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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Councilor-at-Large - We need to pick 4 of 6

The six are

Shneeberg
Cahill
Crowley
Phelan
Meimeteas
Duffy

That's also the order. I should take Duffy off the list so you never hear his name again. Google Steven Duffy and read about his tax situation. But more importantly, listen to him debate while he chews his gum. Honestly! GUM! When asked about Downtown, he has no faith that anything can be done. We'll never see the Downtown Lynn we once knew. Really???

Meimeteas seems like a nice guy, but is very disappointing from a poitical angle. To listen to him you'd think I wouldn't be able to even leave my apartment in Central Square without getting shot. He took his business out of downtown and moved it over towards Buchanan Bridge. Oh well.

So those are my two NOs

I have two Maybes. Phelan and Crowley - They are both fine in my opinion. Crowley slightly outweighing Phelan.

That leaves me with two absolute YES votes. Eugene Shneeberg and Dan Cahill - Both have real visions for the Downtown area and Lynn as a whole. Eugene is the real deal. Working with kids to get them into more productive uses of their time outside of school. He has a proven track record of helping to bring real grant money into this city. Let this work continue on a grand scale. We all will benefit from his leadership. Cahill also has a great approach when it comes to downtown. Get Lynners to invest in itself. Go downtown to eat. Go downtown to purchase goods.


These are my opinions. I don't think they changed as I heard them answer each question from when I heard their opening remarks on lynnhappens.com knights of columbus debate. http://lynnhappens.com/?p=271

DO NOT vote for Duffy

VOTE for Eugene Shneeberg and Dan Cahill

But more importantly, don't listen to me. Watch the debate and make up your own mind.

-Corey

The City of Lynn, MA - Why do I care?

I think it's important to take a time out from the campaigning and talk about why we care. I've lived in many different places over the years and elections have come and gone and I've barely noticed. Three years ago, I decided to become a homeowner. I knew I wanted a loft but that was about it. My real estate agent took me to Lawrence, Lowell, Salem, Boston, Cambridge, Sommerville, and finally to Lynn. I fell in love with Downtown Lynn almost instantly. No one lived in my building at the time, but I immediately saw the potential. There were ZERO businesses in Central Square (even the Dunkin Donuts didn't exist). I thought back to my parents stories of Lynn growing up and how we would always be here visiting my grandparents. I'm fighting for their Lynn. The Lynn of which Charlie and Marion Hersey were proud to be a part. The Lynn that Claude and Madeliene Jackson lived in happily for years. The Lynn where Charlie Hersey (stage name "Ken Stone") entertained in Manning Bowl and on Lynn radio for years.

My dad used to work right across the street from the now burned-down Capitol Theatre. The business had live chickens which were killed fresh for the patrons. (ummm... kind of glad that shut down). Every time my parents visit they reminisce about the stores they used to go to on Union Street. About the pharmacy in Central Square where they used to go after school to get Tuna Fish sandwiches. Not sure why the pharmacy sold tuna, but it apparently was the best tuna in town. :-)

Over the past month, I've got to meet some wonderful people working for the campaign. Retired GE employees, former educators, lifelong residents, and retired and active firefighters. As I listen to these people, It makes me so happy I made the decision to come back here. To start a third generation of living in Lynn for the Jackson and Hersey families. I already see progress that has been driven by the residents who chose to move here. We now need to elect the right leaders to help us. When you go to place your vote on November 3rd, make sure who you vote for is someone who is going to help the residents with the next leap forward. Someone who is going to drive Lynn over the next 4 years to an even more beautiful place then it already is.




