Treasurer Deb Goldberg Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign for State Treasurer

Treasurer Deb Goldberg Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign for State Treasurer

With the crowd overflowing from the room, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg kicked off her re-election campaign last night.  Goldberg, who was introduced by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, spoke of how her principles and values have guided her tenure as State Treasurer.

“Economic stability, economic opportunity, and economic empowerment are the values I was raised with and what guides my work as your State Treasurer,” Goldberg told the crowd. “I am proud of what we have accomplished and am excited to continue to work for the people of Massachusetts as your Treasurer.”

In introducing Goldberg, DeLeo said, “Deb understands that the role of the Treasurer’s office is not just about dollars and cents; it is about making people’s lives better.  The programs she has created have had a positive impact for our children, our families, our veterans and seniors across this Commonwealth. Deb Goldberg has made good on all the promises she made when she ran, and she has truly made a difference in people’s lives.”

DeLeo continued, “Massachusetts is lucky to have Deb Goldberg as our Treasurer. I know she can and she will do even more for our Commonwealth and our residents in the future.”

Since taking office in January of 2015, Deb Goldberg has brought a commonsense business approach to the management of the treasury’s various offices.  Leading on initiatives that include wage equality, increasing diversity, and expanding access to financial education, she has also helped families save for college, protected the state’s pension fund and developed programs for veterans and seniors.  For more information, contact Treasurer Goldberg’s campaign at

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Council Spars Over Instituting Term Limits On Boards, Commissions

Council Spars Over Instituting Term Limits On Boards, Commissions

By Seth Daniel

A move by Councillors Damali Vidot and Enio Lopez supposedly aimed at diversifying the City’s Boards and Commissions was roundly criticized by several Council members Monday night – with Councillor Roy Avellaneda calling the drafters “cowards.”

Vidot said many on Boards and Commissions – such as the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) – have been in their volunteer seats for many years, and by enacting term limits, perhaps those bodies could become more diverse.

“Some of these boards make decisions we as a City Council have no say on and we have to face the residents,” she said. “We have people serving on some of these boards year after year. I respect the work they do, but the City is changing and maybe we need to think about diversifying these boards.”

That set off Councillor Avellaneda, who called the move “cowardly.” He noted that he had a problem with one Board member, former License Commissioner Ken Umemba, and he used the current process of Council oversight to try to remove him. That, however, he said, requires standing up and facing the dirty looks and the bad feelings.

“If you don’t want people on the Board, stand up and say ‘Thank you for your service, we don’t want you. We want someone else.’ This is cowardly. If you don’t have the guts to tell someone you don’t want them on the board to their face, then don’t do it. Standing up and doing that takes guts. It takes guts to say that to someone’s face.

“This is hypocritical,” he continued. “I can’t believe how hypocritical it is…I will fight against this. I will make a stink about this if I have to.”

Avellaneda referred to the process of Council oversight in his comments, which includes the Council having to vote for any appointment or re-appointment to all boards and commissions. The Council can vote down an appointment, which would require the city manager to put a new candidate forth.

Councillor Lopez said he was offended by being called cowardly in putting the idea forward. He said it had nothing to do with that.

“I’m not a coward,” he said. “We did this because we want to see change. Maybe it didn’t happen when you wanted it, but now it’s a different year and a different time. We want to see more people volunteer…We want people who want to come. The idea is to have different faces and not just the people who have been there all the time.”

That said, there isn’t exactly a line out the door waiting to serve on Chelsea’s boards and commissions. Many seats go unfilled, and a number of boards have trouble making a quorum in order to be able to have an official meeting – even critical boards like the Planning Board that can hold up development.

Councillor Giovanni Recupero brought that to everyone’s attention.

“If people don’t want to come serve on these boards, nothing will change,” he said. “The City needs to try to recruit people to sit on these boards. If no one wants to do it, then the people there should do it and I thank them for what they do because no one else wants to.”

Councillor Matt Frank had a good point in citing Chelsea’s history of corruption, and how the boards and commissioners purposely spread out power.

“In the past, too much power was centralized in only a few hands,” he said. “Our boards and commissions system de-centralized the power over all these boards and commissions. If you are proposing something, you might need to go to Economic Development, Zoning, Planning, and the License Commission. That’s a lot of people to go before. There was a time in the City when you had to grease one hand and you got things done. We don’t want to see that again.”

The matter was defeated by a vote of 2-8, with only Vidot and Lopez voting for it.

