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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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.

  WHAT DOES JULIE HALL STAND FOR?

      I have been trying to figure out what Julie Hall believes and stands for. Not an easy task.
1. JULIE REFUSED TO DEBATE JEFF BAILEY ON TV IN FEBRUARY. THE MODERATOR, MAYOR PAUL HEROUX, DOES NOT KNOW WHY SHE REFUSED.
2. AT A RECENT CITY COUNCIL MEETING, JULIE ABSTAINED FROM VOTING FOR AN APRIL 3rd SPECIAL ELECTION TO ELECT A NEW STATE REP.
3.  JULIE ALSO ABSTAINED FROM PLACING THE DEBT EXCLUSION ON THE APRIL 3rd BALLOT TO FUND A NEW HIGH SCHOOL.
4. JULIE CITED A CONFLICT OF INTEREST LED HER TO ABSTAIN FROM THE VOTES. THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED 8-0 FOR THE APRIL 3rd ELECTION. AND THE 2 1/2 PROPOSITION OVERRIDE. I DON’T SEE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
5. JULIE HAS DECIDED NOT TO LEAVE THE CITY COUNCIL IF SHE IS ELECTED AS STATE REPRESENTATIVE. SHE DOES NOT SEE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN WORKING FOR BOTH THE STATE AND THE CITY AT THE SAME TIME. I DO SEE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON THIS ISSUE.
6. JULIE VOTED TO GRANT A PERMIT TO A NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITY IN ATTLEBORO.
7. JULIE ACCEPTED A PAIR OF $1000 CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM AN EXECUTIVE OF THE SAME MARIJUANA COMPANY. SHE SEES NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN ACCEPTING THIS MONEY. I DO SEE A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
8. WHEN CRITICIZED BY STATE REP. CANDIDATE JIM HAWKINS FOR ACCEPTING THE PAIR OF $1,000 CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, JULIE SAID, “I DON’T THINK ANY OF MY SUPPORTERS DO IT TO REWARD ME. WHAT WOULD THEY BE REWARDING  FOR?”. (I can’t imagine why they might give her that money!)
9. JULIE DOES NOT BELIEVE PRIMARIES ARE NEEDED IN MASSACHUSETTS. SHE BELIEVES THERE SHOULD BE ONLY ONE VOTE AND THE HIGHEST VOTE-GETTER IS ELECTED. SHE STATED THIS MARCH 4th ON WARA RADIO. JULIE DOESN’T THINK MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE PRIMARIES.
10. JULIE STATED SHE WOULD NOT SUPPORT A MILLIONAIRE TAX IN MASSACHUSETTS. IF APPROVED ON A STATEWIDE BALLOT QUESTION, THE TAX WOULD SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS. JULIE SAID WE SHOULD FIND WASTE INSTEAD. (I support finding wasted money but still believe we need additional funding for schools).
MY CONCLUSION:
IN MY BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH JULIE HALL SHE SEEMS TO BE A NICE PERSON. SHE EVEN SUGGESTED TO ME RECENTLY THAT I OUGHT TO RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL.
BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE WOULD STAND FOR AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE SUPPORTS. 
-Ty

Appearance: Public Policy with Paul [VIDEO]

Please visit DoubleACS at http://aacs15.com/?q=node%2F9078 or watch the embedded file below to watch an episode of Public Policy with Paul (Mayor Paul Heroux) as he gives the public the opportunity to get to know the Democratic candidates for State Representative of Attleboro.

Thanks to Mayor Paul and DoubleACS for this program.

Don’t Forget! The primary is March 6th. We have made a Facebook event to help remind you: https://www.facebook.com/events/971351763041753/