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Transitioning in Revere, Malden with Mayor-Elects

By Keith Spencer

REVERE/MALDEN – In the coming weeks, NoBo will meet with many of the local Mayors and Mayor-elects in the region to discuss how they plan on moving their communities forward in 2012 upon their upcoming inaugurations.

Next week, we’ll interview Mayor-Elect Dan Rizzo of Revere, who is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, December 20 at 6PM at Revere City Hall in the City Council Chambers to collect input from residents that will help shape the future of Revere.

Chairpersons of Rizzo’s Transition Team subcommittees will be available to community members, who are being asked to bring their questions and recommendations to the meeting.

“I campaigned with the understanding that city government can and must do better in order to serve the people,” commented Mayor-Elect Rizzo in a release on his website.

Revere Mayor-Elect Daniel Rizzo/Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office

“I want your ideas, energy, and passion with me as we move forward. I am humbled and honored to be the Mayor-elect of Revere.”

Over 60 policy leaders, academics, business owners, and other community leaders attended Rizzo’s first transition meeting at the start of the month, and the team has announced that the findings from all ten subcommittees will be finalized by Tuesday, December 27th.

Rizzo won the Mayor’s race by a margin of over 1,500 votes.

Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson of Malden is also hard at work, asking for input from both individuals and businesses polling residents and businesses as he prepares to take over the top position in Malden. Mayor Richard Howard will be exiting early in the New Year, and take the helm as manager in Winchester.

Christenson is assessing for areas: (1) resident communication with city government, (2) experiences on doing business in Malden, (3) the Mayor’s Housing Task Force, and (4) overall operations of city government.

Malden Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson/Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office

“We are hoping to get a tremendous response from residents and business owners so we can identify clear plans of action for addressing these topics on day one,” stated Christenson in a release.

“As I said repeatedly on the campaign trail, communication is the key and we’d like residents to tell us how they want to communicate.”

Christensen has also announced the members of his transition team, who have already begun their work in helping assess the same four aspects before he takes office on January 2nd.

“I am very happy with the caliber of the team as we have drawn professionals from the ranks of the residents, the business community, and elected officials and I know that they are up to the task that I have charged them with,” said Mayor-Elect Christenson.

Greg Lucey, who had been previously announced as the Transition Chair, will work with Liz Hart, Patrick Hayes, Mai Du, Craig Spadafora, Maria Luise, Mostafa Elbadaoui, Judy Bucci, Stephen Winslow, Teddy Louis-Jacques, Kathleen Manning Hall and Kevin Duffy in the efforts to create a smooth transition for Christensen.

Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor Tim Murray welcome the twelve newly-elected mayors of the Commonwealth.

Both Mayors met with Governor Deval Patrick earlier this week, along with all the other Mayor-elects from around the state.

To learn more about Mayor-Elect Rizzo, visit www.danrizzo.org.

To learn more about Mayor-Elect Christenson’s transition, visit http://www.christensonformayor.com.

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