• November 9 2018,  Revere

    State Auditor commends Arrigo Administration’s audit practices, declines Council’s request

    Special to The Advocate   State Auditor Suzanne Bump notified Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo that her office will not undertake an audit of the City’s finances, which was suggested by the Revere City Council in August. Following her department’s review of independent audits by firms retained by the Arrigo Administration, Auditor Bump stated in an October 28 letter to Mayor Arrigo “… the audits already performed seemed to do an excellent job of evaluating current operational conditions and making recommendations aimed at improving controls over City operations.” Mayor Arrigo was satisfied with the Auditor’s conclusions. “I am glad, but I am not surprised,” he said. “One of my first objectives…

  • April 13 2018,  Revere

    Mayor encourages resident participation in local government

    Mayor Brian M. Arrigo this week encouraged residents to take active roles in Revere by seeking positions on the Boards and Commission that decide and regulate a variety of municipal governmental functions. In an op-ed piece appearing in the local print media, he invoked President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address where the nation’s 16th president extolled “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Mayor Arrigo characterized the task of appointing people to municipal boards as one of his “most important.” “The closest interaction between ‘government’ and the people it serves occurs at the municipal level,” he wrote. He noted that a city’s residents are likely to be acquainted…

  • March 30 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: “Free Cash,” Prudent Spending

    Op-Ed: “Free Cash,” Prudent Spending  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   Recent news that Revere certified nearly $11.2 Million in “Free Cash” is a welcome indicator of sound fiscal management and will give the city the opportunity to tackle long-neglected municipal infrastructure improvements. “Free Cash” is a term commonly used to describe money that accrues to a city from three distinct sources: unanticipated free cash from the previous year; actual receipts that exceed revenue estimates shown on tax recapitulation sheets; and unspent amounts of money in municipal budget line items. In other words, a municipal budget is based on the anticipated expenses necessary to run the City, funded by anticipated revenues from…

  • March 9 2018,  Revere

    Arrigo says Revere’s future is bright in State of the City address

    By Sara Brown In his State of the City address, Mayor Brian Arrigo said Revere was on the brink of “positive historic transformation.” On March 2 at the auditorium at the Susan B. Anthony School, Arrigo laid the groundwork on his goals for the coming year. One of his main priorities was the School Department; he said there are currently 8,000 students enrolled, which is a 14 percent increase in five years. He believes families are flocking to Revere in part because of the quality education students gain. “We are graduating highly prepared students that are moving on to the country’s best colleges,” he said. Last year 72 percent of…

  • March 9 2018,  Revere

    Mayor announces fee waiver for trash removal

    Residents who incurred damage to personal property as a result of flooding that occurred after the March 2 rain storm can obtain up to eight free stickers for the curbside removal of white goods and “bulky items” through March 23. The stickers can be obtained at the Inspectional Services Department (249R Broadway [the American Legion Building, rear]). City ordinance requires stickers be purchased in advance for the removal of white goods, such as washers, refrigerators, stoves and freezers. Stickers are also required for bulky items, such as mattresses and furniture. “We realize that people incurred the loss of multiple items in the flood, and we hope that facilitating the removal of damaged property…

  • December 8, 2017,  Revere

    Op-Ed:  A great year and a promising future for Revere Recreation

     A great year and a promising future for Revere Recreation By Mayor Brian Arrigo and Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Hinojosa    [This is the first of a pair of articles highlighting the achievements of Revere Parks & Recreation in 2017 and introducing more of what’s to come in 2018.] The Revere Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for a great number of events and programs for the city and its residents, including basketball leagues, baseball clinics, drop-in plays for toddlers, cooking classes, T-Ball and special events such as the Fall Festival, Fright Night, the Tree Lighting and the 4th of July BBQ. However, despite all of this current…