-Corey

Downtowners Campaigning for Judy Flanagan Kennedy




Had a great day out in Wyoma Square, on Boston Street in front of Stop & Shop, and at the corner of Washington and Western Ave. Thanks for the all the support with the beeps and thumbs up! Get out the vote on November 3rd.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Lynn Mayoral Debate - Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce

The morning started out with a nice brekafast from the Porthole Restaurant and a greeting from The Mayor's Wife. "COREY JACKSON, how are you?" Wow, she knows my name. Either they're scared, or I should be :-) lol

So I'm not gonna lie, when residents aren't invovled, the debates are boring. I think that's a sign of what a dynamic community we are and the fact that commercial business hasn't been a priority so there didn't seem to be a lot of passion in the room. The debate was sort of 50/50 for me. Of course, you know my bias, but neither candidate really pushed any of my buttons. They answered questions on jobs, parking, safety, permitting, licensing, communication, taxes, library funds, and our image problem. Personally I don't think "Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin" needs to be a bad thing. Look at the marketing for Vegas. I think they draw in a few consumers.

Both candidates seem to be out of touch on the ISD. Everytime I hear about that organization, I don't hear good things. Poor Tatiana being harrassed about her awning. Taco's Lupita having to paint over a beautiful sign with black paint. I think something is wrong every time I drive by there now. The poor guy with the awesome signs in that building on the corner of Washington and Union getting hassled because he's adding some creativity and color to the area.

So, from this perspective, Judy still gets my vote. She seems to be more open to actually managing the ISD department. Make sure that department is doing it's job and listening to the business community of Lynn. Mayor Clancy simply stated that that's what the ISD should do on a day to day basis. It should not be the job of any elected official. ummm.... ok. Chip made some good points around getting more of the ISD documents and best practices online and into how-to guides. Judy was on the committee to form the ISD and has been to Quincy, Boston and other local communities in order to establish an organization that will work for the city of Lynn.

On jobs, both pointed to the waterfront as a catalyst. THe Mayor pointed out the great potential for immediate construction jobs as we move the power lines and begin work on whatever will be built there. Judy's response to this was a bit more visionary in my opinion. Judy would like to see something on the order of the Pavillion in Boston to bring in concert acts, comedians, etc. This is a good opportunity for us now that the North Shore Music Theatre has closed.

My two cents on this is I can see two things working very well for the city of Lynn. Either a 200-1000 professional theatre with more ability for smaller acts than the 2200 seat Lynn Auditorium OR a 5-10K venue which could bring in the likes of smaller pop acts that are on the cusp of breaking into venue type shows. The types of places Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were playing last year before breaking into the ranks of a Garden show. This venue could also be a home for the types of Cirque de Soliel and other performances that they retro-fit into Suffolk Downs currently. Let's bring that money to Lynn. I think this type of venue is what Judy would like to see thought about. Judy's idea of shuttle buses from Wonderland and the MBTA Garage out to a waterfront destination on event nights is a great one.

This is what I'm talking about when I complain about the lack of vision in the current administration. We never hear ideas like this. I hear them from Rep. Steve Walsh, but the only thing I've heard from the Mayor is when the Lynn Item calls him and quotes him in the articles about budget cuts. Don't even get me started on last year's "We're in neutral" speech at the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association meeting. This morning he did nothing to make me think we won't just be business as usual for the next four years if he is elected.

Parking seems like a non-issue for me when it comes to the Chamber, but they brought it up, so it must be an issue. The Mayor brought up the under-utilization for our current parking resources. The MBTA garage is never full, the buffum lot is never full. He claims there's some technology needed to use these better. I parked in the Buffum lot for one year when I first moved Downtown. It's out of the way, dark and abandoned, and I could hear my car crying as I walked away from it each night. It's great for the folks in Machine Lofts, but it's scary for the rest of us and doesn't seem a safe place to leave a car. The MBTA garage is good for people using the train and horribly located for everyone else trying to do business downtown. As residents downtown, we have ZERO options to park other then those two places. To park in Buffum we need an overpriced monthly pass. (Can't pay per use, which would be good). To park in the MBTA Garage we're not giving Lynn any revenue and we have a dangerous walk home down Union street to Central Square. I don't care what the mayor says on crime, in the last few years, I'm a lot more nervous about my wife walking home from that garage than I used to be.
I don't understand why the Mayor and the City Council ignored the residents all together when we requested some sections of the side streets to be resident permit parking. Willow, pieces of Munroe, pieces of Union down across from the garage could be easily converted to resident sticker parking.

