Neighborhood Council Candidates’ Night Speeches for May 14, 2011 NEWNC Election

Click on the video to view the NEWNC candidates speeches from Candidates’ Night.

In advance of this Saturday’s May 14th election for six seats on the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC), nine candidates were given the opportunity to speak at the NEWNC Candidates’ Night held as part of the May 9th NEWNC meeting.

The NEWNC election poll will be open for voting on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St.

Candidates in the video spoke in the order of the election ballot shown below, except Stephen Passacantilli who is at the end. Karen Ventola D’Amico was unable to attend and her comments were read by Stephen Passacantilli in the video. Incumbent candidate David Marx was also unable to attend and submitted a written speech that appears below.

Jeremy C. Fox, Town Correspondent for, also reported on the candidate statements made at the meeting. View his article on

2011 NEWNC Election Ballot

1. Bill Lane, 10 Thacher St.
2. Jonathan Sproul, 99A Prince St.*
3. Jorge Mendoza, 4 Stillman Pl.*
4. Stephen Passacantilli, 406 Hanover St.*
5. David Marx, 2 Thacher St.*
6. Karen Ventola D’Amico, 274 North St.
7. Philip Frattaroli, 8 Harris St.
8. Jennifer Lyons, 440 Hanover St.
9. Mansfield Joseph Holmes, 3 Thacher Ct.

Written speeches (not in video above):

My name is David Marx and I am running for re-election to the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council.  I apologize for not being here to speak to you in-person, as I am in Washington D.C. assisting in the litigation of a case currently being tried in the United States Tax Court and will not be returning to Boston until the day before the election.

I have been living in the North End since I moved to Boston almost 14 years ago to attend law school at New England Law.  I have no desire to live anywhere else in the area, as this neighborhood means
everything to me.  I love the fact that we live in a true neighborhood, one that features a unique residential and commercial blend and one in which you can actually get to know your neighbors,
merchants and so forth.  Those were the “selling points” that drew me to our great neighborhood.

I first ran for a Council seat about ~ 7 years ago and was unsuccessful on more than one occasion, but vowed to not give up and thus continued to give it another shot.  Being an elected member of
this Council is my way of giving back to a neighborhood that has given me so much.  I believe in (amongst other things) unity, maintaining an open-minded view with respect to the issues that come before our Council, priority to be given to our neighborhood children to the Eliot School, fighting to keep our streets clean and to keep our residents safe.

When the Ben Affleck film “The Town” was filming in the North End, I worked as a 2nd Unit Locations Assistant.  As such, I helped to coordinate logistics affecting the partial closure of our streets;
provided free parking vouchers to residents that needed them; and was attentive to resident concerns and questions regarding the filming schedule.  I was always available via cell phone and was more than
happy to meet with residents well into the evening in order to respond to their needs.  Dino DiFronzo was great to work with during the film. While we certainly were confronted with many challenges during neighborhood filming, in the end, everyone pulled it together and things worked out well.

Being on The Council is not always easy.  We are consistently confronted with tough issues that require tough votes.  I have tried to keep an open mind on all such issues that have come before The
Council and have also tried to vote based on the facts, rather than on emotion.  It would be an honor and a privilege to continue to serve you for the next 2 years, and beyond.

I humbly request your vote for re-election to the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council. Thanks for your time, and I look forward to seeing you at the Nazzaro Center on Saturday morning.

-David Marx-

2011 NEWNC Election Information

The NEWNC election poll will be open for voting on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St. There are nine candidates running for six open seats on NEWNC, each with a 2-year term. All North End / Waterfront residents may vote for up to six candidates.

The 2011-2012 NEWNC will have up to 12 members including the 6 candidates above that receive the most votes and those with one year remaining in their term (Donna Freni, Ryan Kenny, Marie Simboli, Anne Devlin Tagliaferro and Giancarlo Tiberi). After the election, the council will determine whether to fill the vacant spot held by the late Mario Alfano or to leave it open until next year.

Who can vote?

Residents of the North End/Waterfront community who are 18 years or older as of the election. The area includes Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Ward 3 and the Waterfront Area’s Precinct 6 (Harbor Towers and Rowes Wharf). (View precinct map.)

A resident of North End/Waterfront community is  anyone who appears on the City of Boston’s most recent census list or anyone who does not appear on the most recent census list but can produce adequate proof of residency. At a minimum, individuals who do not appear on the most recent census must produce at least one form of identification with a photograph, address within the North End/Waterfront community, and date of birth (unless age is not a question).  Election officers at the polling location shall decide the sufficiency of the proof of residency.

More information on NEWNC can be found at their website,, or by emailing