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Petition Filed To Recall Two City Councilors

Update posted by community member.

Garrett Mancieri (left) and Melissa Murray. File photos.
Garrett Mancieri (left) and Melissa Murray. File photos.

Press Release

The City of Woonsocket is struggling with significant fiscal challenges and its over-burdened taxpayers face maximum tax increases well into the foreseeable future. 

The City’s fiscal issues will likely be exacerbated by the recent proposed Pension Reform settlement (which reportedly will cost the City close to $600,000 per year that is not currently included in the Budget Commission’s Five Year Plan), as well as the reduction in state gaming revenue that will likely occur due to the pending expansion of gaming in neighboring Massachusetts.

It is therefore of the utmost importance that the City have elected officials capable of leading and navigating us through these most difficult times. We need leaders that do their homework, embrace and demonstrate critical thinking, ask questions, offer substantive solutions to the issues before us, listen to their constituents and don’t simply go along to get along.

With the above in mind, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, pursuant to Chapter XVI, Article 2, Section 8 of the City charter, a Petitioners’ Committee filed an affidavit with the Board of Canvassers to recall Councilman Garrett Mancieri and Councilwoman Melissa Murray.

The recent discussion around Full Day K made clear to us that Councilman Mancieri and Councilwoman Murray are not listening to the taxpayers. Their blind support of the Full Day K proposal was indicative of the go-along-to-get-along rubber stamp approach that is simply unacceptable given the issues we face. They put their names on and supported Council resolutions for which they clearly had no understanding and which, if passed, would have put further stress on our overburdened taxpayers.

Their cavalier performance seems to reflect the fact that Councilwoman Murray pays no taxes to the City, while Councilman Mancieri pays less than $350 in taxes (on his automobile). Very simply, it appears they are not directly impacted by their poor performance and decision making.

The Petitioners’ Committee will be collecting signatures in support of the recall petition. By obtaining ten percent of the registered voters’ signatures, the voters will have a chance to decide if they would like to recall the two aforementioned in a special recall vote. If recalled, the voters will then have an opportunity to elect two new councilors who will listen to the taxpayers, who will make informed decisions and votes concerning the city’s $130+ million budget and who will have an understanding of the important responsibilities that come with being on the council of a city on the verge of bankruptcy.

Nelson Aldrich March 17, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Bye, bye Hope. See you in another thread. You can start another one proving that these are made up numbers. Go get 'em.
Still Hope March 17, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Dang it Nelson. Is the city incorporated with the state of RI? yes. Does it have a charter? yes. Does it have a CEO? mayor. Does it have an elected board? council. Does it keep a balance sheet? it tries to. Does it have a fiduciary? citizens. Does it have stakeholders? also citizens. Is it bound by general business practices and business law? absolutely. Can it file for bankruptcy protection. yep. Woonsocket is a municipal corporation granted home rule by the state. Just as a standard corporation, Woonsocket could ultimately be dissolved and the territory be absorbed back by the state. If your only test for a business is whether or not it can offer an IPO, then you need to take a course or two. Woonsocket can't offer an Initial Public Offering since the public already controls the city as stated in the charter.
Russell Archambault March 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM
I also will not be posting on patch anymore, unless I am totally bored with my useless life and have nothing better to do. Until then, bye bye to all !
jack March 17, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Genius Still Hope, I said eliminate duplication such as property owners that own vehicles,owners of multifamily buildings,co-ownership and so on that is why the number is not 19,000 thus it is more realistic.
MJ March 17, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Okay, let's get back on track...Councilwoman Murray & Councilman Mancieri won an election in Novemeber. The same people that are complaining, voted for them. Stephen Weber wrote ...I'm positive They were clueless to what they were voting on... meaning the two councilpeople, So were the voters in November clueless. While at the poll, I overheard people asking who is running for city council?, who are the incumbents? That is info that they should have gotten before reaching the polling place, so they took a palm card w/Lisa's team & used that as a guide. Yes, both Mancieri & Murray were on that team & yes it worked, they were voted in. Now, people are unhappy about them...please...be careful who you vote for. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just recall all the politicians that we are making us unhappy? That would be most of the politicians in this state. On 4/3/14, WRCC is holding an issues & answers series @ Woonscoket Harris Public Library @ 7:00PM. The first in this series will be Ken Block, Gubernatorial candidate. On 4/17/14 will be Mayor Allan Fung. You will have the opportunity to ask the cadidate any question of your choosing. Others to be listed on the Patch calendar.

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