Judy pointed to the arrangement between The Blue Ox and Eastern Bank as a prime example of how we can work together to solve some of the issues in the immediate downtown area. She also pointed out some ideas around reserved parking in MBTA garage or in the Shaw's lot for other Market street merchants.

On Safety, Judy again stated she would like to see the community bike police back on the streets, the CLTs. She mentioned that she had spoken to one of the former CLTs who used to work on Union street and he claims that crime went down 50% because of the presence. Chip said crime is down in Lynn. Maybe he forgot to read the Lynn Item this morning. 5 stabbed at Lynn Classical. The Mayor pointed to the roll-back of hours as pro-business in reducing crime. He mentioned that the "hooligans of a more graphic word" (not sure what that meant) have moved on to Saugus now. I don't think they travel to Rt 1 for nightlife now. It's too hard to get to. Over the past few years we've had some pretty grotesque violence right behind our condo in the highlands that has reached National News. Maybe the statistics are down, but we certainly have issues. We will always have crime, but we need some better ways of dealing with the problem.

More police presence will help, but I also think we need more programs to combat gang violence and get these gang members out of Lynn or better yet give them another option for their future. There was a lot of this type of activity a few years ago, but it seems to have died down. We need to re-engage on these efforts and bring in State and Federal assistance to help. If our Police force is going to continue to dwindle, we need to increase coverage in some other way.

Library funding - both candidates said they will use it for a library. Why was this a question? Honestly we need to think a bit more strategic in my mind. Maybe we should reopen the blacksmiths and cobbler shops too. We're going to need a lot more then $1M to build a state of the art library that will serve the needs of today's youth. Google Books online. We're done! This is a non-issue and years away from anything real.

In closing statements the Mayor pointed out that these debates are good for government. I wonder if he gets elected if community forums of this sort will continue. I know Judy has publicly stated she wants to open up the government to the residents in a real way. Get more committees on LynnCAM, etc. I'm not sure where the Mayor stands on this. I've lived here for 3 years. I've only seen him be public in the last few months. He again stated that he's a Democrat and she's a Republican. Doesn't matter, but apparently it does to him. He then replayed his refrain on property taxes. Old news, read the Item for more.

In Judy's closing, she talked about the fact that we need to do what we can to make Lynn a destination NOW, not wait for the Blue Line as Mayor Clancy suggested. She again referred to the Waterfront and working through grants and influence with state, federal, and private sector to get things done NOW.

The Mayor has touted earlier that he has brough gender equity to the city. Judy wanted to point out that there has been one female hired on the Fire Department in 2004 and none since.

The Mayor touted earlier that she was against the roll-back. She wanted to remind the Chamber that she opposed the roll-back because she felt the business and restaurant owners were not given a fair chance to voice their alternatives. They were not listened to.

Personally, I had some friends who were at City Hall the night of that vote. They even felt there was nothing they could do. The city had it's mind made up and it wasn't much of a discussion.

The debate ended congenially. The Mayor and Judy were both talking to one another and laughing . Very civil. I like to see that. Hopefully he'll still talk to her when she's elected Mayor in just a few short days.

I'm a Democrat.... and I'm Proudly Standing Behind Judy Flanagan Kennedy for Mayor of Lynn and a little scared of the Mayor's Wife ;-)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Business in Lynn

I'll be attending the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce debate tomorrow morning at the Porthole Restaurant. I'm really looking forward to it as I think it's theme is critically important to the future of Lynn and specifically the downtown area. How do we make Lynn a more desirable place to do business. I guess we could slam them with sign ordinance penalties, roll back hours of operation, and increase taxes. Oh wait, we did that already. Perhaps there's a better approach. :-)

I've been encouraged lately with the shape of Central Square. We had the Farmers Market today and several store fronts are now full. We just had a new karate studio open up. WE now have our blocks version of a religious candle store and a market. I'm not sure how all these stores that are exactly the same stay open, but I'll take it over a empty storefront.

