Council Declares Sean Hennessey Winner Over Luigi Natale for Final Seat

NEWNC candidates gathered on the day of the election in front of 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 an executive session of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on Tuesday night, Sean Hennessey was awarded the sixth and final open seat on the 2015 council, resolving a near tie with write-in candidate Luigi Natale. The NEWNC election was held on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

After reviewing several write-in ballots initially declared for Luigi Natale, NEWNC voted 9-1 that some of those ballots are invalid. The council’s election committee announced a revised final tally of 136-132 in favor of candidate Sean Hennessey. Council members said after the session that misspellings were included from Mr. Natale’s write-in campaign, but ballots with a different or missing first or last name were not counted.

Updated 2015 NEWNC Election Results – 376 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 
– Sean Hennessey
7. 132 Votes  Luigi Natale
8. 123 Votes – David Marx
9. 110 Votes – Alessandra 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. 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 the 12-person NEWNC are Jessica Dello Russo, Ryan Kenny, John Pregmon, Gennaro Riccio, Marie Simboli and Anne Devlin Tagliaferro.

The next public 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:

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