Friday, April 21, 2017

JOHN DRUSINKAS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR WARD 6 COUNCILOR

John Drusinkas announced that he will be running for the Ward 6 seat currently held by Jack Lally the youngest Brockton Ward Councilor ever elected at the age of 18.

We will be interviewing both the incumbent Jack Lally who returned our call yesterday and Mr. Drusinkas who we been in touch with about what his plans are for Ward 6. Lally when elected is quoted as saying that Ward 6 wanted young blood and he was going to shake things up. He held a meeting in March of 2016 asking for fiscal responsibility about the 400 million dollar budget and helping residents understand where and how the budget is spent.
So more to come for Ward 6

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

ROBERT TAYLOR TO RUN FOR 10TH PLYMOUTH DISTRICT

Robert Taylor knows Law Enforcement. He was with MassPort Police for 10 years and worked with the Federal Transit Police, Hull Police force and has been a Deputy Sheriff for Plymouth and Middlesex Counties. He also has been past Presidents of Police Square and Compass.

With immigration being such a hot issue and illegal immigration being the controversy that started when the current Representative for the 10th Plymouth District united a fire storm by  Rep. DuBois posted on Facebook that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was planning a raid in Brockton, Massachusetts. She included a warning, which read, "If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful." This has garnered attention from around the country.

 DuBois stands by what she did, even stating that she was helping immigrants to know their rights and was letting ICE know that their supposed raid in Brockton was compromised. 

Image result for michelle dubois state repMichele DuBois is no stranger to taking on Big Government and as always been a staunch supporter of People's rights and helping people when the Government has overstepped their power. As Ward 6 Councilor in Brockton back in August 2010. Councilor DuBois took on the Water Commission when they were back billing residents up to 10 years for broken water meters that were given false readings. She helped launch one of the largest protest at Brockton City Hall dubbed The Brockton Water Party to contest the illegal billing practices of the Brockton Water Department at the time headed by DPW Commissioner Mike Thoreson.

Some residents literally received a $100,000 water bill. Ayana Cato of Brockton received the largest back billed water bill for $100,000. Many other residents including Robert Ford was billed for water he didn't use and Councilor DuBois stood up against The Commission and also the Mayor at the time Linda Balzotti and fought to get the water meters replaced and was instrumental in helping residents receive rebates and helped put in a system that this would never happen again. 

Many in the community have taken the stance that immigration done legally is fine but illegal immigration is wrong and Robert Taylor is running for the 10th Plymouth District Seat.So  State Representative DuBois has said on record, She is against illegal immigration and criminal and doesn't support that but for people who have been in this country and work 2 or 3 jobs and have abided by the laws and have families, these are the people she is fighting for. Time will tell but one thing Michele is no stranger to tackling issues and conceived injustices in favor of doing what is right for the overall benefit of all constituents in her district.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Re-Elect Mayor Bill Carpenter: Endorsed By Brockton Police Patrolmen's Association

Published on Sep 13, 2015 To the residents of the City of Brockton: It is with great pride that the Brockton Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) endorses Mayor Bill Carpenter for a second term as Mayor of the City of Brockton. Mayor Carpenter has been an advocate for the men and women of the Brockton Police Department since the moment he was sworn in as Mayor in January, 2014. As Mayor, he supported the increase in the number of detectives in the narcotics and gang units. Subsequently in 2014, we nearly doubled the number of raids and increased drug arrests; allowing the Brockton Police Department to get dangerous criminals, drugs and guns off the streets. Mayor Carpenter has invested in technology to support Brockton police officers as he led the fight for 'Shot-Spotter' expansion, Brockton's first fingerprinting technology, and the push for more video cameras throughout the city. Each of these measures has not only enhanced the work of the Brockton Police Department but protects the officers who risk their lives on a daily basis. The results speak for themselves as there has been a major reduction in almost every major criminal category; the number of breaking and entering cases is down 25 percent, forcible rapes are down 24 percent, robberies are down 15 percent, aggravated assaults are down 11 percent. The return of the motorcycle and bicycle patrols has aided in the downward trend in each one of those categories and has allowed the Brockton Police to have a better rapport with the citizens of the City. We believe in Mayor Carpenter's leadership and commitment to the Brockton Police Department. Therefore, the Brockton Police Patrolmen's Association proudly endorses Mayor Bill Carpenter for a second term as Mayor of the City of Brockton and we hope you join us in voting for Mayor Carpenter, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Sincerely, William Healy, President Brockton Police Patrolmen's Association