How do we make Downtown Lynn a destination for shoppers and diners?



We'll see what they have to say tomorrow morning.

Elect Eugene!

I met Eugene Schneeberg at Judy's pre-election party last weekend. He is one dynamic Lynner. He has his sights set on exactly the right issues.

He has experience and will continue to work with our youth to get them off the streets, out of gangs, and into more stable environments after school and beyond. He understands Lynn's perception problem and how we need new leaders, visionaries to drive us to the next level.

So many communities receive far more then Lynn when it comes to similar grant opportunities and that should not be the case. I see Eugene as an important partner for Judy in our local government as we bring on the expertise to tap into more federal and state stimulus funding.

Check out his site at http://electeugene.com

6 days left!!!

Very excited for November 3rd and a lot of work to do before then. If you're not on Facebook, here's the plea from Kevin Kennedy.

"One week until the election! We welcome help on election day. Send me a message, post here or call headquarters at 781-586-0200. Thanks, Kevin"

I have the next two days off from work. I'm a Product Operations Manager for a software company based in Waltham.

Thursday I'll be out Downtown holding a sign for the morning commute and then finishing the pamphlet drop. Then I'll be heading to Kennedy Headquarters in Wyoma Square to get my next assignment.

On Friday, I'll be attending the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast and Mayoral Debate. I can't wait to see one in person. After that, I'll be doing whatever needs doing.

Join me! We need everyone in this process if we're going to wake up this city!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

47 Myrtle is Re-Elect Clancy Headquarters


Don't be fooled by the mailing you received today. No person made an effort to print that and send it on their own. The envelope tries to hide the fact that it is sent from his commmittee by only printing the street address on the top left. It's from clancy's committee and paid for by clancy's committee. It's Connolly Printing which shows up on his financials.

Yet another shady move entering your mailbox from the Honorable One.



-Corey

New financials on itemlive.com

The campaigns put up their latest financial statements. From August 29th to October 16th, Mayor Clancy spent $92,000. Not sure if you heard me. $92,000!!!

$13,400 with the Lynn Item alone.

Big chunks of money to Dapa Research and Newgrange Group totalling over 36K between the two of them. I would love to understand what this was for? I feel like his donors might want to know as well. Chip, you can feel free to leave that in the comments on this post. :-)

Not as much money went to wedding gifts, graduation gifts, and funeral flowers as in the last report. That's encouraging.

So, in this period, Clancy raised 29K. That puts him 63K in the hole for this period. Not a great way to run a business. Kind of similar to how he runs Lynn though.

Judy Flanagan Kennedy raised 21K in the same period including money from several city employees including firemen, school custodians and a few of Lynn's school principals including the principal of Lynn English High School. She spent 15K in the same period. Business is cash positive, leaving her some cash to end out this week with a bang and seal the deal! During this time period, she also has gained significant visibility points. The neighborhood debates getting posted to lynnhappens.com is so great. I salute Seth and what he does for Lynn on a daily basis.


GO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 3rd. DRAG ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO THE POLLS!!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Too Easy to Become Homeless

It's way too easy to become homeless. Citizens for Adequate Housing just shared this link on Facebook from the Lowell Sun. http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_13538779?source=email

Citizens for Adequate Housing of the North Shore is running their Raising the Roof Gala on December 4th at The Sheraton Ferncroft. I've been for the last three years and there are few things more rewarding then helping out this organization. This year's event will be hosted by Randy Price from Channel 5's Eyeopener. For more information, give them a call at 978-531-9775 or visit them online at http://www.cahns.org.

In Massachusetts alone, there are 500 more homeless families then this time last year. With our economy in the state it's in, it's so important to help these families. Someone from Citizens once gave me a great example of how easy it is to find yourself homeless, so I will leave you with that. You know anyone who's ever been put in a situation where they needed to move back home? What if that family wasn't middle class? OK.... now what if that family wasn't there at all? Both situations pretty much leave you without any options.

Attend the event, or donate something to the auction. It's a really important cause and these families need any help you can give.