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Jay Ash is a True Superstar of the Baker Administration

Jay Ash is a True Superstar of the Baker Administration

Among those who spoke at Friday’s check presentation ceremony was Jay Ash, the administration’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, and it was plain to see why Jay was the first Cabinet appointee named by Charlie Baker shortly after his election in 2014.

Ash had been the City Manager of Chelsea for over a decade and performed an incredible job in raising that city from the ashes (no pun intended) to the point where it is one of the most vibrant communities in the state and won an All-American City Award under Jay’s tenure.

Jay is a graduate of Chelsea High (as is our Town Council President, Russ Sanford) and Clark University, where he excelled on the basketball court. He not only was articulate, humorous, and convivial, but he displayed a sense of professionalism about his job that transcended politics-as-usual: An understanding of how the legislative process works, coupled with real expertise in the realm of economic development.

The respect with which Jay Ash is held on Beacon Hill was evident in the remarks made by House Speaker Bob DeLeo, who related how he first got to know Jay when Ash was the chief aide to the former House Ways and Means Chairman and Majority Leader Richie Voke — and how obvious it was at that time that Jay Ash was a young man who was destined for big things.

It truly was a privilege to see Jay Ash in action, so to speak, and to realize that the entire Commonwealth is the beneficiary of such a dedicated public servant who truly wants to see our state become the best that it can be.

We’re fortunate that a person of Jay Ash’s caliber is working for the citizens of our state and we look forward to even bigger things from him in the future.

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Council Prepares to Evaluate City Manager on One-Year Anniversary

By Seth Daniel

The City Council has assembled a committee of three members to begin the annual evaluation process for City Manager Tom Ambrosino after the passage of his one-year anniversary on July 20.

As part of the City Charter, the Council must evaluate the Manager annually on a set of criteria defined by the committee.

This time around, Councillor Leo Robinson will chair the Committee and he will be joined by Councillors Matt Frank and Roy Avellaneda. Council President Dan Cortell appointed the members.

A meeting of the sub-committee hasn’t been scheduled yet, but will be once the Council reconvenes from the summer.

This week, in preparation, Ambrosino released his one-year self-evaluation of his work based on Economic Development; support for Chelsea Public Schools and Youth Initiatives; and Neighborhood and Quality of Life Issues.

For Economic Development, he pointed to the opening of Phase II of One North, just opened at the end of July; and the impending completion of the FBI building this summer. For hotels, the Hilton Homewood Suites and Events Center is fully into construction and will be completed in winter. He indicated two projects would break ground in the current budget year, including the Broadway Hotel near the Revere Line and the Fairfield Residential Project at the old Chelsea Clock.

The biggest piece of Economic Development, however, are tracts in the Downtown Business District and along the Chelsea Creek waterfront. Both are in the formative stages, but Ambrosino said there is major groundwork that has been completed on both.

He also indicated that the developers of the Forbes site in Mill Hill are interested in coming back to the City with a much smaller, but still major, redevelopment.

Ambrosino also highlighted investment in the Chelsea Public Schools, noting that the Council approved his recommendation to reverse a net school spending deficit and make a significant investment in the schools. The expansion in funding has allowed the Citizens School program in the middle schools to reach more kids, and to bring on an after-school and summer program provider in For Kids Only. He also highlighted the Clark Avenue School building project that is well underway and that he is closely shepherding, having overseen numerous school building projects while mayor of Revere.

The City Manager also stressed in his review that he has targeted funding youth programs, including doubling the summer jobs money available for youth, creating a Youth Navigator position, and establishing a new Recreation and Cultural Affairs Division of City government.

His greatest asset, though, has been investing in neighborhoods.

He listed the investments in the Downtown Corridor, as well as the quick successes of the Navigator and services on demand programs for those who congregation in Bellingham Square. Additionally, he highlighted park investments and streamlining services at City Hall.

“The paramount task of any municipal government is to improve the life of its residents,” he wrote. “During this past year, through collaboration and good decision-making, we have advanced this goal. I look forward to another productive year ahead.”

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Housing for Young Parents to Open in Chelsea

The Neighborhood Developers (TND) and Roca announced on Tuesday afternoon the completion of Lewis Latimer Place in Chelsea – a four-unit supportive housing development on the Shawmut Street site of the birthplace of Lewis Latimer.

With the support of the City of Chelsea, and other funding partners, The Neighborhood Developers has redeveloped the formerly vacant site into four, two-bedroom homes. The newly constructed apartments at Lewis Latimer Place will soon provide homes for at-risk, or high-risk young pregnant or parenting families. The new apartments will provide affordable, energy efficient and healthy living located not far from the many amenities in downtown Chelsea.

