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The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund has endorsed State Representative Paul Brodeur for Mayor of Melrose.
“Representative Brodeur has a strong environmental track record,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Clare Kelly. "He understands the threat that climate change poses to Melrose and the rest of the Commonwealth and he is committed to helping the city meet its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050."
“ELM has appreciated having Representative Brodeur as an ally,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “His wealth of experience with state and local government will make him a strong and effective advocate for the Melrose environment as mayor.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Environmental League of Massachusetts,” said Paul Brodeur. “In order for our city to have the future we all want, we must continue to focus on protecting our environment. From preserving our green spaces, to improving alternate transportation options, to working together to decrease our carbon footprint, protecting our environment matters. We have a responsibility to both current and future Melrosians and, as mayor, I will continue my commitment to fostering a greener Melrose so that we create the best tomorrow for our city.”
In his time at the State House, Representative Brodeur has been an important ally in ELM’s work to restore the environmental budget and increase home energy efficiency audits. He was also a strong supporter of the Greenworks program, offering an amendment to ensure water infrastructure resiliency projects would be eligible for funding. If elected Mayor, Representative Brodeur has ambitious plans to prioritize open green space and keep Melrose on the path to becoming a NetZero community by 2050. His plans to educate the public on recycling guidelines and pilot a curbside composting program would dramatically reduce the city’s solid waste. Representative Brodeur has also pledged that maintaining and improving local parks will be a priority for his administration if elected.
The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, holds our elected officials accountable, and works to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories visit www.elmaction.org/elections/2019-election/.
The incident on Brazil Street was no doubt a disaster for the families who have been out of their home and dealing with the aftermath, and for our entire community. This incident brings to the forefront the need to invest in and proactively address critical infrastructure issues in our community.
Over the past two weeks or so, I have reached out to engineering professionals and water infrastructure contractors to discuss the incident on Brazil Street and how to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. During those discussions, I learned of a grant program offered through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust for the purpose of creating and/or improving asset management plans for existing water infrastructure. Melrose did not apply for the first round of grants, but applications for the second round of grants are open until August 23 at noon. I passed along this information to Mayor Infurna and our Melrose Department of Public Works last Wednesday.
The program has identified several pre-qualified engineering firms that can do this work. I spoke to one to get a brief overview of the program and how it might be useful to Melrose. I learned the grant program is quite flexible in terms of how it can be helpful in creating or improving an asset management plan.
Given the issues raised by the Brazil Street incident and the city's aging water infrastructure, I would urge the city to promptly consider pursuing this opportunity. Also, given the potential expansion of state funding for these types of inventory and resiliency efforts (including the GreenWorks legislation recently passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives), it is likely that at least some funding opportunities in the area of water infrastructure will be contingent on an increased attention to asset inventory and management. It is crucial that the city be well-positioned to take advantage of existing and future programs.
The program is an example of a state resource that assists municipalities in maintaining and improving infrastructure and would be an additional resource that would complement the city's inflow and infiltration program funded through MWRA no interest loans. These are the kinds of resources and opportunities that Melrose must take advantage of to make our city's infrastructure safe and able to handle the needs of the residents.
Proactively pursuing state funding can help solve problems and move our city forward. Let's do it!
You can read more about the grant program at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/asset-management-planning-grant-pro...
LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE: https://patch.com/massachusetts/melrose/melrose-mayoral-forum-what-we-learned-candidates
MELROSE, MA — The city's four Democratic candidates for mayor made their opening pitch to voters during a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Democratic City Committee. Aldermen-at-large Manisha Bewtra and Mike Zwirko, Director of Community Services and City Operations Jackie Lavender Bird and State Rep. Paul Brodeur sat in front of some 100 attendees at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, answering a dozen questions about the present and future of Melrose.
The forum was the first and only scheduled opportunity for mayoral candidates to set themselves apart in such a manner through the preliminary election Sept. 17. The first open seat mayoral election for Melrose in 18 years will Nov. 5.
The four candidates who attended engaged in some friendly banter in an overall light atmosphere, but got serious when it came time for questions. The questions, which came from committee members and the public, ranged from addressing traffic (Brodeur had to take off his coat before tackling that one.) to what needs fixing at City Hall ("I won't listen!" Mayor Gail Infurna shouted to the candidates from the audience.) to affordable housing, overcrowded schools, crumbling public safety infrastructure, and more.
