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Councilor, District 1

The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
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    Joseph C. Norton • MDM Realty, Inc., Framingham, MA - Real Estate Agent 

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    Charlie Sisitsky Retired Director of Public Works Town of Natick

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Biographical Information

What is your vision for Framingham?

What are the top two issues facing Framingham now and how would you address them if elected?

How will you ensure that your constituents are able to contact you with their concerns?

What else would you like Framingham voters to know about you? Note: You can answer this question with a YouTube link.

Campaign Phone (508) 269-6622
Relevant Experience ZBA, P2 TM member, (Town-wide, Walsh, & Hem) PTO Boards, various private sector executive positions
As a resident, my goal is to create vibrant and thriving retail centers in the villages of Nobscot and Saxonville while protecting our farmlands and the neighborhoods.

As a taxpayer, I believe we need to stop runaway tax increases while providing our current level of municipal services by eliminating waste.

As a parent, I want to improve our schools while addressing the challenges of rising costs and the needs for replacement of our aging school infrastructure.
The top issues facing our district are:

LIVABILITY OF THE COMMUNITY – As Councilor I would encourage development of the blighted, vacant retail centers resulting in neighborhood improvements and an increased commercial tax base. Ensure housing developments to be be appropriate for the community in scale and impact. Address City wide traffic and parking issues. Improve the livability of the district by protecting the rapidly disappearing open space and farms, completing the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, and resolving the Hop Brook flooding issues.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY – As Councilor I would stop runaway tax increases by finding departmental efficiencies and making smart choices for Framingham, provide an environment that helps local small businesses thrive so they can continue to create jobs and provide services to our community, and Improve our schools while addressing the challenges of rising costs and the needs for replacement of our aging school infrastructure.
As the District 1 City Councilor, I will remain accessible and expect to be held accountable. I will continue to reach out and listen to the voters while advocating for you and our district. I have walked much of our district going door-to-door and have provided my phone number and email contact information to everyone that I have met. I encourage people to contact me - My phone number is 508-269-6622 and my email is nortonjoseph@hotmail.com.
I am running for the District 1 City Council Seat (Precincts 1&2) to lead Framingham through our important transition from town to city. I have the Passion, Experience and Commitment needed to get the job done. I am a fresh face in Framingham Politics but I am not new to Framingham. I’ve lived in Framingham my entire life and I know first-hand that it is a great place to live, work, play, and most importantly raise a family. I am a single father living with my two children in my home on Water Street where my family has lived since 1952. Here’s what I hope to accomplish for our District: 1. Bring the parties to the table to craft a solution which encourages “smart” development of the blighted, vacant retail centers resulting in neighborhood improvements and an increased commercial tax base without crippling us with traffic and urbanization of our. 2. Protect the rapidly disappearing open space with the expanded use of Transfer Development Rights (TDR) and other measures. 3. Provide an environment that helps local small businesses thrive so they can continue to create jobs and provide services to our community 4. Rein in runaway tax increases while maintaining the excellent municipal services we now experience by finding departmental efficiencies and making smart choices 5. Improve our schools while addressing the challenges of rising costs and the needs for replacement of our aging school infrastructure. 6. Ensure a smooth transition from town to city. I support the “smart” growth of Framingham, a commitment to quality education, and a strong belief in maintaining our neighborhood identities. I understand the needs of the businesses, our schools, and the taxpayers. I will remain accessible, listen to your comments and concerns, and I will work diligently to represent and advocate for our district. Please visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nortonforcitycouncil to engage in conversation about the District and to provide your input.
Campaign Phone (508) 328-2473
Relevant Experience Board of Selectmen since 1998, Chair Fuller School Building, TMM, Fincom, 40 years municipal work.
With my forty-year career as a professional municipal executive and nearly twenty years as a Selectman, I will work collaboratively on behalf of our vibrant and diverse community. I will advance our neighborhoods' priorities in a financially responsible way, to ensure that future development/redevelopment is balanced and appropriately located. I will remain supportive of protecting open space and will ensure that our school system has adequate resources for growth and sustainability.
The two key issues facing District One are ensuring that underdeveloped sites are appropriately developed with balanced uses to serve the surrounding neighborhoods, and protection of large tracts of open space. The City leadership must undertake serious outreach to the owners of these parcels and work along with the neighborhoods to reach a consensus on future use and determine what zoning adjustments and infrastructure improvements need to be made to facilitate new development.

With open space, the City must take advantage of land-use tools such as Transferable Development Rights to steer development to more appropriate areas of the city that have the capacity to accommodate new development. New projects in and adjacent to the district must receive strict review from appropriate Boards and departments to minimize neighborhood impacts and costs to the City. The City should also look for opportunities to purchase open space with the use of grants and participation of other agencies.
As a Selectman for nearly 20 years, my constituents know that I have always been open, available and responsive to any of their concerns and issues. I see a job from start to finish and provide quick and detailed information. I am accessible through email, Facebook messages, and my phone numbers have always been and will continue to be readily available. Additionally, I plan on instituting District meetings and where appropriate will invite other members of the City government.
I am guided by my forty years of experience as a professional municipal executive, with degrees in community development and civil engineering, and a passion for civic engagement focused on making our community the best that it can be. As a selectman since 1998, I’ve worked to build bridges – literally and figuratively - in our town, to ensure that our many vibrant and diverse neighborhoods all benefit from attentive, thoughtful and responsive government. Whether preserving open space for future generations, or helping streamline the permitting process for a burgeoning locally owned business, or making sure our schools have the resources they need to succeed. I have always maintained the capacity to engage in a collaborative and collegial manner with my colleagues on the Board of Selectmen along with all departments within Framingham. My knowledge and history of the intricacies that Framingham has, combined with my ability to problem solve will be invaluable as we transition to a City. As we embrace the future and the many opportunities before us, our schools, our seniors, our children, and the many businesses that call our community home are counting on us to make good decisions, based on genuine experience, and thoughtful input from our friends and neighbors. I will advance our priorities in a financially responsible way, to ensure that future development is balanced and appropriately located. I ask for your support and your vote for City Council so that we may continue this important work together.

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