Reaction to Mayor Brian Arrigo’s State of the City address seems to be positive among city officials and residents. Arrigo spoke about making city services more accessible, economic development and welcoming every resident who is a part of Revere during his address at City Hall Monday night.
“It was an uplifting speech,” Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso said after the speech. “I think it was something we all needed to hear and inspired us to keep making Revere the great place it is to live.”
Resident Jennifer Brogna said she is happy more and more services are being available online. “It just makes things so much easier to do everything online,” she said.
Brogna, who had never been to City Hall before the address, thought the night proved to be an excellent opportunity to start getting involved in her community. “I have never really taken an interest until recently,” she said. “There is a lot going on in the world and I am realizing how important it is to be involved.”
She plans on taking part in the comprehensive, community-based visioning process for Wonderland. “That site means a lot to Revere. I want to make sure we get something wonderful,” she said.
“A comprehensive, community-based visioning process will gather input from the whole community on critical subjects, such as open space, transportation, economic development, zoning and housing. Through your engagement, critique and feedback, we will develop a shared vision for our community. And you will help us realize that vision,” Arrigo said about the process during his speech.
Guinasso said he is excited about the future of Wonderland. “We have been waiting so long to see what happens to that site,” he said. “This is going to bring jobs to Revere and mean great things for our residents.”
Others were excited about the commitment to sidewalk and pothole repairs.
“Street and sidewalk repairs should be dictated by need, prioritized by the seriousness and importance of the issue, while respecting your tax dollars. So last year we launched a webpage that shows a transparent, accountable explanation of the streets targeted for reconstruction,” Arrigo said. “This year, we will utilize cutting edge technology to create an interactive map of the wear and tear on all our streets, and will create a fair, transparent and comprehensive plan for street repair.”
Councillor-at-Large Jessica Giannino said this is the issue she hears the most about. “When I am speaking with residents, this is what they always bring up. It’s also one of the first things you see about our neighborhoods,” she said. “I am excited to know we’re going to focus on that and improve it.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly publically thanked the mayor on Twitter for speaking about the accomplishments of the Revere Public School system.
Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna said she was moved by Arrigo’s speech, especially towards the end. “I feel the highlight was at the end of his speech when he said that everyone here by birth or choice will be treated with respect and dignity and that his goal was to make people proud to call Revere their home,” she said.