Council Connection: 11/16/18

Today I stepped through the magic circle and officially pledged to serve Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the United States of America. I am no longer a candidate and am now Councilor Waterman.

My campaign friends, my recent opponent John Davis, The Sun Chronicle, fellow councilors, a fireman, and several other well-wishers came while Mayor Paul Heroux recited the oath to me in front of DoubleACS. Best of all, my lovely wife, Jan, was on the scene.

Jim Hand, the Sun Chronicle reporter, asked me why I ran for the city council. I told him, “Because I love Attleboro and the special people here. I want to help the seniors, our children, teachers, and do my part to leave the city better than when I arrived in 2002.”

It was a delightful experience and now I am ready to serve you. I have lots to learn about the rules and mores of the council. I am joining a band of 11 to help steer the good ship Attleboro through the next year.

Wow!

After the ceremony, we went out to Morin’s Restaurant to relax and enjoy each others company. I found myself smiling and laughing. My campaign manager and friend, Jax, reminded me that now I am both a social worker and councilor It is more important than ever to listen to each and every one of you. I agree.

Tomorrow morning I head off to city hall to meet with my newfound fellow councilors and plan the next steps in our journey together.

I know that sounds simplistic and corny. But that’s how I feel. I’m ready for my next step. The real work begins.

Thanks for following my journey. It is also your journey.
-Ty Waterman, City Councilor At-Large (A Public Servant)

 

PS: We live streamed the swearing-in on Ty’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TyAttleboroTogether

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Council Connection: 11/14/18

Last night I heard seniors tell the city council how much they wanted to keep their homes. It wasn’t easy to pay their bills but it meant so much for them to continue living at home, despite fixed incomes and their physical aging. The council never asked a question and everyone appeared to be intently listening to the residents who spoke. I was proud of each speaker, pouring out their hearts to give a small break in their neighbor’s property taxes. They didn’t want anyone to lose their homes.
I waited almost an hour before speaking.  So I listened while I waited for my turn. The love for their homes, families, and for Attleboro was amazing to witness.
Finally I spoke. I told the city council that a lot of people are scared. I asked the council to lower our property taxes a bit. We all need some help while we begin paying for the new high school.
I was very proud of our city last night. Everyone in the council chambers shared their love for Attleboro. No one disagreed. It was a powerful night.
I believe the city council heard every word. I believe the council will reach out a helping hand to those in need.
Regards,
ty
FULL CITY COUNCIL 11/13/18 – https://youtu.be/8SwuRrM5l3U (Courtesy of DoubleACS)

WE DID IT!

Friends:

The last two days have been a blur. I owe so much to so many residents of our wonderful city. As I go around the city today and tomorrow, speaking to the folks who let me put up a sign, I also want to thank each and every one of you.

This is not simply an election win for myself. YOU are responsible for this victory. You decided it was OK to take a chance on a social worker, on a newcomer to the city council, on a non-politician. You decided that civility is crucial in government, you decided it is important to listen to people, you decided that helping seniors with property taxes, focusing on decreasing class sizes in our schools, on restoring foreign languages and building up our guidance counselor staff, is essential.
You decided we need an economic development director and to focus on rebuilding the center of our wonderful city. You decided on the importance of beautiful open spaces so all of our citizens can enjoy the natural beauty of mother nature. You decided to become a friend of the Attleboro library and to value the hard work and dedication of our firefighters, police, our public works dept., public housing staff and the rest of Attleboro’s public employees.
Why do I love Attleboro? Because the spirit of our city is alive. We are not perfect and we do have citizens who are clearly struggling to make ends meet. But we also strive to make certain that every citizen has a good meal at least once a day, we give away food to seniors, working adults, families and children. And I believe we will do even more in the future to help our homeless population and those stricken by substance abuse. We are fortunate to have Sturdy Hospital in our own backyard, buttressed by an extensive health network at our disposal. And we all were just reminded to thank the nurses in our city and state for the care they offer us each and every day.
I could go on an on about the value of living in Attleboro. The truth is, my election is just one small reflection of the concern each of you have for the welfare of our city.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to help in our city government. And remember that our other 10 councilors are doing their utmost to serve you and deserve applause for their efforts. I am fortunate to be part of the 11 member council that will listen to you and respond.
Consider attending the city councils public hearings and share your thoughts and concerns with us. We need to hear from you. Next public hearing is Tuesday evening, November 13th in City Hall. I hope to see many of you there next Tuesday.
Ty Waterman, At-Large City Councilor elect.

On the Trail with Ty: 10/31/18 Halloween

Halloween reminds us that fun and laughter is essential. I dressed up as Manny Ramirez at a Halloween Party for children at the Willett School on Sunday. I wore a Manny Ramirez wig, my baseball cap and a genuine Red Sox Manny uniform. It was a blast!
The race for city councilor feels extremely close. This is due to a close race in signs, my perception that many people like my message for children, excellent education and caring about seniors. A number of people are delighted I’m appearing at their door. My name recognition is fairly good. We are in for a tight race.
I don’t know who is reading this but I am making a plea to anyone who wants me in office.
Please reach out to TWO PEOPLE that haven’t yet made up their mind, urging them to vote for me. You may think this is unnecessary, to the contrary, it is critically important.
When I was in my mid-20’s I voted for a U.S. Senator candidate in New Hampshire. The vote turned out to be a dead tie. NH could not determine the winner in an age of paper ballots. The ballots finally were sent to the US Supreme Court for a final result. The Supreme Court could not make a decision and called the vote a tie.
One year after the original vote in 1974 another election was held in October, 1975 to determine the final victor. This time, John Durkin was elected to the United States Senate.
So let’s imagine the Attleboro vote for city council is a dead tie. If you speak to two people over the weekend and ask them to vote for me that could be crucial. If 20 people are reading this message that could produce 40 additional votes.
Perhaps I appear greedy and too competitive. I’ve given my life to this campaign since mid-June. I believe I can be helpful for children and seniors if I am elected to the Council. The two votes you can potentially send my way could make all the difference.
Meanwhile, I will knock on doors at least five hours a day through Monday. But I need your help.
THANK YOU!!!
Your candidate,
Ty Waterman