-Corey

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ok... Let's talk Property Taxes, Mayor Clancy... That's Cool!

At tonight's pre-election event for Judy Flanagan Kennedy, they addressed the recent mailing that you all received entitled "Let's Talk Property Taxes." The "actual copy" is taken from two different documents. This is potentially a very serious violation of election law by the Clancy folks. Judy has filed a criminal complaint. Stay tuned for more. Since they used the postal service, it could be a violation of federal law. I hope the Lynn Item will run this story on Monday with the details.

So, as for today's mailing. It's completely out of context and delivers a scare tactic based on a lie, rather then any help in deciding who should be the next Mayor of Lynn.


From today's Lynn Item:

"The North Shore Labor Council would like to provide accurate information regarding its endorsement," Crosby said Friday, noting that the council asks all candidates who run for local elected office to complete a questionnaire and then participate in an interview with the council's Political Action Committee.

"The questionnaire often refers to issues on both the municipal and state level. The challenge of increasing revenues for the city of Lynn was one of many issues raised on our questionnaire and discussed during the candidate interviews. The council delegates who took part in the Political Action Committee interview all know from that interview that Judy Flanagan Kennedy does not want to raise property taxes."

Crosby further noted that "based on the entirety of the information we gathered, and from our wider experience with each of the Lynn mayoral candidates, the council then voted to endorse Judy Flanagan Kennedy in the mayoral race. We stand by that endorsement."

The lie exists in your mailbox today in the form of a mailing from the Committee to Elect Clancy. The truth is above. I only wish I had the money to paper Lynn with the truth, like Clancy has to feed you his filth.

- Corey, A Democrat Proudly Standing Behind an Honest Judith Flanagan Kennedy for Mayor

Friday, October 23, 2009

"All of us City workers are behind Judy"

Held a sign for Judy for two hours this morning on Market street. Overwhelming positive response. City worker rolled down his window to tell me "She has a chance. All of us city workers are behind her silently" That tells you something... I think there even may be a lot of Clancy bumper stickers on the cars of Kennedy voters. :-)

One guy crossed the street diagonally at me. "We don't like Republicans. Do this somewhere else." I told him I was a Democrat and he kept moving.

That stupid JFK mailing worked on some people. It's so sad.

Judy is someone who is going to work with the downtown residents and her new grant writer to support our State Reps in getting Lynn the funding it needs to revitalize the waterfront, keep our men and women in uniform and not out of a job, and return Lynn to a city with class. We need the person at the top to personify where we want to be, not the personification of being in "neutral".

I hope you'll all consider voting for her on Nov. 3rd. If you have any questions or concerns about Judy, I'd be happy to talk about it.

Get the word out. She needs a lot of votes. Clancy has 180K in his coffers. He spent 17K on billboards between January and August according to his financials. Judy fought the primary and came in first spending just $900. Not exactly a fair fight and she's still coming out on top. It's pretty impressive. If you haven't seen it yet, watch the last 10 minutes of the Ford School debate on http://lynnhappens.com

RAW Art Chair-ity Event

This Saturday RAW Arts and Zimmans has a fundraiser in Central Square. If you've never been to a RAW fundraiser you should. It's a wonderful organization and the kids are such amazing artists. Sarah and I have a student's artwork hanging in our house and we love it. THe chairs will probably go for more then any of us can afford, but the excitement of just being there is worth it. I'm sure there will be other ways you can contribute. Cocktails and yummy food. We'll be getting there at around 8 or 8:30 after we attend Judy Flanagan Kennedy's pre-election party.

http://www.rawart.org

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I am a Democrat.... and I am for Judy Flanagan Kennedy

The mailing we got today from "The Massachusetts Democratic Party" made my wife and I ashamed to be Democrats. This is a new low and is completely praying on those people it claims to want to protect.

Listen to what Judy has to say for herself. Party affiliations has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Mayor's office. Has absolutely NOTHING to do with Lynn City Hall. Furthermore, the Massachusetts voters are always putting Republicans in leadership posts. What matters, is what they stand for and what they will do once in that position.

