a community to control this drug epidemic. I’ve asked the residents in Ward 7 how the Council can be more responsive and these were their issues. Enough isn’t being do to make our streets safer. Enough isn’t being done to combat the drug issues we are facing. Enough isn’t being done for our Public School children. Increasing our Public Safety Budget is an investment to our future. Be responsive to the residents by listening and not just talking about what we are doing as a city. Their concerns will be my concerns if elected on November 3rd.

JOHN JAY WALSH, JR. – My name is John “Jay” Walsh, Jr. I am a new candidate for Ward 7 Councilor. If elected, I will be a hands-on, hard-working Ward 7 Councilor. My family and I already are very active in the Ward 7 community. We take pride in our neighborhood, and in assisting
members of our community. As your new Ward 7 Councilor, I will return phone calls, respond to emails, attend community meetings and events, and be available to meet face to face with community members as a way to help increase civic engagement and promote strong communities.

LH: What specific ideas do you have for reaching out to ward residents and maintaining open and productive lines of communication?

WARD 1
WAYNE A LOZZI – unchallenged
WARD 2
WILLIAM R. TRAHANT, JR. – unchallenged
WARD 3
DARREN P. CYR – unchallenged

WARD 4
RICHARD C. COLUCCI – As I referenced above, the power of the Internet and social media sites is endless. These resources are perhaps the most efficient and timely manner to receive feedback from the voters of Ward Four and the citizens of Lynn. The Internet and social media are also a great way to connect with the younger citizens of Lynn who are Lynn’s future.

However, I recognize that not every citizen of Lynn has access to the Internet or social media sites or are proficient in using these tools. Therefore, as your Ward Four Councilor, I feel it is vitally important to meet voters directly by knocking at their door and scheduling neighborhood meets to discuss their concerns. I also think it is very important, as I have done consistently throughout my tenure as City Councilor, to send regular mailings to all Ward Four residents notifying them of important issues facing our community.

ARIANA MURRELL-ROSARIO – Answer: Two years ago when I first ran for city council ward 4, I spoke about the importance of making changes to our city charter to allow monthly public meetings with residents and department heads so that the issues and concerns of residents could be heard and addressed. City council meetings are virtually empty because of developing apathy amongst the residents that they are not being heard and their issues fall on deaf ears (in fact, residents are not allowed to speak unless the matter is on the council agenda) . The solution is so simple, it begs the question, why has it not been implemented by the council?

WARD 5
MARVEN-RHODE HYPPOLITE – Not received
DIANNA CHAKOUTIS – Not received

WARD 6
PETER L. CAPANO – unchallenged – I make my cell phone and email available to anyone that wants it. We also have regularly scheduled Ward 6 meetings at Lynn Tech and the Lynn Police Community room in some neighborhoods and impromptu meetings when issues of concern arise from time to time.

WARD 7
BRIAN M. FIELD – My only specific idea to maintain open and productive lines of communication is exactly what I have done throughout our campaign, listen. Residents want to know you are listening to them. I am ready to be their Ward 7 Councilor. I have listened to their concerns. I have done my best to answer those concerns. I tell each and every resident I meet “my home phone number is listed there. Any ideas or concerns that you may have, please reach out to me.” My time is their time. I work for them. That is how I will serve as their Ward 7 Councilor.

JOHN JAY WALSH, JR. – As part of this campaign, I am making multiple visits to each and every street in Ward 7. It has been a pleasure both to come across old friends, and to get to know folks who I’ve never before met. The comments and concerns that I’ve heard along the way will help me to be a more informed candidate and, if elected, Councilor.

LH: What will you be able to do as a ward councilor to help improve public safety and reduce crime?

WARD 1
WAYNE A LOZZI – unchallenged
WARD 2
WILLIAM R. TRAHANT, JR. – unchallenged
WARD 3
DARREN P. CYR – unchallenged

WARD 4
RICHARD C. COLUCCI – As the Ward Four Councilor, I have tirelessly worked to improve public safety and to reduce crime. I have been a strong supporter of community policing and bicycle patrols. This is an effective deterrent to crime as it results in greater police visibility to the public. I am proud that through the assistance of the City Council, community policing was restored this summer. Crime in Lynn has continued to decline in 2014 and 2015. I have supported the affiliation between the Lynn Police Department and the Behavioral Health Unit to fight the effects of drug dependency in the City. Drug overdoses have risen significantly and as your Ward Councilor, I am committed to finding funding sources to deal with this problem head-on. I am committed to finding funding so that the Lynn Police Department can hire additional uniformed officers to combat crime. As a long-time member of the City of Lynn Finance/Ways and Means Committee, I have supported every financial transfer request submitted to fund our Police and Fire Departments.

