Policy Committees of the MMA

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The MMA organizes and staffs policy committees that review and develop positions on local government activities that are the subject of state and federal government interest. Policy committees present new or revised policies to MMA members for a vote at the MMA’s Annual Business Meeting, held each year in January. Committees also make recommendations to the MMA Board of Directors on specific legislative proposals.

The following are descriptions of the MMA’s current policy committees and a listing of the members who are serving during 2016:
 

Fiscal Policy Committee

This committee considers all municipal finance issues. Any initiative that deals solely with a financial issue is directed first to this committee. Legislation that has a fiscal impact is referred to this committee from other committees as well. This committee also develops a policy framework for local government financing in the future.

Mayors
Domenic Sarno, Springfield
Martin Walsh, Boston
Setti Warren, Newton, Chair

Selectmen
Charles Kennedy, Wrentham
Carmin Reiss, Concord
Antone Vieira, Westport

Councillors
James Kwiecinski, Easthampton
John Mullaney, Braintree

Managers
Adam Chapdelaine, Arlington
Richard LaFond, Abington
Charles Sumner, Brewster

Finance Committee
Jennifer Gonzalez, Holbrook
Allan Tosti, Arlington

Presidential
David Davison, Assistant Town Manager, Needham
Thomas Moses, Executive Assistant, Hudson
Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manager, Arlington
Ari Sky, Chief Financial Officer, New Bedford

Technical
Stephen Cirillo, Finance Director, Brookline
Adam Gaudette, Town Administrator, Spencer
Bernard Lynch, Lowell
Samuel Tyler, President, Boston Municipal Research Bureau

Policy Committee on Energy and the Environment

This committee formulates policy for the association in the following areas: water quality, water supply, air quality, solid waste, hazardous waste, wetlands, coastal areas, wastewater treatment, renewable energy and energy conservation.

Mayors
Kimberley Driscoll, Salem
Ken Gray, Amesbury
Mark Hawke, Gardner

Selectmen
Judith Carpenter, Brimfield
Nancy Goulart, Dighton
Kevin McCarthy, Cohasset

Councillors
Margaret Laforest, Quincy
Emily Norton, Newton

Managers
Charles Blanchard, Palmer
Robin Craver, Charlton, Chair

Finance Committee
Vacant

Presidential
Susan Bunnell, Selectman, Wilbraham
John Giorgio, attorney, KP Law
Daniel Smith, Selectman, Easton

Technical
Alan Cathcart, Water and Sewer Division Superintendent, Concord, and Massachusetts Water Works Association
John Drobinski, Partner, Environmental Resources Management
Robert Goober, Marketing Director, Weston & Sampson
Bradford Swing, Director of Energy Policy, Boston

Policy Committee on Municipal and Regional Administration

This committee considers those issues that relate to the organization, structure, efficiency, and productivity of local and regional government and the relationships between the two levels of goverment. Among the issues addressed by this committee are the processes and structures at the local and regional levels for the procurement and provision of human services, safety and health inspections, and technical assistance.

Mayors
Robert Dolan, Melrose, Chair
Donna Holaday, Newburyport
William Martin, Greenfield

Selectmen
Tristan Israel, Tisbury
Diane Kennedy, Cohasset
Gardner Trask, Danvers

Councillors
Lisle Baker, Newton    
Lisa Blackmer, North Adams

Managers
Andrew Flanagan, Andover
Julie Jacobson, Auburn
Stephen Maio, Wakefield

Finance Committee
Linell Grundman, Sandwich
Skip Patterson, Harwich

Presidential
Thatcher Kezer, Senior Vice President, Devens
Edward McManus, Selectman, Harwich
Daniel Rivera, Mayor, Lawrence
Alex Vispoli, Selectman, Andover

Technical
Robert Dean, Regional Services Director, Franklin Regional Council of Governments
Dennis DiZoglio, Executive Director, Merrimac Valley Planning Commission
Matthew G. Feher, Attorney, Burns & Levinson
Jennifer Raitt, Planning and Community Development Director, Arlington

Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor Relations

This committee has responsibility for formulating policy for the association in the following areas: collective bargaining, civil service, employee benefits, police and fire collective bargaining, and pension reform.

Mayors
James Fiorentini, Haverhill
Thomas Hoye, Taunton
Arthur Vigeant, Marlborough, Chair

Selectmen
Jess Aptowitz, Mansfield
Michael Butler, Dedham
Angela Thorpe, East Longmeadow

Councillors
Monica Medeiros, Melrose
Michael Owens, Braintree

Managers
James Boudreau, Lynnfield
David Colton, Easton
David Cressman, Dartmouth

Finance Committee
Eric Beckerman, Avon

Presidential
Mary Beth Bernard, Assistant Town Manager, Foxborough
Paul Cohen, Town Manager, Chelmsford
Marc Waldman, Treasurer and Collector, Wellesley
Kristi Williams, Assistant Town Manager, Westborough

Technical
Victor Garofalo, Finance Director, Bedford
Sheila Keady-Rawson, Personnel Director, Cambridge
Stephanie Lutz, Human Resources Director, Franklin
Ron San Angelo, Town Manager, Southbridge

Policy Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Public Utilities

This committee considers issues that relate to regional and metropolitan transportation, transportation planning, the relationship between local governments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the question of levels of local control in joint state-local public works programs.

Mayors
Carlo DeMaria, Everett
Scott Galvin, Woburn
Joseph Sullivan, Braintree

Selectmen
Michelle Ciccolo, Lexington
James Lovejoy, Mount Washington, Chair
Jennifer Modica, Uxbridge

Councillors
Donald Blais, Palmer
Justin Hurst, Springfield
Charles Ryan, Braintree

Managers
Diane Norris, Danvers
John Petrin, Burlington
Richard Reed, Bedford

Presidential
Patrick Ellis, Selectman, Sandwich
John McVeigh, Selectman, Huntington
Thomas Reynolds, Public Works Superintendent, Marshfield
William Ross, Town Manager, Mansfield

Technical
Richard Benevento, Parking and Traffic Commission, Beverly
David Knowlton, City Engineer, Salem
Christopher Petrini, Town Counsel, Framingham
Bruce Thibodeau, Public Works Director, North Andover