Mayor’s fundraiser attracts large crowd

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy celebrated her first 100 days in office with a fundraiser at the Porthole Pub Thursday night which attracted about 200 people.

People from all walks of life attended the event, and which included a smattering of city hall officials, elected public officials, and prominent members of the business community who all came to pay homage.

Flanagan-Kennedy’s speech to the crowd was short and sweet.

She detailed her achievements during the first 100 days of her administration.

Speaking from a prepared text she noted that four additional police officers had been hired in her attempt to bolster public safety in the city.

“Everyone must feel safe,” she said.

She also noted that a new ladder truck had been ordered by the city for the fire department.

She praised her office’s handling of constituent matters. She pointed to the feedback forms that allow residents and city employees to chime in with suggestions for improvements in how the city works.

“A system is now in place to archive all electronic mail,” she said, presenting a sharp contrast to her predecessor, whom she accused of doing otherwise when she came into office.

She said that infrastructure repairs like new sidewalks and street pavings were ongoing.

She noted that School Committee meetings will soon be broadcast on local cable television.

In all, it was classic Flanagan-Kennedy.

No bombast. No hyperbole. No theatrics.

Noted among the crowd were well known local lawyers Johnny Mihos and Sam Vitale, EDIC Director Jim Cowdell, highly respected Lynn businessman David Solimine, Jr., Councillor at Large Dan Cahill, Ward Councillors Richard Collucci and William Trahant and School Committeeman John Ford. Also in attendance was Mark Cavanagh, executice director of the Massachusetts State Lottery.

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