ToomeyK at ci.worcester.ma.us
Thu Jul 6 22:07:50 PDT 2006
Dear Editors of Worcester Indymedia;
I am sure it was an oversite, but Councilor Petty not only walked in the Walk for the Homeless, on 6/4, he gave the proclomation for the Mayor, who had a previous commitment.
I was unable to attend because of family commitments, and had donated to the walk, generously, as I always do. I asked Councilor Petty to extend my support and best wishes for the walk.
5/1 - Since I had a previous engagement, I did not attend. That does not mean I don't care.
6/2 - I did not think it was an effective method and I could not attend as my job that day was as an elected delegate. That does not mean that I don't care, nor does it mean that I didn't do anything to help get more money. I have spent the past 15 years advocating, sometimes I felt like I was a lonely voice, for adequate funding for education. I did it as a mother and taxpayer, a CPPAC co-chair, a School Committee member for six years, and as a City Councilor for the past six months and will continue to do so.
6/6 - Budget meeting at 4, Legislative Affairs committee right after, and immediately after that, a Council meeting.
Other events I have attended just since May you didn't list -
The YWCA Stepping Up for battered women walk, where I spoke; several Memorial Day events, City of Worc., Geese Project Press Conference; First Wednesday Meeting; Give Kids A Fighting Chance event at the Paladium; Elm Park Community Dinner/Save Our Community Schools; Meeting with community at Goddard House about Taco Bell; Tornadoes Kick Off; Dedication of Monument to Robert Goddard; Democratic City Committee Dinner; 79th Annual Armed Forces Committee Dinner (I am a member of the Council's Military Affairs Committee); Friends of Worcester Neighborhoods Saw Doctors Fundraiser for Worcester Neighborhoods and Trees,(my daughter's prom) KofC Mt. Carmel Big Band Dinner; SOI Annual Sports Scholar night; Annual Scholarships Awards for Lodge of Elks; Music American Style fundraiser for WPS; 2nd Anniversary Sr. Care Options Program at the Senior Center; Cat's Dance, Burncoat - no, I don't have any children who dance, I was asked to attend; Education Gender Gap Presentation; McGovern's Annual Fiesta Latina;(Burncoat Sports Night - my children received awards) a neighborhood block party; 28th memorial mass and breakfast for the Vernon Hill Post;several budget hearings, ZBA meetings at the Library; Youth Parks and Rec Committee Meeting; a meeting for Worcester Stands for Education; Tornadoes first game;a speaking engagement at the YOU Inc Foster Care Program meeting; Parks and Rec Committee;many City Council meetings;Memorial Day Water Ceremony; Memorial Day Rememberance at Hope Cemetary, McGovern at the Worc. Club; Rally to Honor Jose Rivera;Phi Delta Kappa Key to the City; Ed Augustus Ti Novo; Dem Caucus; Greek Festival; South Worcester Neighborhood meeting at Holy Cross;Men's Group at the JCC;Traffic and Parking;Mtg with a developer;Neighborworks/Oak Hill CDC home ownership meeting;Education Committee; Youth Center Kickoff;Rogers Kennedy Ceremony;Big Dipper Celebrity Scooper;(my daughter's graduation);Breakfast with Senator Kerry and legislators;Airport update; Public Service and Transportation Committee;ROTC Flag Day;WPI Brownfields; Harriette Chandler Fundraiser;Pedone Fundraiser;Joe Early Fundraiser;Ad Hoc Mill St Business Community meeting;(missed my son's football banquet where he got an award);SMOC;MASS Veteran's 30 year lease announcement;Nativity School Graduation;Centro Las Americas Working English Program Graduation;Friends of Worcester's Nbhds fundraiser for Trees;Worc. Regional Airport Master Plan;Korean War Memorial 65th Infranty Regiment fundraiser;Worc. Emergency Communications Relay;Key to the City for Fred Baus;Laurie Tinsley Scholarship Dinner to benefit students who lose a parent;Traffic and Parking;Worc. St. Pat's Parade golf tournament to benefit the parade:MA Biomedical Initiative @WPI;Fourth of July fireworks;
a myriad of neighborhood meetings; phone calls and letters regarding constituant concerns; research on issues; and quite a few more meetings that weren't written down. Also, I snuck in a few of my son's games and practices, picking up my daughter from work, a 21st wedding anniversary, Father's Day, other Family graduations; attended an event in New Jersey for my husband's business which took me out of the City, etc. Also, my husband travels about 140 days a year, so I am often it for transportation for my kids.
Some of the aforementioned may not be important in your eyes, but for the people involved, they were just as important. Supporting the local Worcester Delegation assists me in my relationship to lobby for the City of Worcester..I also had a small fundraiser so I could continue to do things like support the majority if not all of the Little Leagues in the City. I also have a great deal of personal debt because of my previous campaigns, and I am trying to eradicate that.
City Council is supposed to be a part time position, and I honestly don't know how my colleagues who have other fulltime jobs do what they do. Some of my colleagues are district councilors, and would not be involved in as much as the at large councilors are. Some of my colleagues are retired, and can do this full time. I am close to full time. I try very hard to balance my time, and sometimes it works.
If you have an event that you think I should be at, please e-mail me at
toomeyk at ci.worcester.ma.us
If you want to talk to me about an issue, please call me at 508-799-1049
or my cell at 508-963-315
Make no mistake about it, I absolutely LOVE my job and am grateful to have had the opportunity to be here for the public.
I am a public servant, and I try and give my best to the community which elected me. Thank you for your support.
Worcester City Councilor
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