Letter: Morin Asks For Residents' Votes In Sept. 11 Primary

Dist. 49 challenger asks for chance to help Woonsocket thrive.


To The Editor:

When you grow up the youngest of seven children, as I did, you learn very quickly how to protect yourself. It is in this spirit of protecting myself that I also learned the value of protecting others. I became a firefighter because I wanted to protect the people of Woonsocket. Now, I want to be your next state representative because we need a leader who will protect the great city of Woonsocket. 

My name is Michael A. Morin and I’m running for the Rhode Island General Assembly in Representative District 49. I’ve been a resident of Woonsocket for more than 40 years.

Born to George and Ann, I was the youngest of seven children, growing up in the Fairmount section of the city, where we were all communicants of Sacred Heart Church. My father spent his career as an educator, earning his master’s degree from Providence College while working full time and later retiring as principal of Woonsocket High School. My mother was a stay-at-home mom until I was almost finished with school, returning to the workforce in 1981 at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. She retired in 2003.

I attended Woonsocket High School, a member of the Class of 1983. Growing up, I learned from my parents the meanings of integrity and responsibility–and that I had to be accountable for my decisions. As the son of a dedicated public servant who spent his entire adult life educating students, I also wanted to give back to the community that offered me so much.

In 1987, I joined the Woonsocket Fire Department as a firefighter and I’ve been serving the residents proudly ever since. Not long after I became a member of the Fire Department, I enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island, eventually graduating in 1995 with a degree in fire sciences. Learning more about the profession and the intricacies of firefighting has helped enable me to attain the rank of captain on the Fire Department.  And for the last three years, I’ve also served in the Fire Marshal’s office.

Becoming a firefighter means joining the union, and that’s something I’ve taken seriously since my hiring. Knowing someone had my back in contract negotiations or a grievance hearing was just as important as knowing the guys in my firehouse had my back when we entered a burning building. I’ve risen to the presidency of Local 732 of the IAFF by being a person my fellow firefighters can count on.

During the last contract negotiations, we helped identify and help save the city $4.5 million. Making structural changes to healthcare and benefit packages wasn’t popular with my members, but it saved jobs and it saved the city millions of dollars in tough financial times. This is the kind of cooperative spirit I will bring to Woonsocket’s General Assembly delegation. I am willing to work with anyone as long as it is in the best interest of the city.

I have many ideas about how to fix Woonsocket’s problems, and you will hear these ideas as my campaign progresses. It is also important that you know I will be accountable and accessible to the people of District 49. I plan on walking the entire district and I look forward to meeting you, and hearing your concerns.  You can contact me any time at mmorin732@cox.net or 401-769-5099 with your ideas about how we can make Woonsocket better.

Many people look at Woonsocket and see a city on the verge of receivership. I look at my home town and see nearly unlimited potential–a place we can be proud to live, own a business and raise a family. Hopefully, my optimism will be contagious as people realize that this great city can thrive once again.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I humbly ask for your vote on Sept. 11 in the Democratic Primary. Together, we can turn this great city around.