Sunday, September 6, 2015

OPEN LETTER FROM BROCKTON CANDIDATE COUNCILOR AT LARGE CRAIG PINA

Dear neighbors and fellow citizens of Brockton,

My name is Craig Pina and I am running for Councilor at Large in our city. I am running because, as a lifelong Brocktonian, I have seen our home go through some good times, as well as some times that were not so good. I am deeply concerned about the future of Brockton and the people who live here. As your Councilor at Large, I will work to make Brockton a better place to live and a great place to do business. By working to strengthen the business community, we will
  • Attract more and better jobs to Brockton
  • Improve the safety of our streets
  • Strengthen our already outstanding school system
  • Improve the quality of senior life
  • Ensure that nobody “falls through the cracks”
All are keys to making Brockton a better place to live and raise a family.
I am looking forward to meeting as many residents as I possibly can this year and truly listening to your concerns and, when elected, work to implement your good ideas to improve Brockton and build a greater sense of community for ALL of our residents.
 
Highlights:
~ Brockton High School Graduate - 1988
~ Lifelong Brockton resident - Brockton has always been a great place to live and raise a family, Craig would like to make sure it stays that way. Craig grew up on Cary Hill, where his father, Charlie Pina, ran Brookfield Little League for much of the '80's. He lived for 10 years with his wife and two daughters in the city's east side, the family has lived in Ward 1 for the past 7 years.
~ Committed to Community Service - Craig has served on numerous boards and committees over the past two decades working with organizations such as
  • Brockton Conservation Commission
    • Commissioner 2014 - Present
  • Metro South Chamber of Commerce
    • Ambassador Committee
    • Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Rotary Club of Brockton
  • Boxer Football Alumni Association
    • 2015 Golf Tournament Chair
  • NO to New Heights Charter School - Co-Founder
  • Brockton Against Common Core - Co-Founder
  • Rabboni Lodge A.F. & A.M.
    • Past Master - 2011 to 2012
  • St. George Lodge A.F. & A.M.
  • Brockton Republican City Committee
    • Chair 2012 to 2014
  • Brockton Water Commission
    • 2006 to 2010
  • Brockton Day Nursery
    • President from 2007 to 2010)
  • Brockton Fights Back
    • Summer Solstice Festival Committee Chair
  • Old Colony YMCA
    • Former Chair Big Sister/Big Brother Program
    • Old Colony Y Services Corporation (past board member)
  • Children's Museum in Easton
    • Past board member
  • Greater Plymouth County United Way
    • Allocations Committee
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts (Area Manager from 1998 to 2004)
    • Built a first of its kind program in Brockton utilizing collaborations between City Government, Brockton Schools, and the local business community
  • Kiwanis Club of Brockton
    • Past President
    • Started B.U.G. (Bring Up Grades) Award program in 6 inner city schools
    • Joseph Strazzula Award Recipient

Saturday, September 5, 2015

GREAT ARTICLE FROM 2014 BY MICHELE MORGAN BOLTON ON THE 1 BILLION DOLLAR'S IN TAX EXEMPT PROPERTIE'S IN BROCKTON

This is an article I came across the other day and  I didn't realize that Brockton has a little over 1 billion dollars in properties that are claimed as non-profit and pay no taxes or tax exempt. They use up a lot of services such as MainSpring, High Point and many others when they have to call BPD or BFD. In lieu of that I believe that we need to assess some type of fee like surroundings towns due. If we could get 5% of that Billion we are looking at some real revenue coming in. Also look into some of the salaries of the CEO's of these non-profits and you will be amazed at how much they make but that another story. Every little bit helps and we have to really buckle down and start taking care of Brockton.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BROCKTON ELECTIONS NUMBERS BREAKDOWN


                            BALZOTTI                                                                CARPENTER
   
WARD 1                 1329                                                                    1111
WARD 2                  527                                                                      855
WARD 3              1286                                                                     1034
WARD 4             1101                                                                       855
WARD 5              935                                                                     1242
WARD 6              854                                                                      992
WARD 7             948                                                                       946
                      _________________________________________________
TOTALS           6980                                                                     7035
                       49.80%                                                                 50.20%
COUNCILOR AT LARGE (4)
                                       TOTAL

Robert Sullivan                  7859
Jass Stewart                      7012
Moises Rodrigues             4609
Shaynah Marie Barnes      3834
Paul Beckner                    3431

Craig Pina                        3344
James Daley                     2856
Anthony Donegan            2557
WARD COUNCILOR
Ward 1                             Totals