Judy wants open government. She wants to post the budget online in hopes of fostering an educated conversation when it comes to the tough decisions we will have to make in this economic climate.

Judy wants the best and brightest helping to make Lynn strong once again (regardless of where they choose to sleep at night)

Judy wants to hire a grant writer and get the city focused on bringing in funds to save jobs, services, and provide the boost our local economy needs to bring us back into the spotlight.


Don't be fooled by these shady tactics entering your mailbox.
-Corey

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mr. Mayor - How did I get on your mailing list?

"The choice is clear!"

This is the statement boldly printed on these expensive mailings. It's a shame that these kind of tactics might actually work just because he's in office and has collected some serious cash over the years to finance this campaign.

The most recent mailing is a collection of out of context statements and for the most part should be considered lies.

Let's take them point by point:

1. Councilor Kennedy ranked raising your property taxes as her #1 option to increase city revenue in the North Shore Labor Council Municipal Candidate Questionnaire.

TRUTH: This is a true statement taken completely out of context. At the debate she explained that she looked at this with some thought as to her power at the city hall level. Property taxes were the only thing she would have any power as Mayor to change. Everything else was beyond city hall's control. This was something Mayor "Shinn" Clancy was unable to understand. For more, watch the debate video on lynnhappens.com

2. Councilor Kennedy opposes and voted against the enforcement of Lynn's voter approved Residency Law.

TRUTH: This is true but again taken out of context. We need to look beyond the city's boundaries for the right leaders for our great city. It is not necessary for all jobs in Lynn to be held by Lynn residents. It actually makes very little sense. We need to bring in the best and over time make this a place they will all want to live. Mayor Shinn's Lynn is not that place.

3. Councilor Kennedy is financed and supported by bar owners and will return the closing hours to 2 a.m., making Lynn once again the place for early morning drinking.

TRUTH: This is just a plain lie. What she said was the restaurant and bar owners were not listened to when alternatives were brought to the table. She may have investigated keeping establishments open for food only. The important point here is she would have been a little more open to hearing what our restaurant owners had to say. Our current city hall was determined to push this through, regardless of it's impact to the Lynn economy and the new Downtown.

4. Councilor Kennedy voted against Manning Field

TRUTH: This one really upsets me. I don't see why the Mayor believes that ripping down that beautiful structure was the right outcome. Parts of it certainly could have been restored. It's a piece of history that we no longer have and it's all Mayor Shinn's fault. Judy did not say that the outcome would not have been the same if she was mayor. What she said was she wanted to hear alternatives. She wanted to hear what the option of restoration would look like. Instead Mr. Mayor put on headphones, blocked his eyes, and ignored all while the great Manning Bowl crumbled to the ground.


These tactics are ridiculous and I hope (although I fear the worst) that people are not fooled by these mailings.

By the way, how would one get off this mailing list? I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Don't Miss Neighborfest

I will unfortunately. It was great last year. Very inspiring event (except for the Mayor's "We're in Neutral" speech). I unfortunately am in a show and have rehearsal Thursday night or I would be there. I may try and stop by after I get home if the festivities are still going.

Celebrate Downtown Lynn! We have a lot to be proud of and there will be lots of local politicians there (I hope!). So, bend their ears about the upcoming elections.

http://lynnhappens.com/?p=287

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lynn Mayoral Debate - October 7th

The mayoral debate has been posted to Lynnhappens.com.


Has anyone ever seen The Music Man? Our Mayor reminds me so much of Mayor Shinn in that movie. An uncanny likeness. A political powerhouse brought to that position by ignorance by the voting public. I don't think it's the public's fault that we're in this position. I think it's caused by several years of closed door city hall politics. Our current government does not listen and it's so clear that even when they do hear us, they don't care. Change is necessary more than ever. Don't use the economy as an excuse. If anything, this economy is an opportunity to take advantage of federal stimulus, state stimulus money, and getting the people of Lynn together to PARTICIPATE in our government. This is why I support Judy Flanagan Kennedy, and this is why our Mayor, Edward "Chip" Clancy, must be voted out of office on November 3rd.

