Campaign Issues

Below are the key issues of my campaign. As I go around the city and talk to residents, there maybe other key issues that we may add below:

Schools

  • Lowell High School Project Funding Agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
  • UTL Union contract for 1,700 teachers, para-professionals, custodians and cafeteria workers
  • Funding to support STEM education 
  • Adequate project funding to fix HVAC, Heating controls & Structural/Equipment repairs for several public schools such as McAvunnue, Butler, Pawtucket, Wang and Sullivan. Funding for roof and HVAC repairs needed for Lowell High School.
  • Upgrade telephone systems throughout the PreK-8 schools, to allow for better communication between parents and teachers, as well as increased safety and security by ensuring that 911 calls will be handled properly from within all classrooms
  • Fire Escape inspections and repairs are required at several City Schools. These include the Washington School (replacement), Cardinal O’Connell, Green, Moody and Molloy.
  • Fund all school safety and emergency preparedness measures

Infrastructure

  • Support key transportation infrastructure projects such as- Lowell Canal Bridges (TIGER) Project; Hamilton Canal Innovation District (HCID) North Infrastructure Project (Street F &G), HCID Parking Garage; Lord Overpass; Thorndike Street; Riverwalk and Concord river greenway
  • Comprehensive facility assessment to study each city-owned building, both municipal and school department and develop a preventative maintenance plan for each site. Adequate funding and training for Public Works department to be able to effectively maintain and repair municipal and school buildings
  • Fund replacement of aging AccuVote tabulators for elections department and purchase of new tabulators. Introduce an electronic check-in system citywide
  • Fully fund Department of Public Works (DPW) for maintenance of parks, streets, snow/ice removal, solid waste and recycling. Support City Wide Street Improvement Program including a pavement management program
  • Support Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU)’s infrastructure upgrades to Duck Island Waste Water treatment plant and remote pump stations and “Clean Stream Initiative” River sampling program
  • Transform garages into “transportation hubs” with bike and car share opportunities
  • Tanner Street realignment to support Ayer’s City Industrial Park Revitalization and Development plan

Economic Development

  • Utilize the State’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) to encourage companies to locate/expand in Lowell by providing right economic (Tax Incentive Financing) incentives
  • Market Lowell to potential developers and businesses through Economic Development Department and grow the tax base through economic development
  • Support designation of Hamilton Canal Innovation District in addition to portions of Jackson, Appleton, and Middlesex Streets as part of Transformative Development Initiative (TDI)
  • Reduce downtown commercial vacancy rates by attracting new businesses. Utilize Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) to develop residential units in downtown and adjacent areas. Evaluate feasibility of mixed retail.

Energy

  • Community Choice Power Supply Program for the City that allows residents in Lowell to have a stable supply rate for electricity.
  • Support “Solarize Lowell” initiative to make it accessible for solar energy companies to do business in the city that encourages individuals, businesses, and institutions to install solar energy systems
  • Support other DPD initiatives such as LED retrofit of streetlights throughout the City that offer energy savings in the long run
  • Produce energy from renewable sources- Develop brightfields and other large scale renewable energy facilities, prioritize installation of solar photovoltaic arrays and other renewable energy systems on municipal property such as parking garages, schools, and parks

Environment

  • Support Brownfields clean up using EPA Grant such as O’Donnell field remediation
  • Prioritize environmentally sustainable policies and practices. Support policies and programs to reduce solid waste, increasing recycling citywide and to reduce the disposal of organic wastes into the waste stream
  • Improve water quality- keep the canals clean, support facility improvements at the Water and Waste Water Department
  • Reduce Carbon emissions- Incorporate the purchase of more electric vehicles in the City vehicle purchasing policy and plan for the placement of charging facilities to support an electric vehicle fleet; Install publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in places such as public parking garages and public parks, and implement parking incentives for electric vehicles in municipal garages; Require licensed taxi companies and operators in Lowell to convert their fleets to fuel efficient or hybrid vehicles

Public Safety

  • Maintain funding for required personnel of Lowell Police Department. Fund critical emergency systems such as the 911 center and upgrades to the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. Boost Community Policing efforts and collaborate with community organizing groups
  • Maintain funding for all uniformed personnel at Lowell Fire Department. Fund repairs needed at various fire houses throughout the city such as Civic Center, High, West Sixth, Lawrence and Branch Street Stations. Upgrade Fire Department radio communication infrastructure
  • Fully fund and support Fire Department’s initiatives to combat Opioid Epidemic
  • Installation of public safety camera network at key locations throughout the City

Arts & Culture

  • Enhance Lowell’s reputation as the arts and cultural hub of the Merrimack Valley through Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (CASE) in partnership with the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL)
  • Continue funding & support for “Like Lowell” marketing initiative
  • Support Lowell-based arts, cultural, and humanities projects through additional funding through Lowell Cultural Council
  • Expansion of Lowell’s Canalway Cultural District (CCD) designation from the Mass Cultural Council
  • Create affordable live/work spaces for Lowell Artists

Labor

  • Support collective bargaining rights for city’s public works department, workforce training programs on renewable energy projects and line-of-duty death benefits for public service workers