Timothy Cruise                  1186

Tom Sedell                       1132


Ward 5                            Totals

Dennis Denapoli                1006

Ollie Spears                       990

Ward 6                            Totals

Michele DuBois                1061

AnnMare Fitzgerald            653  

Ward 7                            Totals

Shirley Asack                    932

Timothy Sullivan              744


SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Ward 2                         Totals
Andrew Robinson        700
Krystel Love               345

Ward 3

Allisha Jean Clark     950

Mark D'Agostino      921

Ward 5
Judy Sullivan               1092

Gwendolyn Nauls         734

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gary Keith Sr., Community Activist is Endorsing Bill Carpenter for Mayor

Gary Keith Sr., Community Activist who ran for City Councilor is endorsing Bill Carpenter in a statement to Brocktonbeat "It was a very last minute decision because it was a hard decision to make as I believe that Mayor Balzotti has done a remarkable job over the last 4 years and I really like her personally, but when I ran for city Councillor at large, I did so with trying to make positive changes in our city to move us forward, and after talking to both candidates on occasions, I believe that Bill Carpenter is the stronger candidate to lead this city forward.

 AS, I have said on many occasions when Bill and I have talked, we differ on the power plant, but we have more issues than just that and if Brockton were to get a PP, it will be because of the sitting council that will win this Tuesday. As far as some personal issues he might of had, were just that, HIS personal issues, that if I were faced with the same situation, would have probably done the same thing. However, our city budget accounts have safe guards on them called fiscal watchdogs, as well as a CFO and our city Councillors who vote off on anything like that.

 The best thing I like about Bill Carpenter for mayor is that he maintained what he believed in throughout the whole election without wavering even in the face of opposition and scrutiny, but he came with a plan, whether you liked it or not, he had a plan which showed him thinking outside the box. Brockton has so many problems that we need someone with new innovative ideas and someone who is going to think outside the norm.

 Bill Carpenter is a dedicated family man, like myself and I can relate to him wanting to make Brockton the best place it can be for his family to live and for all families to live. As my campaign slogan was transition for change, well if Bill Carpenter is elected as our next Mayor, the changes that I wanted to see if I were elected to city council will start to materialize."

BROCKTON WATER COMMISSIONER & COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, PATRICK QUINN ANNOUNCES HE ENDORSES BILL CARPENTER

  • Brockton Water Commissioner & Community Activist, Patrick Quinn announced on InBrockton.com he has endorsed Bill Carpenter for Mayor ! Patrick Quinn joins Gary Keith & Dick Zaccaro as another candidate who ran for office in this years primary publicly supporting Bill. Please read his endorsement letter below:
    Four years ago Linda Balzotti stood in my driveway agreeing with me that the attitude in City Hall had to change and with the support of people like me, Linda Balzotti became the next Mayor of Brockton.
    The following year the city went through it's "self created" water debacle at the same time I was being appointed Water Commissioner, representing the rate payers. I had discovered gross lies from the Department that led to executive sessions that were later ruled "illegal" by the State Attorney.
    As I informed the Mayor and the Chief of Staff who vigorously took notes of the Cities Lies and the Department's continued effort to villainize the citizens which lead to many almost loosing their homes , I was in not so many words asked to keep quiet. That is to keep quiet about a City Government that is run by the rule of mediocrity and that takes no responsibility for past actions and has taken no accountability for the lack of actions - I say NO, as every citizen should when those in-trusted to preserve and nurture our city have only blindly milked our quality of life.
    There are many issues to speak of, but after seeing the gaggle of teenagers throughout our city in neon yellow safety vests; "that of which the incarcerated wear while doing street duty", with brooms and buckets in hand without any adult or structured supervision but the painted words letting us know that these teens weren't criminals but rather "The Mayors Summer Youth Workers", I realized Mayor Balzotti was completely out of touch with the reality of our City.
    Though I am a strong supporter of "NO POWER PLANT" and are part of citizens lawsuit against advanced power I do not believe this is the sole issue facing Brockton. I do believe the next Mayor should put the question to the people as a binding referendum.
    It is time we start taking care of business the way it was done that brought our City to be known as a City of Champions and that is why I will support Bill Carpenter as our next Mayor of the City of Brockton on election day.
    Sincerely,
    PATRICK QUINN
  • Ryan Carpenter



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Brocktonbeat Endorses Ollie Spears for Ward 5 Brockton City Councilor

Dennis Denapoli has been in his position going on 14 years. Residents in his ward say he is not accessible and that he doesn't have Ward meetings consistently. In the past two years we have found two that the current Councilor has had. Residents are fed up with high crime in the Ward and the lack of leadership and insight that the Ward is in desperate need of. The current debate between Ollie and Dennis has shown some flaws in the current Councilors thinking and some of his recent actions are questionable.

