Ed: Please note this post has been revised to reflect May 1, 2017 as the correct deadline to submit nomination papers. The post previously indicated May 8th which is the candidates night meeting. Papers are now available at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street and are due back with 40 valid resident signatures by May 1st.
The annual election for North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) is coming up on May 20, 2017 where six of the twelve seats will be decided.
May 1st is the deadline to submit your papers which are available at the Nazzaro Center (30 N. Bennet St.) front desk. This post has all the information you need to get involved!
Are you a resident of the North End who wants to serve on the Council?
Interested candidates need to be at least 18 years old and a resident of the North End (Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Ward 3). To become an eligible candidate, you must pick up a nomination form from the Nazzaro Center (located at 30 North Bennet Street) and obtain 40 valid signatures of North End residents. The forms will be available on April 10 and must be returned to the Nazzaro Center by 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1. Candidates Night will be May 8 at the regularly scheduled NEWNC meeting.
The NEWNC election will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St. in Boston’s North End. The ballots will be counted immediately following the close of the voting and is open to the general public.
Who can vote?
Any resident of the North End/Waterfront community at least 18 years old can vote—you do NOT need to be a registered voter in Massachusetts in order to vote. A North End resident (Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Ward 3) 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.
You may vote for up to six candidates. The six candidates with the most votes will be elected for a two-year term and join the other current six members that have one year left remaining in their term. Current NEWNC members with one year remaining on their term are as follows: Michael Bonetti, Danielle D’Ambrosio, John Pregmon, Gennaro Riccio, Brett Roman, and Marie Simboli. (They also serve as members of the Election Committee.)
What is NEWNC?
The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) was created in 1984 by the City of Boston Mayor’s Office in an effort to increase communication between the neighborhoods and City departments and agencies. The NEWNC is comprised of twelve elected North End/Waterfront residents who serve as an advisory board to the City of Boston in municipal affairs. The NEWNC advises the City on issues affecting the quality of life in the North End/Waterfront area including, but not limited to, land use, development, clean streets, resident parking, public safety, residential and commercial expansion, and food and beverage licensing.
The NEWNC meets on the 2nd Monday of each month (excluding August) at 7:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center. All meetings are open to the general public. Please check out NEWNC’s website at http://newncboston.org and join us at our April 10 meeting for additional election details.