On the Trail with Ty: 10/27/18

1. This was a whirlwind of a week!  I was invited to a Halloween party for children, sponsored by Attleboro’s Youth Commission. It was fun watching small children playing games, politely lining up to receive candy from the city councilors, and having a good old fashioned Halloween. Kudos to our Youth Commission!
2. The highlight of my week was the City Council/State Representative debate at city hall. Once more, I was proud to live in Attleboro as we discussed local issues. The most important question concerned respect for our mayor, our city councilors, and one another. I absolutely respect the efforts of Mayor Heroux and each of our councilors. We don’t have to agree when debating issues but we darn well need to be courteous and polite. I applaud anyone who tries to create a better world, a better Attleboro. Civility is essential in our society.
3. As your city councilor I pledge to listen to your concerns, questions, and views. I will try to help seniors with their property taxes, children with their schooling, and constituents who contact me with their personal concerns. i will listen to you.
4. I spent several hours last week at gatherings with John Davis and Nick Lavoie, who are running for City Council. John and Nick are fine gentlemen. They truly care about Attleboro and both of them would be excellent city councilors. Attleboro will be well served if you vote for either of these men.
5. Today I dressed up in a wig with a Manny Ramirez Red Sox’ uniform. We held signs and waved at cars passing through County Square for a couple of hours. Cars were honking and people were smiling and laughing as they passed us. A good time for everyone.
6. During this final week of the campaign I will be knocking at doors until sunset on Monday, November 5th. I will also be speaking this Tuesday at 11 am on the Paul Healy show on WARA. Please call the radio station if you have any questions or want to share your thoughts.
7. If you decide to vote for me, I will give you my best effort. I look forward to being your public servant.

MEET THE CANDIDATE – TY WATERMAN IS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL, AT-LARGE

     I am a licensed social worker and I’m running for the city council, as an At-Large candidate. I am not a career politician, but I want to serve you, the residents of Attleboro. I believe the Number One goal of an elected official is Constituent Service. If you have a concern or a question, please contact me at 508-577-1412 or TyAttleboro@gmail.com. I will respond promptly.
      I’ve been a resident of Attleboro since 2002 and live at 33 Dorchester Ave. in Ward 4A. I’m married to Jan, a wonderful musician and a very kind lady. My two adult daughters, Arryn and Kate, live in the west.
      My education includes a BA in Physical Education and U. S. History from the University of Maine (Orono), and a Master’s degree from Boston University. In 1999 I co-wrote “The Year the Red Sox won the Series,” about the 1918 world champion Boston Red Sox, which became an award winning book. I’ve served on the board of directors for Norton Singers and the Society for American Baseball Research. Currently I am on the board of Attleboro Enterprises, Inc. and the Attleboro Council for Human Rights. I’ve performed in community musical theater for over 25 years and love to sing and act.
      For the past four years I’ve been the Social Worker for the Attleboro YMCA, assisting the 14 residents with counseling, medical needs, etc. Prior to that, I supervised foster care for 19 years, serving DDS intellectually disabled adults and DCF children and teens. I trained foster parents, wrote therapeutic assessments, and handled state audits. My social work career began at Wrentham State School where I worked with medical and behavioral clients.
      These are my current priorities as an At-Large City Councilor.
A: SENIORS:
      There are approximately 8,000 seniors living in Attleboro. I want to ensure that the Larson Senior Center has the fiscal resources to continue their excellent, professional services. If anyone wants to visit the Senior Center please feel free to contact me. I’d love to host you at a senior luncheon and introduce you to fellow seniors and the wonderful staff.
      During my campaign I’ve met many seniors who are worried that they can’t afford their homes in the midst of rising property taxes. Currently, there are a couple of bills progressing through the state legislature designed to help struggling seniors with their property taxes. Our seniors have paid for city services all their lives and I will vote to help support them.
B: CHILDREN:
      There are approximately 6,000 students in our public schools. They deserve the best possible education. During my visits with thousands of residents this summer and fall I heard lots of parents and children tell me their classes were increasingly crowded and it was harder for some students to learn. I am pledging to support every effort to lower class room sizes, thus improving the quality of our educational system. I believe Attleboro can be one of the best city school systems in Massachusetts. I am pro-education, the key to a successful life.
C. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
      The biggest concern that Attleboro residents had during my campaign is the economic vitality of Attleboro and the appearance of our center. I constantly heard comparisons with surrounding towns that had more appealing business districts. My response was that Attleboro will soon have an Economic Development Director, a position that has been vacant for several years. I will support our city’s administration and vote for a new Director of Economic Development. I will also work with the local Chamber of Commerce to support both new and existing businesses in Attleboro. I hope we’ll create more jobs in the center of our city, more parking, and attract more people to our downtown.
D: CONSTITUENT SERVICES:
       I want to provide first-rate constituent services and listen to your concerns,
I WILL SERVE YOU AND ATTLEBORO WITH ALL MY HEART. I humbly ask for your vote on Nov 6th.
–  Ty Waterman, candidate for At-Large City Council.