Currently in his first run for City Council, candidate remembers when he first began to respect and admire the city he's spent his life in.
“When I was a kid, I would come to Woonsocket to visit my grandmother. I loved driving around the city looking at all the historic buildings and listening to stories about what Woonsocket used to be like," he said.
"I have been a realtor for four years and a resident for eight years; it is clear that this city is going in the wrong direction. The businesses are leaving and residents are putting their homes up for sale,” Mancieri said of his motivation for running.
As a City Councilman, Mancieri says he will propose three programs in his first year. The first is a "Build New" program to give tax breaks by only paying on the land value for a number of years. This will encourage builders to buy foreclosed or multi-family properties, demolish them, and build new high value properties. The second program is "Quality of Life." This program will restore street lights where necessary, put flower pots/decorations on poles through individual sponsorships, and levy fines on owners or tenants who do not maintain their properties. The third program is "GROW Woonsocket" which will solicit small donations to give out as grants to new and expanding businesses in the city.
Mancieri aims to pass legislation that will put Woonsocket on the right track. His eight-point plan is listed below. He is asking for your vote on Nov. 8.
1.Business Development - A record of moving businesses to Woonsocket and assisting one start up business.
2.Low Taxes - A commitment to not increase taxes for wasteful spending, and to reduce the commercial business tax rate.
3.Education – Work with the school committee to develop a high school program for seniors that offers 1/2 day in school and a 1/2 day internship at local businesses.
4.Public Safety – Restore necessary street lights for neighborhood safety.
5.Transportation – Advocate for the return of commuter train service and extend the Blackstone Valley Bike Path to Market Square.
6.Build New Program – Tax breaks for building new homes that will increase property values. Create Quality of Life programs that will improve the appearance/reputation of the City.
7.Economic Development – Boost tourism and business development by enhancing the information/design of the Woonsocket website. Work to establish and promote districts within the city such as a Main Street Arts destination, better promote Diamond Hill as a major retail shopping district and the downtown areas as a professional office area using the GROW Woonsocket program grants for new and expanding businesses.
8.Environment - Oppose a waste to energy incinerator in Woonsocket. Promote green/solar business technology.