Revere Neighborhood Advisory Council to encourage community participation in gov’t

Revere Neighborhood Advisory Council to encourage community participation in gov’t

REVERE – Recently, Mayor Rizzo convened the first meeting of his newly formed Revere Neighborhood Advisory Council (RNAC): a group of stakeholders and community activists from Revere. The mission of RNAC is to represent the interests of Revere’s diverse neighborhoods in the development and implementation of governmental policies that impact residents’ quality of life.

“During my campaign for Mayor, the one thing I heard over and over again from the community is that residents want a voice in the creation and implementation of governmental policies. For this reason I created the Revere Neighborhood Advisory Council. RNAC will serve the vital role of helping my administration weigh the impact of policies that affect Revere residents,” commented Mayor Rizzo.

RNAC consists of six members, one from each ward, from the City of Revere. Each member will work to coordinate with other community groups in his or her neighborhood in order to establish more lines of communication between the community and city government.

The membership of the advisory group is meant to reflect the face of Revere’s growing diverse population.

Mayor Rizzo’s advisory council will be an extension of the Mayor’s Office helping to create long term strategies and solutions to some of the major problems facing the city of Revere. Meetings will be held bi-monthly where the team will focus on large scale quality of life issues that are impacting the city as whole.

The first major project that RNAC is taking on is helping to create events around National Night Out which is occurring in Revere (July 31st). Cities and towns across the country participate in NNO in order to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness along with create support for local anticrime programs.

A formal swearing in ceremony for the group will be held in the Mayor’s Office in the coming weeks.

Members include:

  • Betzy Rodriguez, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Suffolk Mental Health Association

  • Erin Yates, who currently works for the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office

  • Chanvatey Samon, who is very involved with neighborhood groups in the Shirley Avenue area

  • James D’Errico, who consults for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation

  • Patricia Braid, who was a Coordinator in Mayor Menino’s Office of Neighborhood Services in East Boston and the North End where she helped with constituent issues and coordinating with neighborhood groups and business associations

  • Scott Cappelluzzi, who worked at Wonderland Dog Track. Scott was named chair of RNAC at their first meeting.

The preceeding article was provided by the Office of Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo.

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