Watch the video. Make the decision for yourself. Here's some help:

- Manning Bowl
Judy wanted to preserve this beautiful structure and investigate renovations. The Mayor wanted it destroyed and would NOT LISTEN to other options. Today we've lost a tribute to the great public works projects of the 1930s when this nation came together and created jobs for those in desperate need. My grandfather, Charlie Hersey (stage name Ken Stone), sang in that structure and it was one of most depressing days of my life when I drove by that empty plot of land. A part of Lynn's heritage, destroyed. In its place, a fenced in football field with no showers for 12 million bucks, 100% over budget.

- Open Government
Judy fought for public access LynnCAM to be able to tape our city council meetings and will push for more committees to be taped and shared with the community. She will also fight to put these online so we don't have to be watching a public access schedule to see our government at work. The Mayor had no real response to this. It will remain business as usual.

- Public Safety
Mayor says he hasn't laid off a single uniformed employee in this most horrific economic crisis. All well in good, but uniformed fire fighters have gone from 245 to 163. Ladders have been closed down. Mayor bought a new fire truck, but coverage still isn't acceptable for Wards 3 and 4. Uniformed police down from 189 to 170. No layoffs, but certainly less bodies. He takes credit for the building of the new police station, a project well underway by former Mayor Pat McManus before he took office.


- Transportation
This one I wasn't too happy about but honestly, this is state and federal money to really make a difference. There's little our Mayor is going to do. I'm not happy with Clancy's response about this connection from Western Ave to Boston without a red light (as that makes no sense and I don't see how it's even possible). I don't like Judy's lackluster commitment to the Blue Line extension (I do agree with her that it will take a long time, but it needs some champions)


- Residency Requirement
Mayor says we must have employees of Lynn, living in Lynn. Judy wants the right person in the job no matter where they sleep at night. The qualified person. She will uphold the city charter, but I feel she would also like to see it changed. I hope that is the case. We need new ideas and some of them should come from outside our borders.



Wow. The more I write, the more I'm certain Judy is a big part of the solution for a better Lynn. No doubt Lynn has had major progress in the last 8 years, but I don't credit Clancy with any of it. Our State Reps have done more for Lynn then our Mayor has. We don't get the respect we deserve at any level, because we're running such a closed, ancient city government. It's time to embrace modern times and a leader who will bring us into 2010 with a bang.

I am a third generation Lynner. It makes me sad that most of my family does not live here anymore. When I think about having kids, I have a hard time imagining raising them in Lynn. I want that to change. Judy Flanagan Kennedy is just the beginning.

November 3rd y'all.



Watch the video!!!! http://lynnhappens.com/?p=271

Thursday, October 8, 2009

North Shore Homelessness

It's way too easy to become homeless in this economy. You know anyone who had to move back home once in their life? What if that home wasn't there?

This organization has locations in Peabody but serves the entire North Shore area including Lynn. Check em out on Facebook.


Kennedy will win her second debate on October 30th

Looks like it was a lively debate last night. Here's some commentary from the Item. lynnhappens.com will have the video posted tonight and LynnCAM should be putting it on cable at some point. I don't see it on their schedule.

http://itemlive.com/articles/2009/10/08/news/news01.txt

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pure Genius


It's good to see the IQ of Lynner's improving. Walking on train tracks where there's no conceivable way of getting out of the way of an express train is pretty intelligent.


FAIL!!!

F. Lee Bailey lives in Lynn?

Did anyone else know that F. Lee Bailey lives in Lynn? Looks like that won't be for long.

http://itemlive.com/articles/2009/10/07/news/news04.txt


Must have the inside scoop that Chip might win again.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mayoral Debate - Judith Flanagan Kennedy and the Other Guy

October 7th at 6:45PM at the Knights of Columbus on Lynnfield St. I can't be there, unfortunately, but hoping LynnCAM and LynnHappens.com will get this on video.

http://www.itemlive.com/articles/2009/10/01/news/news02.txt

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