— Michael A. Morin

Stuart Gitlow August 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM
So you are offering an incentive to new businesses for moving here - a discount on taxes, with a gradual increase to a stable point that is less than the current rate, with current businesses provided with a gradual decrease of taxes to that same stable point. That's a nice idea and we certainly have a good deal of available square footage for businesses to utilize. As for improvement of revenue, we need to think outside the box and study examples of similar cities and what they have done across the country to meet their obligations. It would be easy if we had a ski mountain next door or if we were on the shore and had water views. But we do have a rail line and a waterway and excellent housing and office stock. There are creative ways of utilizing that to increase revenue to the city, particularly if the state embraces such a course so that other cities in need could invest in their future as well. If we successfully get passenger service to Providence, imagine how quickly Woonsocket could become a commuter haven. Good for Providence and good for Woonsocket.
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
we may have lost wallmart as business but they are still paying property tax. nothing lost. sucking people dry is not the answer. realestate investment in apt. business is also not the answer. but comming up with a plan that i have on multi houses will change things reduce number of units and still bring in the same tax dollar. there may never be enough poeople to rent these apts.again. my plan would solve that. and also reduce schooling. my total plan woud also stimulate construction jobs in the city.
la_mouffette August 19, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I think someone told me once that you have to buy time to be on the Dionne show, but I don't know, that could just be a rumor. I believe Wake Up Woonsocket (Tommy Brien, Saturday mornings) has a guest pretty much every show, I think. and unless I misunderstood him, Phil Labreque on The Pulse ( Friday afternoon-evening) is inviting anyone who's running to go on his show. I caught part of a show where Jon Brien was the guest. Stu, it's a good way to get exposure with the constituents. Go to http://www.wnri.com/personalities.htm and email them!
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
rail system would be great for working outside of woonsocket.People living in woonsocket is another problem . heres the problem we have no place to house them in the deplorable situation in housing.we need to start improving our stock of housing. that does not meen stick vynil siding on it.and have a bunch of sub standard contractors work on them .I have a complete plan to address every issue on doing it correctly and yes you did understand my rambling about business
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 08:09 PM
thanks LA for providing the details on radio. this is the way that things get done. keep on improving on any one subject.
Still Hope August 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Sue Menard strongly advocated and was working on a plan for expanded rail service to and from The Woon. She also supported many many programs new and existing business, many which included tax breaks. Oh yeah, and she also offered incentives to homeowners and landlords to fix up the homes, especially lead remediation. This was all put on the back burner when the current administration pushed her out. The lady had a good vision, but didn't always make the right moves.
Still Hope August 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I've heard that same Walmart argument from the city businesses director. It's still wrong and misleading when you say it too. Yes, the property tax is still there and we can still get our Walmart fix, but you miss the intangibles that are taking shape in the business environment because of this. I like the rest of your post though. May I suggest you write a letter to the editor with details?
Still Hope August 19, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I'd like to retouch on the supplement tax issue with a comparison: The Homestead Exemption(42%/15%/5%) is phasing out and will destroy homeowners and I will show why. Let's compare a single family home and a 4-family home, both $100k for ease, Res tax rate $32.26: Homestead on single is 42% so assessed value is $58,000. Tax is $1871 Homestead on 4-fam is 0% so assessed value is $100,000. Tax is $3226 Now watch this: If a 13%($3.15) supplemental tax takes place. Homestead on single is 42% so assessed value is $58,000. SupTax is $183 Homestead on 4-fam is 0% so assessed value is $100,000. SupTax is $315 Clearly, all properties without a Homestead take more of the tax burden. This supplemental tax was voted down and instead the Homestead was phased out. So if that same supplemental tax is implemented with no Homestead. Homestead on single is 0% so assessed value is $100,000. Tax is $3226 Homestead on 4-fam is 0% so assessed value is $100,000. Tax is $3226 Homestead on single is 0% so assessed value is $100,000. SupTax is $315 Homestead on 4-fam is 0% so assessed value is $100,000. SupTax is $315 The single family is given the same tax burden as investment properties. A single family with the supplemental tax would have paid $2054. Since Homestead will be gone, it will be more like $3541. You voted down the Supplemental increase of $183 only to get a future increase of $1487. How does this make sense?
Mew August 19, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I for one will not vote for anyone who is a firefighter, policeman, teacher, the General Assemblay is just full of the above I just mentioned, they make sure they vote for their own!!!! Mr Morin as a firefighter has been one for a good long time, also count in his being a captain will havre one heck of a great pension!!! Now he wants to get in the G/A recieve another pension, health care. No! not what I want in there. Remember folks, another gentleman firefighter is running for the G/A !! Mr Casey!! why are they all so interested in helping us out?? I think they want to help themselves !!!!!
Still Hope August 19, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I was golfing with a retired cop last week. He said: "Why would we pay to have less cops but getting overtime when we could pay to have more cops and getting regular pay. I'd rather have more cops walking the streets for the same cost" Note that the mayor is neither a policeman or fireman, yet he is still running a pretty nice tab for both.