“We wanted to think of solutions for high-risk people with children who don’t have housing,” said TND Director Ann Houston. “It’s hard enough to change risky behaviors and then to be a parent when you don’t have a home makes it so much harder. We thought about what we needed and looked at what would work and the Lewis Latimer home was born. This is four units and that’s a small drop in the bucket, but please see this as the first of many locations providing these types of housing and supports.”

The new building is named after Lewis Latimer, who was born in 1848 in a building that formerly occupied this site. The son of a runaway slave, Latimer executed the drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s patent for the telephone and invented a carbon filament to make electric lights longer lasting and more affordable. The ribbon cutting will include the unveiling of a plaque in Latimer’s honor. The plaque is a collaboration with Chelsea’s Lewis H. Latimer Society – headed up by City Councillor Leo Robinson and his brother, Ron Robinson.

“This is a big day for us,” said Ron. “We’ve been at it 18 years now to try to get something in Chelsea named for Lewis Latimer. We wanted to build a legacy and it’s forming now. Hopefully, three blocks up the street will be the Lewis Latimer Park…When we first started, there wasn’t a lot of information about him – a paragraph here or a museum there. We are now part of an organization united all along the eastern seaboard. We found this organization to use Latimer as a role model for young people to show that you can accomplish anything and overcome any obstacle with education.”

Lewis Latimer Place represents a new collaborative effort between TND and Roca pairing affordable homes with supportive services tailored to family needs. Roca is an experienced and nationally-recognized service provider that has helped more than 20,000 young people change their behaviors and transform their lives. Roca has partnered with TND to provide supportive services to residents, addressing interpersonal relationships, stage-based education, life skills and parenting supports, and employment programming.

“This is an exciting day. We are honored to collaborate with TND, the City of Chelsea and the funders on this great project, said Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO of Roca. “Supporting young people, one cluster of apartments at a time, will promise that our community helps young parents and families move towards stable and happy lives.”

The Lewis Latimer project team included Timberline Construction Corporation and Horne + Johnson / StepONE architects.

The project was also made possible with the support of the City of Chelsea, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Boston Private Bank, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, North Suburban Consortium, MassDevelopment, MassHousing, and Charlesbank Homes.

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Chelsea Part of Six-City Compact to Address Regional Development

Six Boston area Mayors and City Managers on Wednesday jointly announced the formation of the Greater Boston Regional Economic Compact, which will facilitate regional problem solving among the municipalities of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Quincy and Somerville.

“We are thrilled to announce this new partnership between our cities to address the regional economic challenges and opportunities facing the Greater Boston region,” announced the Mayors of Boston, Braintree, Quincy and Somerville and the City Managers of Cambridge and Chelsea in a joint statement.

“In order to succeed it is important that we first recognize that some of our greatest obstacles are not contained within city lines and that regional challenges require regional solutions,” said Mayor Walsh of Boston. “I look forward to working together with our surrounding partners to overcome obstacles and grow together across sectors and across borders.”

The municipal executives and their staffs will meet to strategize and solve common issues in the areas of housing, transportation, sustainability, and economic development that would benefit from a regional response.

As part of the compact, each participating city will explore committing funds to hire a full-time staff member to work with all participants and help develop a strategy for economic growth. In addition, a Regional Compact coordinator will be hired to develop a regional economic development strategy.

“The economy of the Boston region is too complex for each of us to identify ourselves by the community in which we live,” said City Manager Thomas Ambrosino of Chelsea. “While we might think of ourselves as being from Chelsea, or Boston, or Quincy, in reality we are all from the Boston region and we need to plan and foster investment in the region as a single unit.”

The Compact commits each participating City to five principles:

  • Commitment: Each community will demonstrate their commitment to developing a regional economic strategy by meeting at least every other month and establishing a formal structure for the group;
  • Leadership: These meetings will serve as a forum for participants to discuss regional economic development and related critical regional issues including, but not limited to housing, transportation, economic development and sustainability;
  • Follow Through: Participants recognize that success in leveraging regional economic opportunities and solving regional economic challenges requires persistent follow through. They will therefore regularly review progress made and challenges encountered;
  • Support: Participants agree to explore the appointment of a staff member to serve as a project manager for the compact, recognizing the need to coordinate and manage the several topic areas;
  • Inclusion: Participants will welcome and encourage other communities in Greater Boston to support and join the effort.

