• January 11 2019,  Revere

    Op Ed: Massachusetts Is First State in the Nation to Prohibit Tobacco and Vaping Sales in Pharmacies

    Op Ed: Massachusetts Is First State in the Nation to Prohibit Tobacco and Vaping Sales in Pharmacies By D.J. Wilson Tobacco Control Director/Public Health Liaison, Massachusetts Municipal Association   With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, 2018, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last July, these addictive products will no longer be sold in facilities that are dedicated to health and wellness – facilities that often treat illnesses and diseases caused by these very products. In order to protect…

  • November 16 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: Revere is on the Move …

    OP-ED: Revere is on the Move …   By Mayor Brian Arrigo   While much of America waited in high anticipation for Amazon’s decision about where to locate its touted second world headquarters – the celebrated HQ2 – we in Revere took it as an opportunity to showcase our great city to the nation. While Amazon has selected New York City and Northern Virginia, Revere’s place on Amazon’s short list gives us an advantage in attracting new, innovative and growing business of the future. While we never staked our future on Amazon choosing Suffolk Downs, the process allowed us to realize this location’s significance and our city’s real opportunities for future…

  • October 19 2018,  Revere

    OP-ED: It’s a busy time in a bustling city

    OP-ED: It’s a busy time in a bustling city  By Mayor Brian Arrigo     Summer’s end usually means that schedules fill up, daily tasks increase, and the pace of just about everything becomes a bit more hectic. In other words, there’s lots going on. Columbus Day usually marks the date that we Revere traditionalists declare summer over. And, here in our city, there’s lots going on. Two new arrivals in Revere will be most noticeable. After years of public demand, Revere residents have a choice when it comes to cable television subscription: RCN is now available in certain sections of Revere and over the coming months will be fully available…

  • August 17 2018,  Revere

    OP-ED: August 22: A Job Fair for All

    OP-ED: August 22: A Job Fair for All The City and the Business community respond to the NECCO Closure   By Mayor Brian M. Arrigo   The sudden shutdown of the NECCO plant on July 24 triggered a good amount of anger and disillusion. What kind of company spends $17.3 million in May, touts its experience and expertise while pledging to revive the NECCO brand, then brusquely reverses course, ruthlessly discarding some 230 dedicated employees as if they were just surplus candy wrappers? Mind you, I knew full well that our City’s connection to NECCO’s future was tenuous: the candy company was expected to vacate the premises on American Legion Highway…

  • July 27 2018,  Revere

    OP-ED: Lost & found: Audits found forgotten money and revealed lost parking revenue

    OP-ED: Lost & found: Audits found forgotten money and revealed lost parking revenue  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   When I took the oath of office as Mayor of Revere in 2016, among my immediate priorities was to gain an objective, unvarnished assessment of the City’s finances and the methods used to manage them. I believed that there was ample space to improve oversight, increase efficiency, and revise the ways the City used the revenue that our hard-working residents contribute to the City’s coffers through taxes and fees. Accordingly, I commissioned CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) an experienced, nationally recognized financial consulting firm, to review and document the City’s financial activities and internal controls and…

  • July 20 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: Revere Housing Authority’s proactive approach to the rat problem in Revere  

    OP-ED: Revere Housing Authority’s proactive approach to the rat problem in Revere  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   Due, in part, to the recent rash of city-wide complaints regarding rat infestation, the Revere Housing Authority reported to the Board of Commissioners at the June 21st meeting, the Housing Authority has been proactive in its approach to stemming the rat problem in all its housing developments. Many significant steps were implemented back in September 2017. They include: Maintenance staff conducts trash pick-up every morning and on trash pickup days monitors trash that was either missed or residual trash left behind and cleans up; Instituted a Trash Barrel Pilot Program where the Housing Authority…

  • June 22 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: Addressing the rat problem

    Op-Ed: Addressing the rat problem  By Mayor Brian Arrigo   Public concern about rodents, particularly rats, has escalated steadily in recent years. Longstanding efforts to combat rodent infestation, overseen by the City’s Inspectional Services Department, have had a modicum of success. The Department’s resources and manpower, however, have been insufficient to implement a large scale approach to rodent control. Understanding the need for a more comprehensive and aggressive approach to rodent issues, I have included in the FY 2019 Budget Proposal funding for an integrated pest management program. Accordingly, the City recently has contracted with private vendors to institute concentrated efforts at rodent control based on data compiled by the city’s…

  • April 6 2018,  Revere

    Op-Ed: Improved bond rating reflects City’s financial stability

    Op-Ed: Improved bond rating reflects City’s financial stability By Mayor Brian Arrigo   Mayor Brian Arrigo informed the Revere City Council Monday that the City has achieved its highest bond rating in history after Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Agency upgraded the City to “AA” with a stable outlook. This represents an improvement from the City’s previous “AA- (minus)” rating. According to Standard & Poor’s the rating “AA” differs from the highest-rated obligation by only a small degree, representing the City’s very strong capacity to meet its financial commitments. The full report attributes the “AA” rating to its recent strong economy, strong budgetary performance, strong budgetary flexibility, strong liquidity and a…

  • 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…

  • 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…