Saturday, May 18, 2013
The at-large city councilor is seeking a second term.
City Councilor Jay DiLisio and his supporters will gather Sunday at Scorpio's in downtown Attleboro for a "family friendly" event to kick off his re-election campaign, the councilor wrote in a press release. He is seeking a second term as an at-large councilor in the fall election. DiLisio, 36, was elected to the council in 2011 when he placed fifth in a field of nine at-large candidates. He heads the council's Committee on City Property & Claims. A Stoneham native, DiLisio and his wife Amy moved to Attleboro in 2004. They have a young son. DiLisio's day job is in Providence, where he works as a vice president at Bank of America. As of Thursday, DiLisio is one of four candidates certified for the at-large contest. The others are incumbents…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
City Councilors Frank Cook, Richard Conti and Jay DiLisio become official candidates for the fall contests.
Editor's Note: The original version of this article incorrectly stated Walter Thibodeau was certified for the election and did not include the fact Richard Conti was certified. This was due to an error on the status sheet at the city's Election's Department office. Office Manager Marianne Draine contacted Patch about the error after the story was published. She said Thibodeau "is a little short of 100 percent certified" and Conti was certified for the election. The story has been corrected. Three sitting Attleboro city councilors were certified Monday for the fall election. Frank Cook, Richard Conti and Jay DiLisio became official candidates when election officials confirmed they had collected enough signatures from local registered voters…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Two councilors head for the restroom during a vote with permission from the president. A third councilor says the vote should be redone. His motives are questioned.
Granting someone permission to use the bathroom can have consequences. For Capt. Mark McCluskey and Virgil "The Turk" Solozzo in the first Godfather film, the decision cost their lives as Michael Corleone returned from a restaurant restroom and fired a gun. The outcome was a little lower on the intensity scale for Attleboro City Council President Frank Cook, but his apparent permission to allow two colleagues to use the facilities during a discussion and vote at the April 2 meeting led to a 20-minute debate two weeks later about who can go when. At the center of the controversy were City Councilors Jay DiLisio and Mark Cooper, who left the table for the bathroom during a discussion and vote on, perhaps ironically, pollutant limits for …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Jay DiLisio will introduce an ordinance proposal regarding graffiti that includes financial penalties.
City officials could soon take extra steps toward eliminating graffiti in Attleboro. City Councilor Jay DiLisio will introduce an ordinance proposal tonight that specifies graffiti is illegal and includes financial penalties for violating the law. The proposal states: No person shall deface private or public property with but not limited to spray paint, or other materials without proper authorization. This sort of defacing of property is commonly referred to as tagging, and includes but is not limited to gang and organized crime affiliation. Any individual caught violating this ordinance will be subject to a fee of $250 plus any and all costs to reverse the damage done to the property DiLisio wrote in an email to Attleboro Patch, "I have …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Jay DiLisio says a proposed ordinance will go before a council committee next month.
Driving off-road vehicles in Attleboro is illegal unless done on a private property with the owner's written permission, as per state law that also does not allow them to be driven on public property expect at a handful of places. Local enforcement of this prohibition on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other off-road vehicles has been difficult, Police Chief Kyle Heagney said at a neighborhood meeting last month attended by about 40 people. This situation could change. City Councilor Jay DiLisio said at Tuesday night's council meeting he is drafting an ordinance that is "a little more aggressive than we're used to and sends a message saying 'hey, you can't be doing this.'" DiLisio said he is working with Chief Heagney, Council President …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Leaders disagree on whether ARA board members should have made a presentation to the city council and whether the board members gave enough notice saying they would not do it.
Attleboro city councilors did not hold back their frustration Tuesday night when no Attleboro Redevelopment Authority board members appeared for a planned presentation of updates on various development projects. There was disagreement on whether board members gave adequate notice they would skip the meeting, but this did not appear to change the bigger picture that councilors said they should have been there and ARA board members said they had good reason to delay a presentation. Councilor Richard Conti, the council's liaison to the ARA and chair of the committee on capital improvements & city development, announced toward the beginning of Tuesday's council meeting he had received an email from Judy Robbins, ARA chair and former mayor, the…
Friday, March 8, 2013
She is the first official candidate.
Attleboro has its first official candidate in the at-large city council contest for the fall election. Attleboro Farmers Market manager Heather Porreca's nomination papers were certified Thursday, the Election's Department confirmed. "I am happy that my nomination papers have been certified and I will officially be on the ballot for city councilor at-large this fall," wrote Porreca in an email to Attleboro Patch. "I am encouraged and grateful for the support that I have received as I take the first step toward representing our community." She added, "It would be an honor to serve on the council and be a voice for the citizens as we make great strides and progress into the future. As many of you know, I am passionate about Attleboro and I …
Friday, February 8, 2013
More than 500 sandwiches, 10 gallons of soup and chips are ready for the snowplow drivers, emergency personnel and others involved in the city's effort during the snow storm.
Rapid sandwich making was on the agenda for a small gathering of Attleboro leaders Friday afternoon at the home of Sue Blais, vice chair of the Attleboro Republican City Committee. The sandwiches are for the snowplow drivers, emergency personnel and others involved in the city's effort during the snowstorm. Soup and chips are also being provided. All the food is being provided for free and nobody is paid to prepare it. The food is needed because stores are closed during most of the time while the city is handling issues with the snowstorm, Blais said. Those helping with the sandwich making were Mayor Kevin Dumas, City Councilors Jay DiLisio and Brian Kirby, city administrator Barry LaCasse and Attleboro GOP Chair Howard Bibeault.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Councilor Jay DiLisio says he wants to get the conversation started. Councilor Jonathan Weydt is also interested in the subject.
Medical marijuana, which Massachusetts voters legalized in November, makes two appearances on the agenda for tonight's Attleboro City Council meeting. The separate items, listed under "new business," are written by City Councilors Jay DiLisio and Jonathan Weydt. DiLisio's measure states: That the council consider a resolution that would include imposing a six-month moratorium on all medical marijuana treatment centers in Attleboro, in order to afford the appropriate amount of time and study of the intricacies of the new state law. Weydt's measure states: That the Municipal Council establish an ordinance to be regulated by special permit with the Municipal Council as the Special Permit Granting Authority relative to the use of marijuana …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The session is open to everybody and will take place at The Caribbean Kitchen from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.