First-we will start with the allegations of him taking signs of other Ward Councilors in the race of his Ward. One of the lawn signs that Dennis is seen taking is that of Gary Keith Sr. Dennis can be seen leaving his Truck quickly and taking a sign and throwing the sign in his truck and leaving quickly

Second- Dennis has not been very accessible to the residents. Many complaints of not returning phone calls back and lack of meeting in Ward 5 has led some residents to have informational meetings. Dennis was invited but did not attend. He cited that it would be an ethics violation because he is running for re-election and he doesn't have Ward meeting during elections because its an ethics violation. Brocktonbeat tried to find where these violations were and to no avail. You can watch during the debate when Dennis is constantly saying its an ethics violations and nearly has a stroke from being caught in a question that doesn't hold merit.

Third- Dennis is always talking about residency and that he supports the law on it but he is quoted as saying in the Enterprise on  June 17, 2013:
“I think residency has run its time,” DeNapoli said. “I believe probably if it was put back on the ballot. I don’t think it would stick anymore.”

The time for change in Ward 5 has come. Fourteen years is a longtime to have the same problems arise over and over again and not have any new ideas and energy coming in but having the same tired and almost burnt out efforts that is hurting Ward 5 and leading it done a further path of destruction that needs to be stopped.

Ollie Spears is the the blood and energy that needs to be pumped into Ward 5. He brings an new renew strength and hope to a Ward that is long overdue. He is accessible to the residents and he listens to what they have to say. He is quoted as saying he will hold monthly Ward meetings and is looking at forming and Eastside Business Association. Something that is long overdue. Ollie engages the residents to get involved an that energizes them to do something better for their Ward.

On November 5th vote for Ollie Spears Ward 5 City Councilor.


Brocktonbeat Endorses Pina,Beckner,Sullivan,Stewart for Tuesday, November 5th Councilor at Large Seats-People in Brockton Support Solutions.

Brockton- On Tuesday we go to the polls and vote. These are the people that we vote in and hopefully they will represent the people and make decisions and have insight into bringing about change to Brockton in public safety, engaging new business, decreasing property taxes, accountability within department heads and so many other issues that they all have a place on the table.

If we just choose a candidate because they believe one way on one issue then Brockton in the long end will loose out on opportunities that may present themselves. If are candidates are too one sided and have blinders on, then many other issues may go without and we might not end up with the best candidate for the job.

The City Councilors at Large that we have watched closely thru the years and the recent candidates that are running that Brocktonbeat endorse are:

Robert Sullivan- Incumbent- Offers his experience as Councilor and effectively ask questions when it come to property tax increases and also major concern with public safety. Easy to access and has a website.

Jass Stewart-Incumbent- Offers dialogue when it comes to nepotism and also offers diversity in the Councilor at large contingent. Always returns calls. Has a website and is everywhere.

Craig Pina-On the Issues Please Click. Has served on the Water Commission and bring vital knowledge when it comes to the Desalinization Plant in which Brockton is paying 6 million dollars a year to. His knowledge is important in this and he is one of the only candidate that  supports the Gateway Cities Principles and Goals. Has Great Website and is easily accessible. 

Paul Beckner- His Platform. Community Activist with Brocktonians for Limited Taxation and also been actively involved in the Community for Several Years. He has a style of communication where he will listen and actively seeks answers by sitting with the CFO or one of his idea's that sets him apart from other candidates is to have an advisory board made up of two-three people in each ward that will advise him on the issues. He is a team player and is actively involved in not raising the property taxes. He supports strong public police presence and looking at the budget and maximizing revenue that we are loosing thru contracts like Stonehill College were we are estimated to be loosing upto a quarter million dollars a year. Active Website and easily to get in touch with.

Remember the Slogan-----People(Pina) in Brockton(Beckner) Support(Sullivan) Solutions(Stewart). This is easy to remember for Councilor at Large Seats.