Aside from geographical proximity, the six participating cities and towns have chosen to join the compact because of their common identities and set of challenges. Last May, the mayors of Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville and Braintree announced the formation of the Life Sciences Corridor. The corridor was created to promote the robust life sciences sector along the MBTA red line in the Greater Boston region.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino signs the new six-city Greater Boston Regional Economic Development Compact on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone look on.

City Manager Tom Ambrosino signs the new six-city Greater
Boston Regional Economic Development Compact on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone look on.

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Cortell’s Response to Perlatonda’s Comment on Strip Club

I was most surprised to read of Councillor Joe Perlatonda’s unwillingness to oppose the return of a strip club he speaks of in the same breath as concerns he voices about prostitution, addiction and the negatives that go along with being the home of a Methadone Clinic. I’ve gladly become a vocal voice in opposition to the return of this type of establishment to the district I represent and call home, as I would anywhere else in this City. As someone I’m not sure has ever attended a Licensing Commission, Planning Board, Economic Development Board or Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, and am certain was at none with Phantom Ventures as a party, I’m not sure from where he gets his conviction. I know I get mine from going to them and hearing the vehement sentiments of those I represent along with others throughout the city who’ve reached out to me, including residents from his district.

With no better idea than hiring a Police Commissioner and clearly against the likes of a methadone clinic, but without the understanding that the time to contest an undesirable use is before it’s here, at least as to the “gentleman’s club”, I’m as confident he doesn’t speak for those he represents as I am that the rest of us will continue to fight for the better things we’ve earned.

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Council OK’s Ambrosino Contract at $170k Per Year

City Councillors unanimously approved a four-year working contract for new City Manager Tom Ambrosino that will pay him a salary of $170,000 per year – just a few thousand less than former City Manager Jay Ash made at his departure.

The contract also includes a residency waiver, meaning he will not be required to live in Chelsea as stated in the City Charter. Ambrosino resides on Revere Beach.

“I’m very satisfied with the contract,” said Ambrosino. “The negotiations were courteous and professional and I trust a harbinger of a good working relationship between myself and the City Council.”

Council President Leo Robinson had appointed a working group of himself and Councillors Matt Frank, Dan Cortell and Brian Hatleberg to negotiate the contract. Those discussions were extensive, but professional, he said, and went quickly.

City Solicitor Cheryl Watson Fisher also participated in the negotiations.

“I think we’re all on the same page,” Robinson said. “I’m ready to get started and I know Tom is ready. He’s going to hit the ground running.”

Councillor Frank, who did not vote for Ambrosino, said he felt the negotiations went very well. He said Ambrosino compromised on salary, while the Council compromised on the length of the contract – going from three to four years.

“We knew going in we couldn’t pay him more than Jay, but he does have a lot of experience,” said Frank. “I think we came to a good compromise. Given how the meetings went, if this is the way he normally does business, I can work with him. He was professional and everyone came out happy even though they didn’t get exactly what they wanted.”

One councillor was not exactly happy with the process of pounding out the contract, Councillor Giovanni Recupero, who was livid during the meeting on Monday night. He said later that he felt all councillors should have been involved in the negotiations and he thought the length of the contract was set in stone at two years. He said he was shocked to find out it was four years. Nevertheless, he did vote to approve it.

Ambrosino will begin on Monday, July 20, with Interim City Manager Ned Keefe’s contract running out at the end of July.

The contract specifies that Ambrosino will be entitled to a salary increase of 0-3 percent each year based upon the City Council’s performance review of his work. That decision will come on April 30 of each year.

He will get 25 days of vacation per year and cannot carry more than 10 weeks of vacation at any time. He will also get 15 sick days and will qualify for the sick leave buyback program. He also gets five days of bereavement leave for the death of an immediate family member.

He qualifies for all the normal City benefits, including health, dental and retirement.

Ambrosino will be provided with a City vehicle to use in order to perform his City Manager duties. However, he will not be able to take it home and can use it only between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

He will, by contract, be evaluated each year in the following 11 categories: Finance, Economic Development, Neighborhood Enhancement, Community Development, Public Safety, Government Philosophy, Personnel Administration, Policy Execution, Intergovernmental Relations, Community Leadership/Public Relations, and Overall Effectiveness.

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Ambrosino Chosen to be Next Chelsea City Manager in 8-3 Vote on First Ballot

Ambrosino Chosen to be Next Chelsea City Manager in 8-3 Vote on First Ballot

Former Revere Mayor Tom Ambrosino has crossed the Chelsea line and become the new Chelsea City Manager – winning out Monday night in an 8-3 vote of the City Council during the first round of voting.

