As I wind down the last few weeks of a 21-year career here at Revere City Hall, serving as Election Commissioner, I can only think of all the people that helped me get through each Election and Recount. If I may, I’d like to publicly thank Mayors Ambrosino, Rizzo and Arrigo, Paul Capizzi, City Solicitor, Robert A. Marra, Jr. Chief of Staff to Mayor Brian M. Arrigo, former City Solicitor, Police Chiefs Reardon, Guido and Callahan and Fire Chiefs Doherty and Bright. Without their help and support and the support from their departments, the Elections would not have taken place. A special thank you to Ashley Melnik, and the City Council members and Cathy Bowden and Richard Viscay are in order. The Election Department Office staff is second to none; Patricia Mazzone, Marie Olivieri, Youssef Asni and Caitlin Welch. The DPW staff, Paul Argenzio, Brian Mucci, and Michael Cecere and the entire DPW staff. The wonderful, hardworking Election Officials at the polling locations, the Priests at St. Anthony’s Church, the Turkish Cultural Center and their staff, Dr. Dianne Kelly and the staff at the School Department and Steve Post, Jack Satter House, and his staff. Without all of you, it would be impossible to run an Election or a Recount. I’ve accomplished a lot over twenty-one years. I’m most proud of running five or six Elections in a year with two of them being in a Presidential Election Year, and one during a Pandemic. Everyone involved was kept safe and voters cast their ballot without incident. The invalid address program introduced in June 2018 is also a great accomplishment. Without the help and support of Nicholas Rystrom, City Engineer, the program would not have been a success. Lastly, I’d like to thank Deb DiGregorio, Cary Shuman, of the Revere Journal and James Mitchell of The Revere Advocate.
I also want to thank two very loyal Board members, John V. Cammarata and Elizabeth Dixon. Without the two of them, I surely could not get through an Election Day. Both John and Elizabeth visit the polls to check on the staff, the voters, and the candidates and deliver the late received absentee ballots. They arrive at 7:00 a.m. every Election Day and this year there were five, along with a recount. They work 12 hours a day for a small stipend. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work alongside them over the last ten or so years.
Thank you all for your help and support. I truly appreciate it.
Diane R. Colella