I also support regular town hall events where members of the Lynn Police Department and Lynn Fire Department can meet directly with the residents of the City of Lynn to discuss their issues. Direct interaction between public safety officers and members of the public is a vital tool in reducing crime. As a City Councilor, I supported legislation creating a text a tip line where the public could anonymously report suspicious activity to the Lynn Police. I believe that I have been a strong ambassador to the public safety needs of our community and will continue in that role over the next two years.

ARIANA MURRELL-ROSARIO – Answer: Community policing and implementing crime watch neighborhoods would be excellent initiatives. This should also lessen the fear that residents have towards police officers and vice versa. M.G.L Chapter 41 Section 98B establishes a foot patrol statutory provision for cities and towns who adopt this provision of law whereby police foot patrols would become mandatory

(one officer per every 10,000 residents). This is an excellent opportunity for police officers to interact with various communities, learn about problems and issues in any given neighborhood, and be proactive at developing solutions thereby tailoring law enforcement needs to various neighborhoods in our city. Since it is only one officer per 10,000 residents it should not foster any mindset of Lynn being a “police state” city.

WARD 5
MARVEN-RHODE HYPPOLITE – Not received
DIANNA CHAKOUTIS – Not received

WARD 6
PETER L. CAPANO – unchallenged – I try to stay in touch with what is going on in our neighborhoods. I have always advocated for and supported efforts to increase Community Policing which I believe is very effective. Also I am on the board of LYSOA and am a founding member of the “Stop The Violence, Lynn”. have either organized or supported many youth programs over the years to try and steer children away from gangs and drugs and into sports or the arts.

WARD 7
BRIAN M. FIELD – I will work with the Mayor and the Council to fully fund Public Safety. An investment in Public Safety is an investment into our future. I will work to increase our allocations by the State and Federal Governments. We cannot prosper as a community if we don’t feel safe.

JOHN JAY WALSH, JR. – I hope to improve our neighborhoods, including through reduction in crime. That means making sure enough police officers are on the street, especially through community policing. It also means creating opportunities and programs for our youth after school. Right now, it especially means addressing substance abuse, which isn’t just a Lynn issue, but a national issue that has touched everybody. I don’t think locking everyone up is the answer, but rather it is finding treatment for addicts and supporting their families.

LH: Please share your thoughts on the physical conditions of Lynn’s schools and how you as a City Council member would like to influence both maintenance of existing assets and the building of new schools.

WARD 1
WAYNE A LOZZI – unchallenged
WARD 2
WILLIAM R. TRAHANT, JR. – unchallenged
WARD 3
DARREN P. CYR – unchallenged

WARD 4
RICHARD C. COLUCCI – As the longest serving City Councilor, I am proud of my efforts in the past fifteen years in seeing the construction of a new Lynn Classical High School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School which will be opening in early 2016. I was also actively involved in securing necessary legislation to permit significant renovations and repairs to Lynn English High School, Lynn Vocational & Technical Institute as well as several elementary schools. Just in the past several months, the Lynn City Council approved Council Orders that have begun the process for a new Pickering Middle School. A Feasibility Study will be underway shortly to determine the best site for Pickering. I am also hopeful that as part of this plan, significant improvements and repairs can be made to the Breed Middle School. These past and future projects were all completed with 80 – 90% of the funding coming from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, Lynn is an older urban school district which has many elementary schools that are over a century old. I am hopeful by 2018, all three public high schools and all three middle schools will have been either constructed anew or undergone major renovations and improvements in the past 20 years. Once these projects are completed, it will be imperative that the City turn its attention to our aging elementary schools. Having been directly involved in past and on-going projects, I believe I will be an effective leader in securing the necessary votes and commitments from the state to ensure that our elementary schools are replaced with new facilities of our children’s youth.

ARIANA MURRELL-ROSARIO – Answer: I am aware that many of our public schools are in deteriorating condition. This is due to the fact that ample funds over the years have not been designated to a capital outlay fund (a account designated for repair, upgrade and improvement of capital assets). This is a budgetary restructuring issue that would need to be addressed by the Council and Mayor. Other measures to address this issue could be a one time local assessment to property taxes or some measure similar in nature, but its important to look at the budget first before implementing any assessment measures.

WARD 5
MARVEN-RHODE HYPPOLITE – Not received
DIANNA CHAKOUTIS – Not received

WARD 6
PETER L. CAPANO – unchallenged – I am aware of the physical condition of many of our schools and have supported and advocated for new construction and have consistently voted to pay for maintaining existing structures, including bonding for new roofs and heating systems for some of our schools. I believe that more of our schools should be open at night to provide educational and recreational opportunities for Lynn residents. I also believe that the trend to privatization of custodial services will not improve the appearance or cleanliness of our schools and is a mistake that will also make it much harder to use some of our schools after hours.

