Close Vote in Election for 2015 North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council

Update: Please see this updated post where the council declared Sean Hennessey winner for the sixth and final seat in this election.

NEWNC candidates on Election Day outside the Nazzaro Community Center. (L-R) Ralph Verrocchi, Carmine Guarino, Sean Hennessy, Maria Lanza, Jorge Mendoza, Philip Frattaroli, David Marx, Alessandra Susi (not pictured, write-in candidate Luigi Natale)

In a large turnout, 381 votes were cast in the 2015 election on Saturday, May 16th to fill six open seats on the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC).

2015 NEWNC Election Results – 381 Total Ballots
(Top 6 Are Elected to NEWNC)

1. 223 Votes – Maria Lanza
2. 159 Votes – Jorge Mendoza
3. 152 Votes – Philip Frattaroli
4. 149 Votes – Carmine Guarino
5. 144 Votes – Ralph Verrocchi
6. 136 Votes Tie between Sean Hennessey and Luigi Natale
8. 123 Votes – David Marx
9. 110 Votes – Alesandra Susi

The top five candidates were declared winners immediately after the election with Maria Lanza easily topping the ticket by a large margin. Within a 15 vote margin in 2nd to 5th place were Jorge Mendoza, Philip Frattaroli, Carmine Guarino and Ralph Verrocchi. All are incumbents other than Carmine Guarino.

For the sixth seat, first-time candidates Sean Hennessey and Luigi Natale (write-in) are tied in a race currently considered “too close to call.” After a recount on the day of the election, the NEWNC election committee adjourned and will meet with the rest of the council to make a determination.

Other candidates on the ballot, David Marx and Alessandra Susi, did not garner enough votes to be elected as part of this year’s council.

Councilors not up for election this year and starting their second term year on NEWNC are Jessica Dello Russo, Ryan Kenny, John Pregmon, Gennaro Riccio, Marie Simboli and Anne Devlin Tagliaferro.

The next NEWNC meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street, North End, Boston.

About the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC)
NEWNC was created in 1985 by the Mayor’s Office in an effort to increase communication between the neighborhoods and city agencies. NEWNC is comprised of twelve North End/Waterfront residents who serve as an advisory board to the City of Boston in municipal affairs.  Council members are elected to a two-year term and terms are staggered so that six seats are filled each year.  The Council meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information visit: