Wednesday, May 1, 2013
State representative releases press release outlining budget passed by House of Representatives.
(Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by the office of State Representative James Miceli, D-Wilmington.) State Representative Miceli joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday in passing a balanced FY ’14 budget focused on increased government accountability and oversight across the Commonwealth. Through this budget, by increasing Chapter 70 funding by $5.3M, the House strengthens the state’s commitment to cities and towns that are paying more than their target local contribution. The $34 Billion budget ensures over $1 Billion will remain in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Rep. Miceli was also responsible for inserting a 2 million dollar amendment in the Budget for state hospitals. The …
Friday, December 21, 2012
News is mixed as Legislative delegation meets with Board of Selectmen.
Local Legislators were cautiously optimistic when discussing local aid with Tewksbury officials this week. State Rep. Jim Miceli, state Sen. Barry Finegold, outgoing state Rep. Paul Adams and state Rep. Jim Lyons met Tuesday with the Board of Selectmen to discus the fiscal health of the state, the governor's proposed cuts in Local Aid for Fiscal Year 2013 and projections for FY 2014. Miceli told selectmen that given current revenue projections, he doesn't foresee any cuts to local aid in FY '14. Tewksbury was slated to receive roughly $15.5 million for the current fiscal year. "(The town) should be all set if they plan on level funded aid from the state," said Micelli. Finegold echoed Micelli's assessment. "I think we're seeing some good …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Longtime State Rep. Jim Miceli rolled past challenger Doug Sears according to unofficial counts.
Updated at 10:31 p.m.: After a long campaign, Rep. Jim Miceli used his victory speech to supporters for a parting shot to challenger Doug Sears. "If you take Tewksbury and you take Wilmington, they don’t buy into dirty campaigning. I’m not going to be humble like I’ve been in the past," said Miceli, who never referred to Sears by name. "I’ve been in politics since 1963 and this guy is the dirtiest individual I’ve ever run against in my life. But the problem was he couldn’t find anything bad. And what he couldn’t find, he’d make up. We overcame that and I appreciate that." In Wilmington, the unofficial results show that Miceli cruised with a 7,834-2,279 margin of victory. Original Story: Though it was a race that featured plenty of heated …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Sun declined to endorse a candidate for the 19th Middlesex District due to the negative tone of the race.
The Lowell Sun newspaper may have finally found something that state Rep. Jim Micelli and Tewksbury Selectman Doug Sears agree on. The rivals in the race for the seat from the 19th Middlesex District both feel that the Sun's decision not to endorse a candidate in the race was unwarranted. In announcing their endorsements in the State Legislative races earlier this week, the Sun took the unusual step of refusing to endorse either Miceli, the 18-term incumbent from Wilmington, or his Republican challenger Sears. The paper's editorial board explained their decision like this: "It's rare that we take this stance but The Sun chooses not to endorse either candidate. This race has been replete with gutter personal politics and bereft of any ideas…
Former chief calls incumbent "diligent" and "noncompromising."
Friday, November 2, 2012
Letter to the Editor, I have known Representative James Miceli for approximately thirty-five years. He is one of the most dedicated, tenacious, honest and compassionate advocates for his constituents that I have ever witnessed in any form of government. All these years, he has demonstrated the highest level of integrity. The fire that has burned within him in fighting for Tewksbury and Wilmington has never diminished. In my tenure as Chief of Police in Tewksbury, it was my honor and pleasure to work with Representative Miceli on numerous issues. No individual worked harder providing assistance with policy positions of the Department of Mental Health when they moved from Danvers to Tewksbury. His efforts on this sensitive matter helped…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Bits of knowledge to help make you the smartest person working for the weekend.
Here are five pieces of information designed to jump-start your weekend and to help make you the smartest person who starts humming tunes from "Grease" everytime someone mentions Hurricane Sandy. 1. Your 3-Day Local Weekend Weather Forecast: According to the NWS, today we will see patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 2. Quote of the Day, Part 1: "He (Sears) has a hard time with the truth. He's treading on very thin ice questioning my integrity." State Rep. Jim Miceli, speaking at Wednesday night's 19th Middlesex District debate at Tewksbury High. 3. Quote of the Day, Part 2: "That (project) was approved by a town …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
From a Tewksbury Hospital land deal to credit for local projects, rivals revealed longstanding animosity.
If anyone believed Tewksbury Selectman Doug Sears and state Rep. Jim Miceli might be exchanging Christmas cards this holiday season, those thoughts were dispelled after Wednesday night's debate at Tewksbury High School. The two candidates for the 19th Middlesex District (Tewksbury and Wilmington) seat, traded barbs and accusations throughout the debate, which was sponsored by the Lowell Sun, along with media partners, the Town Crier, Wilmington Patch and Tewksbury Patch. Miceli, D-Wilmington, displayed the familiar campaign ferocity that has helped him win 18 terms in the State Legislature. But Sears, the GOP challenger making his first run for state office, gave as good as he got and the exchanges prompted several warnings from moderator …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Candidates for State Senate and State Representative to debate tonight in McGrath Auditorium.
The candidates for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District and the candidates for State Senate in the 2nd Essex Middlesex District will meet tonight in a debate doubleheader at Tewksbury High School's McGrath Auditorium. 18-term incumbent state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, and GOP challenger Doug Sears of Tewksbury will square off at 6:30 p.m. This will be their only one-on-one debate of the campaign season. The 19th Middlesex District includes portions of Tewksbury and Wilmington. The second half of the twin-bill begins at 7:45 p.m. and features state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover and state Rep. Paul Adams, R-Andover, debating for the second time this season. The 2nd Essex-Middlesex District includes Tewksbury, Dracut, …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Letter writer says a commitment to local aid sets Miceli and Lyons apart.
Friday, October 19, 2012
To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of both Jim Miceli and Jim Lyons for State Representative. I have known Jim Miceli for a long time. I met Jim Lyons about 3 months ago when he was going door-to-door through my neighborhood. When I was on the Board of Selectmen my Number One complaint was that the Cities and Towns were NOT getting their fair share of Local Aid. Time and time again I saw jobs being created at the State Level and monies that should have been coming to Tewksbury being siphoned off for more and more administrative and non-productive jobs. That is why I am endorsing both Jim Miceli and Jim Lyons for State Rep in Tewksbury. Both men are committed to forcing the State to provide more Local Aid to its Towns…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Republican is challenging incumbent state Rep. Jim Micelli in 19th Middlesex District.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the candidate Doug Sears.) Last week, Republican candidate for State Representative Doug Sears announced his endorsement by Citizens for Limited Taxation. Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT), based in Marblehead, is a group focused on taxpayer issues and legislative reform. “I am thrilled to have the endorsement of Citizens for Limited Taxation. CLT works to inform voters about legislators who will stand up for the taxpayers and keep government spending in line. These are cornerstones for my campaign to rein in outrageous state spending and reduce the income and sales tax rates.” Sears began, “Rep. Miceli received a 56% failing grade from the 2011-2012 CLT legislative ratings. We …