How could City Hall be more transparent?
Brodeur said the city needs to be progressive about the budget being accessible and outward-facing to the public.
How would you address traffic issues and make streets safer?
Brodeur said Melrose needs to bring data and expertise to the specifics of the issue, and touted his relationships with state organizations such as the DCR which could help.
The core function of government is to help people. This isn't about inconvenience, it is a public health and a public safety issue. City Hall needs to do better.
City hall should be focused on ensuring safety, and communicating clearly and effectively to residents. Unfortunately, this hasn't occurred so far. As mayor, the buck stops here. I would make sure that our residents were safe, they knew what was happening as it was happening, and they would know that they could contact me at any time and get results.
I would work with the residents, their private insurance companies, city insurance providers and others to ensure that every possible resource was made available to secure the safety and comfort of these families.
A quick inspection to check off the boxes of basic human habitability is not enough. Families should not be in unsafe homes. I would not have them return until I would be comfortable with my own family living there.
Beyond working with the families, I would proactively work with the DPW in assessing and addressing any other potential issues throughout the city, to stop another episode before it happens.
State Rep. Paul Brodeur officially kicked of his bid for Mayor of Melrose last Thursday night. Surrounded by over 150 supporters, Brodeur spoke of his passion for the city and all Melrosians.
“I am running for mayor of Melrose because Melrose matters,” Brodeur said to a packed room at Mexico Lindo Restaurant, “Melrose matters to me, to you, to all of us and our families.”
Touching on issues that will be at the forefront of his campaign, like education, economic development, spending transparency for taxpayers and expanding the arts and culture community, Brodeur talked about his commitment to the city and emphasized why his experience representing Melrose would be an asset as mayor.
“As a resident, a former alderman and your state representative, I have that vision and experience to lead our city forward into the future,” Brodeur added. “I will draw from my experience to bring innovative ideas to City Hall that will benefit everyone in Melrose. As I always have, I will make sure every voice is heard and will bring people together to find common ground because our future is about all of us -- young and old, newcomers and longtime residents.
In introducing Brodeur, his wife, Liz, underscored his vision and commitment to the city: “Since Norm and Lia Brodeur moved to Warwick Road in 1969, Melrose has been at Paul’s core. It is the center of his childhood, the foundation of his education and the genesis of a circle of friends he has maintained for almost 50 years. I know that no one has more passion for Melrose or cares more about the people who live here. And no one can match the experience and skill that Paul will bring to the office of mayor from the very first day. With Paul in the mayor’s office, together we can ensure that Melrose remains this special place we all know it to be, the place where we raise and educate our kids, take care of our seniors and support our local businesses, now and into the future.”
Brodeur, who is currently the state representative representing Melrose, was the first mayoral candidate to turn in enough nomination signatures to be officially on the ballot for the September preliminary election.
LINK TO ORIGINAL STORY: https://patch.com/massachusetts/melrose/rep-paul-brodeur-run-mayor-melrose
MELROSE, MA — Democratic State Rep. Paul Brodeur has decided to run for mayor. "I'm running, and I'm excited about it," Brodeur told the the State House News Service on Wednesday. Brodeur, who hinted he may run for mayor at the end of 2018, is the second person to officially announce their candidacy. Alderman Manisha Bewtra last week announced she is running for mayor.
Brodeur, who was was reelected for his fifth term in November, waited until after the $5.18 million override passed Tuesday to announce his intentions. He said the override result was not going to impact his decision to run.
"It didn't depend on the result of the override," he told the New Service. "That's a great result for the city regardless of who takes office when Mayor [Gail] Infurna leaves, but I'm excited to do it. I love this job but there's something that's very alluring about the ability to go home and really focus on your community and try to help out and make some positive change in Melrose."
The field is expected to grow as no incumbent will be on the ballot. Infurna, who took over for Rob Dolan when he left to become Lynnfield's town administrator last year, said she will not run for reelection.
Brodeur represents Melrose and parts of Malden and Wakefield. He told the News Service he will continue to focus on the duties of his office.