By Sara Brown
He’s been gone for two years but now he’s ready to return to Revere politics.
George Rotondo is running for councillor-at-large this November, hoping to come back onto the council he left only two years ago.
In 2011 current Mayor Dan Rizzo defeated Rotondo for the then vacant seat of mayor. Rotondo had been on the council for about eight years, including a term as ward 4 councillor.
He says his experience will help him succeed in the position again. “I have the experience of eight years of service,” he said, adding, “I know how to get things done.”
One of his biggest concerns is bringing development into the city. He said, “We need a Plan B if a casino doesn’t come. We need to bring development into the city no matter what.”
Rotondo said he would also like to see the mitigation package involving the casino. “The areas that are going to be most affected by a casino are Beachmont, Point of Pines and the beach. I’d like to see some money go to them whether it’s to reopen the fire station or something else,” he said.
“I don’t really know what is in the [Revere] casino mitigation package to begin with,” he added.
Rotondo said he wished the mitigation package was more transparent. He explained, “The Everett one is open and transparent. You can see exactly what they are getting. I would like the same for Revere. That’s not a criticism, it’s just a request.”
He added about the casino, “I trust the mayor’s vision and look forward to working with him as well.”
Rotondo is also worried about water rates and how they adversely affect seniors. “This is their last stage of life and we are putting a lot of burden on them,” he said.
Rotondo suggested Revere go to a tier system where if more people live in a home it costs more. “If…ten people live in a home, they are obviously using more water and it’s only fair that they pay more. This would be what’s best for the city,” he said.
Rotondo will be facing incumbents Jessica Ann Giannino, brian arrigo, John Correggio, Anthony Zambuto, and Bob Haas, Jr., as well as fellow challengers Walter Kovill III and Steve Morabito in the Sept. 17 primary election.