By Sara Brown
The Revere City Council honored three people for going above and beyond the call of duty in the help they’ve provided to Revere residents.
At the June 25 City Council meeting, the council honored District Attorney Dan Conley for helping residents of Revere and of all Suffolk County. “I can’t explain to you the amount of decorum, compassion and assistance he has provided my family at one time,” said Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo, who sponsored the motion.
Conley was a prosecutor in Superior Court from 1987 to 1993, where he worked on gang violence. From there, he became a Boston city councillor until 2002 and then became district attorney. He will not be running for a fifth term this year.
Rotondo said Conley developed progressive policies that helped every resident of Suffolk County, especially those who were wrongly convicted of a crime. “Dan’s career is truly stunning,” he said.
Conley thanked the City Council for the award and said he was honored. Since announcing he would not be seeking an additional term, many people have been thanking him for his work. “It’s kinda like being at an Irish wake but the corpse is living,” he joked.
Revere has a special place in the district attorney’s heart – he got the highest amount of votes from Revere when he first ran for district attorney. Conley said Revere is a very livable city and not one his office worries about in terms of violence. “It’s a city we don’t have to spend a lot of time and resources on,” he said. “You should all be proud.”
The council also honored Robert Repucci and Joan Moscillo with Certificates of Commendation for their community service to the city. Repucci is the executive director of Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) in Chelsea, which aids low-income families. Recently, Repucci was able to secure funding for homeowners in Beachmont whose homes were flooded during the winter. Moscillo, legislative aide to Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, was honored for “the assistance she provides day in and day out to residents of the City of Revere by helping them resolve quality of life issues and getting folks in contact with the appropriate state agencies or local resources,” and most recently she helped secure funding for a homeowner who had lost everything in a house fire.
“They go above and beyond their normal duties,” said Council Vice President Joanne McKenna, who sponsored both motions.
McKenna met Repucci when she was working as a teacher at Revere High School and discovered she had homeless students who were living in their cars. McKenna said Repucci worked with her to secure the students housing. She now regularly works with him as a councillor. “He gives with little thought of himself when giving,” she said.
Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto stated that he has called Repucci “over a thousand times” over the years since becoming a councillor, seeking help for his constituents. “He never says no,” he said.
Repucci told the council audience how he was raised in Veterans Housing after his father was wounded in World War II and it was there where he learned the power of helping people in need. “We try to give people hope,” he said of his work. “Just a little bit of hope might be what they need to get to tomorrow.”
McKenna met Joan Moscillo when she was trying to help residents with last year’s treacherous winter. “I call her on a regular basis,” she said. “I call her first because she always knows who to call next.”
Speaker DeLeo called Moscillo an “amazing lady” who pushes him to do whatever they can to help someone in need. “She always goes an extra yard,” he said. “She teaches me a lesson that sometimes that is what we have to do. We have to take an extra step to get things done.”
Speaker DeLeo and his staff were also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their dedication to constituent services.