The other candidates for Councilor at large are Moises Rodriquez, Shayna Barnes, Anthony Donegan and James Daley.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Zaccaro endorses Carpenter in Brockton Mayoral Race

BROCKTON --- Dick Zaccaro, one of the co-founders of Brocktonians for Limited Taxation, announced today he will support Ward 5 School Committee member Bill Carpenter in his bid for the Mayor of Brockton.
"I fully support Bill Carpenter as our next Mayor of Brockton. We can no longer sustain any additional tax increases as currently being proposed by Mayor Balzotti's Administration to balance the $3.7 million dollar fiscal year 2014 budget shortfall. said Zaccaro. "We already have the 20th highest commercial tax rate out of 342 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and also the 78th highest residential tax rate out of the 342 communities. Any additional tax increase would be devastating to our local economy and result in a further reduction in any new growth."
Zaccaro, who is the Principal of Zaccaro & Associates, a third-party marketer representing various investment managers and products, believes the battle to keep property and commercial tax rates at competitive rates has been a losing proposition for the city of Brockton for the past four years.
"The city budget is getting completely out of hand at the tax payers expense," said Zaccaro. "I am extremely confident that Bill Carpenter has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to make Brockton a much safer, and financially sound place to live. Please join me in endorsing Bill Carpenter as our next Mayor of Brockton!" Carpenter gladly accepted the endorsement of one of Brockton's leading anti tax crusaders. 
"To have someone of Dick Zaccaro's stature in my corner is a great compliment," said Carpenter. "Dick has been on the frontline of the Brockton tax battle for several years and he has seen the voices of the people being ignored while the mayor increases taxes and gives pay raises to $100,000 administrators."
Zaccaro has a long and distinguished career in finance. He served in a vice president role at Wainwright Investment Counsel and the Hannah Group of Boston. He also worked his way up the ladder of the Massachusetts Treasurer's Office beginning as the Director of Cash Management Receipts Unit, followed by a term as the Director of Internal Auditing and Controls before becoming Chief of Pension Investment Operations at the Treasurer's Office. 
"To have someone with Dick's financial background back our campaign shows I am the candidate who knows how to get Brockton back on track economically." said Carpenter. "The way to bring revenue into the city is not to ride the backs of the commercial and residential taxpayers. It is with a solid plan to make Brockton a business-friendly environment."
Reprinted with permission from the Carpenter Campaign

Thursday, October 24, 2013

BCA/WXBR Brockton Ward 5 City Council Debate (10-14-13) BETWEEN OLLIE SPEARS AND DENNIS DENAPOLI

Interview with Brockton City Council-At-Large Candidate Anthony Doneghan on PM in the Am-WXBR-1460-AM

Mayor of Brockton Linda Balzotti joins Peter Czymbor & Mike Paiva in studio on WXBR 1460-AM.

Peter Czymbor & Mike Paiva chat with candidate for Mayor of Brockton Bill Carpenter on WXBR 1460-AM.

Interview with candidate for Brockton City Council-At-Large Paul Beckner on WXBR 1460-AM.

ROBERT SULLIVAN BROCKTON COUNCILOR AT LARGE INTERVIEW ON PM IN THE AM WXBR 1460- AM

JASS STEWART BROCKTON COUNCILOR AT LARGE INTERVIEW ON PM IN THE AM WXBR 1460-AM

CRAIG PINA CANDIDATE FOR BROCKTON COUNCILOR AT LARGE INTERVIEW ON PM IN THE AM WXBR 1460-AM

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

To all Brocktonians and Hubsters

To all Brocktonians and Hubsters:
I have an idea that might help with our problem of public safety and violence in our City. As we all know we are down about 100 patrolmen in order to satisfactorily cover crime throughout. I am developing ideas to help now and in the future. 

One ideas is, I am going to propose a Brockton Police Academy be developed. We train our own and those from other communities. What better place to learn how to be real law enforcement officials. I can see them running up and down Main St. Pleasant st etc. and utilizing the fairgrounds for training exercises. Who better to train cadets than the best Police force in the state. It would show the people that we are serious about stemming this lawlessness and violence. 

Let me know your thoughts and any obstacles you might think that we need to overcome. We, the people, can make this happen. 

Paul
Candidate for Councilor at Large. Www.paulbeckner.com

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WARD 3 MEETING

Ward 3 Meeting

  • Dates: 22 – 23 Oct, 2013
  • Location: Brockton, Mass.
  • Address: 900 Ash Street
  • Contact: Dennis Eaniri
  • Phone: (508) 587-1513
Ward 3 City Councilor Dennis Eaniri will host a Ward Meeting Tuesday, Oct, 22nd from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria of the John F. Kennedy School, 900 Ash St.  Guest speakers will be: Police Chief Emanuel Gomes, Charles Kilmer of the Old Colony Planning Council, and Police Officer William Healey.

For more information, call (508) 587-1513.