Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he will present revenue options in his fiscal 2014 budget and a $6.5 million capital plan.
Fiscal discipline and efficient services have served Braintree well over the past few years, and while the town will need to look at more avenues for savings and revenue as federal spending tightens and the economy wavers, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said Braintree's government is well-prepared to face adversity. "We enter the sixth year of our new form of government in the midst of a slow and uneven economic recovery, with the impact of possible federal sequestration ready to hit us at week’s end," Sullivan said in his annual State of the Town Address to the Town Council Tuesday night. "We have persevered largely through our willingness to make the hard choices and not the easy fixes," the mayor continued. "We have left no stone unturned in our…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Starting next year, Braintree's mayor will have a salary of $125,000.
Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he stayed out of the months-long debate over a mayoral salary raise to avoid influencing the outcome, saying that the Town Charter places the responsibility soley on the shoulders of the Town Council. "It's an awkward discussion to be in," Sullivan said on Wednesday. "I appreciate the gesture." The Town Council voted to increase the mayor's salary from $105,00 to $125,000 earlier this month. Councilors considered the merits and parameters of a raise for seven months before deciding on the increase. The $125,000 figure, recommended by the Committee on Ways & Means, came from combining incremental raises based on the Consumer Price Index to the mayor's base pay through 2014 and adding several thousand dollars. …
Friday, February 1, 2013
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, …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Since the Newtown school tragedy, 14 Massachusetts mayors have joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition today as they continued their push on Congress to enact national legislation that will decrease gun violence. Among the delegates was Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who called for increased mental health protections and said that high-capacity weapons are meant only for the military. “Earlier this week, I asked the City of Boston to stand with us on guns and say enough is enough,” Menino said at the Parkman House on Beacon Street. “As Mayors, we have a responsibility to our residents to do all we can to make our neighborhoods safer. Today, we’re calling on every community in Massachusetts to stand with us. We must keep the pressure…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Traffic through Braintree during construction is Mayor Sullivan's chief concern.
In light of traffic concerns surrounding the current and future construction of the Fore River Bridge, Mayor Joseph Sullivan is calling for a public meeting in East Braintree for residents to hear from project officials. Sullivan submitted a letter as part of the public forum held Tuesday night in Weymouth, in which he requests a similar meeting bringing together the East Braintree Civic Association, Mass Highway and contractor J.F. White. "While I appreciate the need to get this long awaited permanent bridge in place, I have concerns, as do Braintree residents, on the construction phase of this project regarding exacerbated traffic conditions," Sullivan wrote. "Braintree, as an abutting town to this project, may have negative traffic …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan is teaming up with Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti to launch a new, free-of-charge safety program aimed at protecting senior citizens.
Under a program launched Monday by Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti, if first responders see a yellow sticker on the back window of someone's car, they will immediately know a standardized medical information form is in the glove box, providing them details that could help save the person's life. The national Yellow Dot Program, as it is known, is spreading throughout the county, and the sheriff plans to bring it to each community in Norfolk. Braintree is the 19th town to sign-up, with Quincy and Weymouth coming soon and nearby communities such as Canton, Holbrook and Randolph already on board. "Braintree is our strongest partner," Bellotti said at a press conference at Town Hall Monday morning. "We're here…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
What would you like to see happen in Braintree this year? Comment below.
In an interview reflecting on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he was proud of how far Braintree has come since its change in government, especially in terms of financial stewardship, and also anticipated challenges that will define the next year and the rest of his second term. Among the projects Sullivan plans to tackle this year are East Braintree Fire Department and Commercial and Hayward Street intersection improvements, park renovations and getting a deal done for the Petersen Pool Athletic Complex. Below are details on several focus areas: School Security Following the shooting in Newtown, CT, districts across the country immediately examined how safe their own schools were and took steps to beef up …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
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Elizabeth Warren held one of the last large events of her U.S. Senate campaign on Sunday afternoon at Braintree High School. Sen. John Kerry introduced the Democratic challenger, who was also flanked on stage by Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay. Warren faces Republican Scott Brown on Tuesday, Nov. 6. More photos and reporting from the campaign rally Monday morning on Braintree Patch.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Sullivan will also recognize the work of Eagle Scout Candidate Liam McGuire of Braintree who installed the benches as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
Friday, October 12, 2012
At 9 a.m. on the morning of Saturday the 13th of October Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan will host a brief ceremony to recognize Sustainable Braintree for their generous donation of three benches that have been placed on the Town Hall Memorial Mall. “Braintree is extremely grateful to Sustainable Braintree for their donation of these benches” Sullivan said, “I thank Sustainable Braintree’s President, Cheryl Edgar as well as her steering committee for partnering with the town to get these benches installed.” Sullivan will also recognize the work of Eagle Scout Candidate Liam McGuire of Braintree who installed the benches as part of his Eagle Scout Project. “Liam worked tirelessly to see that these benches were placed. He has worked hard to earn…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan's home rule petition for additional liquor licenses to spur small business development is before the Senate with alterations.
A bill before the state legislature that would give Braintree more liquor licenses was recently modified so that it no longer targets the permits to the Squares and Weymouth Landing and instead caps the size of eligible restaurants. Local officials say that the change, though not what was first envisioned by Mayor Joseph Sullivan, will not get in the way of the goal of spurring small business development. But the addition of two licenses to the initial proposal concerns some independent restaurant owners, who argue that Braintree already has a glut of chains and that the extras will dilute the value of their licenses. Sullivan's home rule petition originally allotted six licenses – two for each area targeted for development – with a goal …