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Sullivan Elected President of Mass Mayor's Association

Sullivan, Braintree's mayor since 2008, was elected at a meeting in Boston last month.

Joseph Sullivan, Braintree's first mayor, was elected the president of the Massachusetts Mayor's Association last week.

Sullivan is currently serving his second four-year term as Braintree's top elected official. He was elected last year as the group's first vice president.

“Mayor Sullivan is recognized by his fellow mayors and local officials as a remarkable leader in his community and across the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Municipal Association Executive Director Geoffrey C. Beckwith said in a statement.

“The mayors of our state have asked him to serve as their President to advance the needs of our cities and towns, and we are very pleased that he has accepted this key post."

The election happened during the annual meeting of the MMA, held in Boston on Jan. 25 and 26. The mayor's association meets throughout the year to "discuss and strategize on major issues facing cities and towns, including local aid, transportation, education, economic development and job creation," according to an MMA press release.

Sullivan will continue to serve as a member of the MMA Board of Directors, which he joined two years ago.

“No city or town can go it alone, which is why we are all working together on critical issues," Sullivan said. "This year the debate will center on winning powerful investments in transportation, education and local aid to grow our economy, create jobs and build a strong recovery.

"We are committed to working with the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Legislature to forge a true partnership between the state and our cities and towns, so we can create a vibrant future for Massachusetts and every community. I appreciate the vote of confidence from my fellow mayors and I look forward to continuing my work with them and with the MMA in this new leadership role.”

Sullivan will also continue to serve on the statewide Local Government Advisory Commission, which meets regularly with the governor and lieutenant governor to discuss issues facing cities and towns.

Brian F Hickman February 02, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Mayor Sullivan is very well liked throughout the State. Other Mayor's recognize that he knows what he is doing. Oh, by the way, Cohasset just gave their "Town Manager" a raise a few days ago of up to $150.00. How big is Cohasset??
Matt February 02, 2013 at 09:17 PM
hickman. What does that have to do with anything?
Brian F Hickman February 03, 2013 at 12:39 AM
matt, The Mayor does a pretty good job for the citizens. What my previous comment was getting at, he should be paid a little more than what we give him now. Just my "opinion". We still have freedom of speech the last time i checked!
Matt February 03, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Well first of all Hickman I have no idea why your getting so upset I just asked a question. Second he got a federal grant of $ 615,000 to make the side walks wider by the Ross School. Third he wants to put 24 modular class rooms at the elementary schools in Braintree at a cost of $ 600,000 and he did not get a grant for this project. Fourth why not use the $ 615,000 for the modular class rooms instead. Fifth. He said when he first took office as mayor he would do the roads in Braintree over. He did do a lot of the roads in South Braintree but when it came time to fix the roads in East Braintree he stopped fixing roads. Sixth He is going to spend over a million dollars to turn the old Water Dept building on Washington Street into a museum a huge waste of money. Seventh He wants to spend yet another million to turn the old Beld site on Allen Street into a museum and amphitheater. Eighth He wanted to spend $ 500,000 to buy land off route 37 to build a dog park making it the most expensive toilet in the state. Ninth after he found out he won his first election he said he would do away with the trash pick up fee which cost's the people of Braintree about $ 170 a year. It is still as far as I know still in place. So after all his wasting money after all his broken promises you still think he should get a raise?
Brian F Hickman February 03, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Matt, i am not upset at all. The town is better off since we changed to this form of gov. Schools are good, services are real good and we are holding our own with Money in trying times. I am satisfied with my neighborhood and living in the Town of Braintree. Thats my opinion and i am sticking by it. Take care Matt! We agreed on the Notre Dame linebacker and were RIGHT! Can't agree with U on this one!
Matt February 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Well no kidding hes better then the old group that used to run the town lol . Monkeys sitting in a room throwing around there own waste would be better then that old group.
Mike L February 28, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Wow surprised that an ex-cop believes in freedom of speech

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