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Gary Rosen makes the grade

Gary Rosen makes the grade By Michael Gaffney This Week in Worcester is doing a candidate response to the question of why Worcester residents should vote for him and Gary Rosen was Gary Rosen: He leads off with what he thinks is his strong suit, constituent services: “I’ll continue to provide attentive and responsive service [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Gary Rosen makes the grade

Grading Councilor George Russell

  By Michael Gaffney This Week in Worcester is doing a candidate response to the question of why Worcester residents should vote for you. George Russell’s responses were as hilarious as dishonest. He leads off by claiming he supported public safety: “I pushed for foot patrols in areas that needed attention. My interaction with Neighborhood [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Grading Councilor George Russell

Joe Petty and the Ruling Class

Joe Petty and the Ruling Class By Michael Gaffney   The above photo was sent to me by a very angry constituent. It is a photo of Joe Petty’s street being completely repaved. There are several hundred miles of city streets and sidewalks that need repair and replacement, but unfortunately for the residents on said [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Joe Petty and the Ruling Class

Press release: The Gaffney’s have left the building

PRESS RELEASE: This morning, we received very good news concerning an opportunity that we intend to pursue. It has been years in the making and we are so happy at our good fortune, but our celebration is dampened as we will no longer have the time needed to devote to city council. Our new endeavors [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Press release: The Gaffney’s have left the building

Dianne Williamson does it again! By Michael Gaffney   You may remember an article titled “TIFs and Political Corruption” wherein Councilor Sarai Rivera’s lack of ability to manage her own finances somehow landed her on the Economic Development Committee by Mayor Joe Petty. But what was worse, was her relationship with Alan Fletcher, the person [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on

Hispanic Heritage Month

If you haven't read Vocero Hispano this week, http://www.vocerohispano.com/ you missed a write up on Hispanic Heritage Month: Here is the article, in English: Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate our friends and neighbors with Hispanic heritage as well as the Hispanic arts and culture. This year it is also a time to [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Hispanic Heritage Month

Smears, lies, and childishness: The local media

Smears, lies, and childishness: The local media By Michael Gaffney   It is no secret that I have decided in this election cycle to refuse any statements, candidate profiles or interviews with the local media. This decision was well-thought out and made after over two and a half years of the media continuing to misrepresent [...]

By | October 8th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Smears, lies, and childishness: The local media

Tifs and Political Corruption

By Michael Gaffney Pictured above is Alan Fetcher, a trust fund millionaire with Councilor Saria Rivera hanging out together at a concert in the park. It is a picture of everything that is wrong with Worcester. Worcester has been taxing small commercial businesses out of the City. Want to go shopping? You will need to [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Tifs and Political Corruption

Mind your own beeswax and the over regulation of society

By Michael Gaffney Did anyone know bees were so controversial in Worcester? We all know they have been dying out for some reason, but in my three years on Council and the thousands of people I’ve spoken to, I’ve never heard someone call out “we must do something about these rampant bees!” I am aware [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|regulation of bees in Massachusetts, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Mind your own beeswax and the over regulation of society

You can’t claim to be “Cutting into the bone” while wasting taxpayer money

By Michael Gaffney I received a message from a concerned constituent advising that the City awarded a bid to a local constable despite the bid being higher from the local constable than the bid from the Sheriff’s Office. I sent the following inquiry to the Treasurer and Auditor: A constituent called advising that the Sheriff's [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on You can’t claim to be “Cutting into the bone” while wasting taxpayer money