He faced former Portland (ME) City Manager Mark Rees, who garnered quite a bit of respect from the Council and managed three votes.

Ambrosino will be the third City Manager since Chelsea came out of receivership and accepted a new City Charter in the 1990s.

“I’m very excited,” said Ambrosino. “Since leaving Revere, I have come to miss the daily interactions with the public. I got a lot of satisfaction from that. I miss the feeling you go when you can make a difference in people’s lives. You got that chance as a mayor, and you get it as a city manager…I’m really looking forward to the challenge and will do my very best to show the people that I was a good choice.”

Ambrosino, who is now the executive director of the state Supreme Judicial Court, said he never would have guessed that he would one day lead the City next door to where he was mayor.

“I never would have guessed that and never gave it a whole lot of thought until I was approached and asked to think about it,” he said. “I thought about it and felt it would be a good opportunity. It had all the things I loved about being a mayor and it is missing many of the things that drove me crazy as a mayor – the fundraising and worrying about re-elections. I can immerse myself in urban policy, serve people and leave the politics aside. I’d have a contract and work under that contract.”

Ambrosino, however, won’t be moving to Chelsea – saying his circumstances don’t allow it right now.

“My personal circumstances are such that I’m not in a position where I can move, but I’m not far away,” he said, noting that he lives nearby in Revere. “People should expect to see me in Chelsea day and night. I don’t think anyone has to worry that I’m going to be a 9 to 5-er and then leave the city. That’s not the history of how I work in my jobs.”

Ambrosino served as mayor of Revere from 2000 to 2011, and previously served as a School Committee and City Council member in Revere. He is an attorney who graduated from Harvard Law School, and his father was a police officer in Revere.

One of his policies as mayor of Revere was to have an ultra-open door policy in which he would see anyone who walked through the door on nearly any issue. In Chelsea, despite not having to get elected, he said that would continue.

“I don’t plan on changing that,” he said. “I’ve had that approach at every job I’ve had, whether in the mayor’s office or at the Supreme Judicial Court.”

Ambrosino said he does not speak Spanish, and wishes he did, but didn’t believe any language barrier would prevent him from being able to address issues, big or small, that come his way.

“I’ve always had success working with individuals and people regardless of any language barriers,” he said. “I certainly wish I spoke another language, but I don’t. However, it will not prevent me in the least from providing the services that people need.”

Right off the bat, former City Manager Jay Ash – now the state Secretary of Housing and Economic Development – said he was glad to see his former municipal colleague become his successor.

“He is among a handful of the best public sector managers I know,” said Ash. “He is admired by many both for his work in Revere, where he distinguished himself as a great mayor, and then his work around the region, both for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Metropolitan Mayor’s Coalition. He has the great combination of outstanding public policy credentials while being able to also be effective operations guy. During his time in Revere, I would often seek advice from him. I appreciated the way he thinks through issues and I admired him for his vision about how government should be responsive to its residents.. I believe he is going to fit into Chelsea well, as he is a champion of urban communities and a great people person as well.”

Current Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo also said he was happy to see that his former city government colleague would be next door working as a municipal official.

“I’m thrilled for Tom and the city of Chelsea,” said Rizzo. “His experience and leadership is just what the city of Chelsea needs to fill the void left by Secretary Jay Ash who had literally transformed the city of Chelsea during his tenure as manager. I look forward to working with him as I had with Jay in the past on initiatives and toward solutions regarding issues that face our respective cities and our region.”

Councilors arrived at City Hall on Monday with a decision imminently on their minds. That only came after a whirlwind of activity last Saturday where interviews, public comment sessions and other discussion were had from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Last Saturday, both men went through a grueling interview process at Chelsea City Hall, where Ambrosino came out the most impressive to the majority of the Council.

The winning candidate needed seven votes as spelled out in the City Charter to secure the position, and upon arrival at City Hall on Monday, it was said that there were seven secure votes in place for Ambrosino. By the time the first ballot was called, he had picked up another vote to finish with eight.

None of those councillors who voted against him, including Clifford Cunningham, Matt Frank and Chris Cataldo, changed their votes to make it unanimous, but have pledged to work well with Ambrosino and are happy with him as the choice.

Council President Leo Robinson said he felt both men were qualified, but only one had the edge he was looking for.

“We had two good candidates,” said Robinson. “For me, I think I had to weigh the issue of him working in a community that close to Chelsea. He’s been part of the Mayor’s Coalition. He will come in and hit the ground running. We have a lot of momentum here, but we need someone to continue the path we’re going on. The other guy, Rees, was just as qualified, but to me, Tom Ambrosino had the edge.”

