Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Christenson told reporters that Kinnon should've recused himself from a Tuesday night vote involving property that abuts the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. Kinnon denies any impropriety.
Mayor Gary Christenson told reporters he plans to file a formal ethics complaint against Councillor Neil Kinnon, accusing him of violating state law by misusing his position on the council to further the financial interests of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. Kinnon suggested in an email to Malden Patch that the charges were politically motivated for his criticism of the mayor's plans to move city hall. The allegation The charge surround a proposal to relocate the city's DPW yard and some other city services to the 2-acre Boston Steel site on Eastern Ave., which abuts the charter school. Kinnon is the chairman of the school's board of trustees, and was one of three councilors to vote against the proposal during a public …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Conservative councilors raised concerns about the city's long-term cash reserves and the growth of government, but the Mayor said the plan is viable and part of a long-term strategy of "pushing Malden forward."
Correction: Councilor Kinnon said the school budget, not the total city budget, increased by 11%. We regret the error. The city council adopted Mayor Gary Christenson's proposed $152,805,300 budget in a 8-3 vote Tuesday night, though a vocal minority on the council raised questions about the city's long-term financial standing. The two-hour long budget discussion was driven by conservative councilors Neil Kinnon and David D'Arcangelo, who proposed a total of ten amendments to the budget, including a reduction of the proposed recreation director's salary, teen center budget, the mayor's office and to cut 5% of all new spending out of the budget. Both expressed concern that city government had historically grown year after year, a trend they…
Monday, January 30, 2012
Readers asked the new mayor questions on a range of topics, from crime to development to public services.
For a full transcript of the chat, check out our replay page. Our next reader Q&A with Mayor Christenson will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 24. If there's someone in town you'd like to see as the focus of a Malden Patch live chat, email your idea to editor Chris Caesar at Chris.Caesar@patch.com On crime: “Edward”: Since December 26th, I have read about and heard on the scanner nearly one dozen armed robberies, mostly on innocent people on the street. What are your plans for adding more police to the street and was would be an approximate timetable for doing so? Mayor Gary Christenson: The plan for adding more police will be in the upcoming budget process. In the meantime, I have been meeting with the police chief to be updated on …
Friday, January 27, 2012
This week, the Mayor's transition team laid out a timeline for a number of changes to city hall.
Mayor Gary Christenson was presented with a 100-page audit of city hall and its resident services during his first mayoral press conference earlier this week, in which a timeline was established for a number of his administration's goals. Don't have time to read the report? No big – assuming everything goes according to plan, here's the seven things you need to know about Christenson's plans for his first 180 days in office: 1. You'll be seeing a lot more of the Mayor: Christenson has expressed his desire to leave the confines of his office and work remotely throughout the community, host regularly scheduled press conferences broadcast on MATV.org and engage in a monthly live chat with Malden Patch readers. Beyond Christenson himself, …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
New mayor says the team will emphasize resident services, streamlining work and improving communications.
Malden's newly inaugurated mayor invited local press for a “meet-and-greet” session with his executive team Thursday morning, saying he “couldn't be happier with the team established here.” New roles in the mayor's office include former school committee member and now strategy and business development officer Kevin Duffy, director of online services and communication technology Ron Cochran and two constituent services clerks who Christenson said would be the face of his office: part-time clerk Yan Yu and Ted Louis-Jacques. Carol Ann Desierio will act as Christenson's executive assistant, Karen Hayes as his community outreach manager and Kathleen Manning Hall – his former campaign manager – will serve as his chief administrative officer. …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Power changes hands to Mayor Gary Christenson, following 16 years in office by predecessor Richard C. Howard.
Malden Mayor Gary Christenson was sworn into office during the city's 130th mayoral inaugural ceremony Monday night, in which the new mayor pledged to bring more transparency and economic stimulus to the city. The event brought out a who's-who of Malden political, educational and religious leaders, including Congressman Ed Markey, for whom Christenson worked as a young intern over 25 years ago. Markey also praised outgoing Mayor Richard C. Howard as “just about as great a mayor as you could ever hope for.” “I've known (Christenson) since he was a boy,” Markey said. “...He has spent his entire life getting ready to be the next great mayor of the city of Malden.” Christenson was sworn into office by his father, Jeff Christenson. After …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Christenson seeks citizen input for his new administration.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The following was submitted by Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson. Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson announced the members of the eleven-member Transition Team that will assess four aspects of the city before he takes office on January 2nd. Greg Lucey, previously announced as the Transition Chair, will head up a team composed of Liz Hart, Patrick Hayes, Mai Du, Craig Spadafora, Maria Luise, Mostafa Elbadaoui, Judi Bucci, Stephen Winslow, Teddy Louis-Jacques, Kathleen Manning Hall, and Kevin Duffy. “I am very happy with the caliber of the team as we have drawn professionals from the ranks of the residents, the business community, and elected officials and I know that they are up to the task that I have charged them with,” said Mayor-Elect Christenson…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Mayor-elect says his role as council president will be an asset to his organization.
Newly re-elected Councilor-at-Large Greg Lucey has been tapped by Mayor-elect Gary Christenson to head his campaign's transition team to the corner office. Lucey's role was announced at the end of a Patch reader chat with Christenson Tuesday. “Lucey, an independent business owner in Malden, will head up an eleven person team composed of residents, business owners, and elected officials representing the diversity of Malden,” Christenson told the audience. More team members will be announced in the coming days, he said. Asked if the role would affect Lucey's presidency on the council, Christenson added that Lucey , felt his “council presidency position will be a benefit to the transition team.” “Greg is a great choice,” he concluded …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
If you missed our live chat, you can read some of the best reader questions here.
Readers held a chat Q&A with Malden's new mayor-elect Tuesday. You can read the transcript of their discussion, or read some of the highlights below. Note some questions and answers were edited for typos: Paula: What are your top priorities for your first 90 days in office? What are your longer-range goals? Gary Christenson: Right out of the gate, I would like to do a transition audit to determine if the functionality of city hall is optimal. Other things I would strive to do is focus on increasing communication and business development as well as increasing public safety for the city. Bill T: What is your opinion on elected officials and former elected officials taking city jobs with high salaries? It happened a lot under the last …
Readers asked a variety of questions, ranging from trash pick-up to Malden schools.