Dawn Mackenzie August 19, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Mew, You are discriminating against people who work for a living. Lisa is on disability from her union position in the post office. When voting, people should consider who is dedicated to making the city the “CITY ON THE MOVE” once again. It once had prosperous businesses and houses full of families. Who can bring that back? I can’t vote for Mike or Stephen but if I could, I would consider what they have to say rather than what they do for a living.
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 09:56 PM
hope lead remediation.is the biggest con game on earth. I knew that would happen one day, and started to solve that problen 15 years before it became law. For anyone that has a lead problem Do not remediate. there is a much better perfect solution to be lead FREE. No expensive bandaid for me. Menard did have some good ideas but didnt have enough knowledge in some areas. She also played to much political crap.And was a very dangerous woman to deal with at city hall . Most people would stay away from her. too bad for my city.
George bean August 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Hello to all. I have a question for Mr Gitlow. Sir, how long have you (and any family if you have a family) lived in Woonsocket?
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
MEW neither here nor there, Morin is a rep. Have to give him credit. he does a great job on what he is intrusted to do. We now as taxpayers just need to find out, will he be a wolf in discise in the hen house or not. A question that needs to be asked and answered of him and be on record. I dont know the answer. But i will not accuse.
John Silva August 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Your obviously not to bright "mew" . Mr. Morin can't collect a second pension. He would be able to though if he was on a Federal Disability Pension like Rep. Hunt is. He is just what this City needs. Someone who isn't afraid to fight. Like a breath of fresh air.
George bean August 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Mr. Gitlow, I was asking a question I knew the answer to. You and your wife have lived in RI for 15 years, so why does she have Vermont license plates? RI Law is specific. It's clear to me you/she are avoiding RI taxes and taking advantage of lower taxes in Vermont. That is pathetic and illegal. And ultimately, the City of Woonsocket loses tax revenue. Good luck on the campaign!
George bean August 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Mr Gitlow, your wife drives a white SUV with Vermont plates. That is a fact. Just prior to your first campaign, your car was also registered in Vermont. Those records can be looked up with the DMV. You stated you lived in RI for 15 years. Three years ago two of your "alleged" three vehicles had Vermont license plates. Let's not play games.
Dave August 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM
As stated above,the GA has to be convinced to change the law that protects bondholders too much.Wishful thinking on my part i know,but i can't think of anything else other than a taxpayer revolt.
Susan Pawlina August 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Stuart, that was "Georges" way of welcoming you to Woonsocket lets hope "George" cant find something on your 8 year old son if he could I think it would make "Georges" day!
Jan Allard August 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Who is their right mind would vote for Lisa Baldelli or Jon Brien. What have they both done in the last 2 to 4 years for taxpayers in Woonsocket? If you think getting over 2 million dollars for a drug infested park is an accomplishment, there is definitely something wrong with people. Neither one of them has ever tried to attack welfare reform, went against the supplemental tax bill, knowing it's coming anyways. It's all about votes at election time. I don't think for one minute they really care about the taxpayers. It's all a bunch of bull crap...
Alreadysickof2012 August 20, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I heard that Lisa Baldelli-Hunt raises unicorns and spins wheat into gold and that Michael Morin actually lives under a bridge and harasses billy goats. You stupid people have no clue what is actually going on. Get a clue. Your "facts" are wrong. The local waters have atrophied your meager at best brains and have greatly diminished your capacity to navigate truths. There hasn't been a contest this heated in a long time! All we need now is to get Jerry Deluca and reactivate the burgeoning Woonsocket Democratic Committee.
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I know what's going on,dad tells me every day.Who the hell is Jerry DeLuca,some kind of mob informant?
Scott H August 20, 2012 at 02:33 AM
You are absolutely correct. I don't care if both are in unions. Nothing has changed with the incumbents in office. They care about themselves. Mr. Brien made money off of Central Falls going bankrupt and will probably do the same if Woonsocket follows. Mrs. Baldelli-Hunt is on a disability pension from the post office. This is crazy. I hope we come out in huge numbers Sept 11 to vote these people out of office
Russell Archambault August 20, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Alreadysickof2012-----. Getting a little too high tonight? Must be really good stuff !! try to overdose so you can save us all your ssi check ! please also return your free phone . thank you
Scott H August 20, 2012 at 02:42 AM
What isn't true? I would like to know.
Russell Archambault August 20, 2012 at 02:43 AM
JR-- im getting tired chasing you from site to site please stay in one place.
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Just so everyone knows....i'm votin' for Morin,he's got my back.Sorry Russ,had a little too much gin tonight!
Oh Brother August 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Is the info above correct in reference to the supplemental tax being 13%?
JPicard August 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Creepy, George. Are you stalking her?
JPicard August 24, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Given the time that has passed, a supplemental tax would need to be far more than 13% to have any potential for saving Woonsocket from Chapter 9.


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