Councillor Joe Perlatonda it was a good choice and a solid decision.

“Both men brought different things to the table, but I think Tom Ambrosino had more of what the City was looking for than Rees,” he said. “I was happy we were able to choose him…Now, it’s time to get Tom in here and draft his contract and get things cleaned up.”

Said Councillor Paula Barton, “He’ll be more in tune to the needs of Chelsea because Revere is in such close proximity. It doesn’t have as many Latinos as we do, but Revere does have a Latino population too. He’s more like one of us in Chelsea.”

Councillor Calvin Brown said he was impressed with Ambrosino and noted he was well-respected on the state level.

“One thing that resonated with me is he said he missed the day-to-day work in City Hall,” said Brown. “He’ll be able to concentrate on building relationships. I think we did the right thing. Other councillors had a different opinion and they preferred their candidate.”

Those that preferred their candidate, Rees, said they weren’t disappointed, but just had a different opinion.

“I think the City Council was fortunate in having two exceptionally qualified candidates to choose from,” said Councillor Clifford Cunningham. “While I felt that Mark Rees’ extensive managerial experience and apolitical background were better suited to the position of an apolitical city manager, I am not disappointed because Tom Ambrosino is also exceptionally qualified to be city manager. I look forward to working with Tom Ambrosino as he works to lead Chelsea forward.”

Councillor Chris Cataldo had similar sentiments.

“It was a difficult decision, but in in the end I felt that Mr Rees was more of a professional manager than Mr. Ambrosino, and I felt that was key,” said Cataldo. “That’s not to say Mr. Ambrosino is not capable. I believe he will provide sound management; as I said, this decision was very close.”

Councillor Matt Frank said he was aware that his opinion probably didn’t have majority support, but he respected Rees and the interview he gave impressed him the most.

“I really liked his resume,” said Frank. “I think we’ve been selling the City so much that we now need to focus on building the city – building the community. I think Rees had good ideas. I was hoping Ambrosino could have been more up front about transparency issues…On the positive side, I think Tom Ambrosino will do a very good job and has great qualifications. I just thought ti would have been good to have a different path.”

For the record, those councillors voting for Ambrosino were Barton, Giovanni Recupero, Perlatonda, Robinson, Dan Cortell, Paul Murphy, Brian Hatleberg and Brown. Those voting for Rees were Cataldo, Cunningham and Frank.

The Chelsea City Manager process began last December when Ash announced he was taking a job with Gov. Charlie Baker as the new Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. The Chelsea City Council contracted with the Collins Center from UMass-Boston to run a search process, which started in late January.

By March 31, some 30 applications had been turned in, including one from Ambrosino. Names were whittled down to about 15 candidates, then seven, and a special Screening Committee chose four names to submit to the Chelsea Council for a decision.

However, two people dropped out of the process before the decision could be made, leaving only Ambrosino and Rees.

President Robinson said the next step is to negotiate a successful contract, and he has assigned that task to Councillors Hatleberg, Cortell

Council Clerk Paul Casino turns the page on the City Manager process Monday night as Council President Leo Robinson officially announces Tom Ambrosino as the next Chelsea City Manager. Ambrosino won by a vote of 8-3 on the first ballot.

Council Clerk Paul Casino turns the page on the City Manager
process Monday night as Council President Leo Robinson officially announces Tom Ambrosino as the next Chelsea City Manager. Ambrosino won by a vote of 8-3 on the first ballot.

, Frank and himself.

It is estimated Ambrosino could begin work in mid-July, and he told the Record he has a lot to learn about Chelsea, and that’s what he would spend his first few months doing.

“I feel like I do know a lot of the stakeholders there, but I have a lot of learning to do,” he said. “My first few months will be spent listening and going around and learning from the constituents, the business community, the organizations and so many others. I have a lot to learn about Chelsea and have no illusions that I know it like I know Revere. Having dealt with a lot of similar issues will give me a leg up, but my learning curve will be great.”

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Secretary Sudders at Chamber Breakfast

Secretary Sudders at Chamber Breakfast


State Secretary for Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders (center in photo) was the guest speaker at the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Spring Breakfast Wednesday at the Wyndham Hotel. Pictured at the breakfast, from left, are State Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Saritin Rizzuto, Secretary Marylou Sudders, Executive Officer of Community Colleges Bill Hart, and Chamber President Dennis Cataldo.

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