WARD 7
BRIAN M. FIELD – The new Marshall Middle School is the first Public School built in the City of Lynn in almost 20 years (Lynn Classical). The construction failures at Lynn Classical have severely strained our ability to fiscally maintain needed maintenance at our Public Schools. We are in the infancy period now where responsible decisions need to be made by the City Council. We cannot afford to err during this period. As Ward 7 Councilor I will support increases to construction and maintenance budgets for our Public Schools.

JOHN JAY WALSH, JR. – The strengths of Lynn’s schools are in its students, families, and educators. The deserve better facilities. I applaud the city in recent years for starting the process of rebuilding school buildings, and for making improvements such as new windows at Breed and a new roof at Teach. As Councilor, I would continue the process of seeking assistance from the state School Building Authority to build or improve schools, which helps in turn to ensure smaller class sizes and improve education overall in Lynn.

LH: As a new or returning councilor, please detail three things you would like to accomplish in the upcoming term.

WARD 1
WAYNE A LOZZI – unchallenged
WARD 2
WILLIAM R. TRAHANT, JR. – unchallenged
WARD 3
DARREN P. CYR – unchallenged

WARD 4
RICHARD C. COLUCCI

I believe that replacing our aging schools must be a top priority for the next Lynn City Council. The new Thurgood Marshall Middle School will open in early 2016. With the combined assistance and collaboration of the Lynn City Council, the Lynn School Committee, Dr. Latham and the state delegation, I believe that a new Pickering Middle School will be completed before 2018. Our elected leaders will next be required to secure the necessary state funding to replace our elementary schools.

The City’s waterfront contains prime real estate that will eventually transform the face of Lynn. I am proud to have supported the removal of the powerlines away from the ocean freeing up acres of land for development. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the City to revitalize the City’s skyline while transferring much needed tax monies to the City. These tax dollars will enable us to make strides in public safety and education. As City Councilor, I will be active in seeking out developers to transform Lynn’s waterfront with mixed residential and commercial high-rise buildings.

As always Ward Councilors must on a daily basis serve the basic needs of the constituents of Ward Four. Ensuring that potholes are repaired immediately, snow is removed to allow for travel and street lights are fixed are perhaps the most important aspects as serving as a Ward Councilor. These “smaller” issues have a direct effect on the quality of life of the residents of our Great City. I will continue to work with the Department of Public Works and Inspectional Services Department to ensure that these issues are addressed in a timely manner. I respectfully once again ask for your vote on November 3rd.

ARIANA MURRELL-ROSARIO
1. A restructuring of Lynn’s residential tax burden to a more equitable one. Lynn’s residential property tax class is shouldering 75% of the tax burden, the highest in any given city or town in Massachusetts.

2. Budgetary restructuring allowing for increased services and increases in capital outlay funding.

3. Addressing impediments to waterfront development and also working to foster communication with our various communities to address problems and concerns of residents.

WARD 5
MARVEN-RHODE HYPPOLITE – Not received
DIANNA CHAKOUTIS – Not received

WARD 6
PETER L. CAPANO – unchallenged –
a) CSO project in West Lynn
b) Opening up Lynn Tech at night to provide ESL, ABE and vocational opportunities for Lynn residents to learn skills they need to find living wage jobs.
c) Although I fully and actively support the efforts to revitalize the downtown and the waterfront. I believe that we need to focus a little bit more on some of our existing traditional neighborhoods, many who have lived their for a long time ,that have been in need of infrastructure improvements and attention for years. As we work to attract new residents we cant forget the people who live here now.

WARD 7
BRIAN M. FIELD – As a newly elected Councilor I would like to see an increase in Public Safety. I would like to see construction continue for Public Schools. Third, I will encourage a new “Pride in Parks” program throughout Ward 7 and the entire City of Lynn. I am ready to work for you.

JOHN JAY WALSH, JR.
First, I hope to improve our neighborhoods, including our sidewalks, streets, and trees, but also through reduction in crime and addressing substance abuse. Second, I hope to improve our public placing, including parks and playgrounds as well as schools and public buildings. Finally, I hope to preserve our natural resources, including Lynn Woods and the Saugus River which are both within Ward 7, but also the beaches, ponds, and other natural resources throughout Lynn.

Candidate links for further information –

Ward 1
Wayne Lozzi – https://www.facebook.com/VoteLozzi

Ward 2
Bill Trahant – not found

Ward 3
Darren Cyr – not found

Ward 4
Rich Colucci – none found
Ariana Murrell-Rosario – https://www.facebook.com/ArianaMurrellRosarioWard4Lynn/

Ward 5
Marven Hyppolite – https://www.facebook.com/Marven4Lynn/
Dianna Chakoutis – https://www.facebook.com/Committee-to-Elect-Dianna-Chakoutis-138827479656234/

Ward 6
Peter Capano – none found

Ward 7
Brian Field – http://fieldforlynn.com
Jay Walsh – www.facebook.com/Jaywalshforward7

Sample ballots for each ward can be found here.


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