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October 15, 2018

Local Politics

Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan hugs supporters after conceding defeat in a recall election, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan hugs supporters after conceding defeat in a recall election, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.


  • Fall River voters go to polls in recall election

    Fall River voters go to polls in recall election

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 6:17 PM EST2014-12-16 23:17:05 GMT

    In a special election Tuesday, voters will decide whether to recall Mayor Will Flanagan and who should take his place.

    In a special election Tuesday, voters will decide whether to recall Mayor Will Flanagan and who should take his place.


  • Judge: No runoff in Fall River recall election

    Judge: No runoff in Fall River recall election

    Thursday, November 13 2014 5:51 PM EST2014-11-13 22:51:25 GMT

    Mayor Will FlanaganMayor Will Flanagan

    A Superior Court judge also rules that Mayor Will Flanagan’s name will be listed first among the candidates.

    A Superior Court judge also rules that Mayor Will Flanagan’s name will be listed first among the candidates.


  • Judge: Fall River recall petition valid; Flanagan can be on ballot

    Judge: Fall River recall petition valid; Flanagan can be on ballot

    Monday, November 3 2014 5:55 PM EST2014-11-03 22:55:26 GMT

    Mayor Will FlanaganMayor Will Flanagan

    A Bristol County judge rules the recall election against Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan can go forward.

    A Bristol County judge rules the recall election against Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan can go forward.


  • Flanagan asks court to stop recall election

    Flanagan asks court to stop recall election

    Thursday, October 16 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-10-16 13:01:43 GMT

    Mayor Will FlanaganMayor Will Flanagan

    Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan wants a judge to review the validity of the recall.

    Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan wants a judge to review the validity of the recall.


  • Fall River mayor headed for recall election

    Fall River mayor headed for recall election

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-10-01 15:40:11 GMT

    Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan defends his reputation during a news conference at Government Center, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan defends his reputation during a news conference at Government Center, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

    The Fall River City Council votes unanimously to accept the recall petition that was filed against Mayor Will Flanagan and to notify the mayor.

    The Fall River City Council votes unanimously to accept the recall petition that was filed against Mayor Will Flanagan and to notify the mayor.

Voters in Fall River recalled Mayor Will Flanagan in a special election Tuesday and replaced him with Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter.

Flanagan conceded defeat within an hour of the polls closing at 8 p.m. The incumbent had two chances in the special election. One was to avoid recall. The second was being selected again to be mayor.

Flanagan’s name was listed first on a slate of eight candidates.

It was not certain Tuesday night when the handover would take place.

The Herald News reported that Sutter would take office when the election is certified. The governor would appoint Sutter’s replacement, who would serve until the next election.

Unofficial results from the city Board of Elections showed 69 percent of voters casting ballots in favor of the recall.

With all of the precincts reporting, Sutter won the office with about 37 percent of the vote. Flanagan was second with 27 percent, followed by Shawn Cadime with 19 percent.

“This is a wonderful moment for me, and let’s hope it turns out to be a wonderful moment for the city,” Sutter said.

Asked Tuesday night if he had any regrets, Flanagan told NBC 10, “Of course, but I’m proud of our administration.”

Critics of Flanagan sought his recall, claiming fiscal mismanagement, fire department layoffs and a public outcry over the city’s pay-as-you-throw trash program.

Flanagan won his third term as mayor in November 2013 with 69 percent of the vote, the same percentage that voted for his recall Tuesday.

Sutter has run unsuccessfully for Congress and considered a run for attorney general. His office is prosecuting a 2013 case in which Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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Local Politics

Residents and business owners benefit from neighborhood marketing and branding initiative

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Seventeen communities from around the country have been selected for an initiative that will help them attract and retain residents, businesses and investment, announced NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit corporation that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

The 17 organizations will work intensively over the next year with expert marketing consultants and local stakeholders to develop marketing plans for their target neighborhoods. These plans will include strategies to reposition the neighborhoods’ images and brands in their regional housing markets.

“A community needs a positive story to create a sense of pride and catalyze investment,” said Ascala Sisk, director of the Stable Communities Initiative at NeighborWorks America. “Despite negative perceptions, these neighborhoods have strengths upon which they can build. Through this program, NeighborWorks America is helping communities to bolster these strengths and spread the word about those assets in a way that resonates.”

NeighborWorks America launched the Neighborhood Marketing Program in 2012 and has been working with 16 organizations through the first round of the initiative to create strong neighborhood brands and rebuild market demand. The first round participants have been implementing a range of creative strategies to promote their neighborhoods, including hosting neighborhood events and new logo launch parties, and creating neighborhood associations. Visit www.stablecommunities.org/marketing for highlights and to watch a video that demonstrates how these marketing tactics are improving internal and external perceptions.

The second round of the program is made possible with a $750,000 donation from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Additional funders include Capital One Foundation and Citi.

“At the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, we focus our support on neighborhood revitalization efforts in meaningful ways throughout the communities we serve,” said Connie Wright, assistant director with the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.  “We recognize that a key component of community revitalization is to develop an effective local neighborhood marketing plan that creates a positive connection to the community.  The Neighborhood Marketing Initiative is designed to help distressed communities achieve that goal and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is delighted to support NeighborWorks America and its network members with this vital work.”    

The second round Neighborhood Marketing Program participants and their targeted neighborhoods are:

  • Houston, TX: Avenue Community Development Corporation, Near Northside/Northside Village
  • Charlotte, NC: Charlotte-Mecklenberg Housing Partnership, Seversville
  • St. Paul, MN: Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, Payne-Phalen
  • Flint, MI: Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Grand Traverse District Neighborhood
  • Orange, NJ: Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Valley Arts District
  • Goshen, IN: La Casa, Chamberlain Neighborhood
  • Chelsea, MA: The Neighborhood Developers, Shirley Avenue
  • Barberton, OH: Neighborhood Development Services, Downtown Barberton
  • Woonsocket, RI: NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, Our Neighborhood Planning District
  • Lincoln, NE: NeighborWorks Lincoln, Clinton Neighborhood
  • Sacramento, CA: NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region, Oak Park
  • Salt Lake City, UT: NeighborWorks Salt Lake, River District North Temple
  • Roseburg, OR: NeighborWorks Umpqua, Southeast Roseburg
  • Roxbury, MA: Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, Blue Hill Avenue
  • Pocatello, ID: Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, Old Town Neighborhood
  • Baltimore, MD: St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, Belair-Edison
  • Providence, RI: West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, West End

For more information about the NeighborWorks America Stable Communities Initiative, including the Neighborhood Marketing Program, visit nw.org and www.stablecommunities.org.      

About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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Residents and business owners benefit from neighborhood marketing and branding initiative