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Board of Health Candidate Q & A

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eHop posed the following questions to our Board of Health Candidates and we are posting their responses here exactly as submitted. We thank them for their time and for their commitment to Hopkinton.  In addition we recommend voters watch the HCAM Contested Races Debate and the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night, both of which are available on the HCAM YouTube Channel.

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Philip A. Cohen, 3 John Matthew Rd, Republican, Incumbent • No Candidate Statement Received
  • Jennifer C. Flanagan, 238 Ash St, Democrat • Flanagan Candidate Statement

Question 1: Can you please tell us about your education, work experience and skills, and how they relate to the work of the Board of Health?

Philip A. Cohen: After completing medical school at Boston University, I continued my education at Boston Medical Center finishing my surgical residency in 2008. This included a Surgical Research Fellowship for two additional years, in addition to the five years of surgical training. I then went on to complete an advanced surgical fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery. Surgery relates to the Board of Health position beyond the obvious relationship between health and medicine. The Board of Health is also responsible for disaster management, which is an offshoot of trauma and emergency medicine, which I am well familiar with after training at BMC.
My other experience and skills have to do with home renovation and I consider myself to be a relatively handy home owner. I have a fairly good knowledge of plumbing and septic concepts, and enjoy learning more about those systems every day. I have also worked in kitchens as a short order cook and doing back of the house prep, and did research in a microbiology lab, so I understand fully the importance of restaurant and food service cleanliness.
The most important experience I have as it relates to the work of the Board of Health is the experience that I have gained while serving the Town of Hopkinton on the Board for the past year.

Jennifer C. Flanagan: I have been a Relationship Manager and Project Manager for large Risk Management companies for over 20 years. As a Relationship Manager, I build trust, manage expectations and maintain loyalty by being a trusted resource and ally to both my colleagues and my clients. In the case of the Board of Health, this would translate to the people of Hopkinton. I have lived in town for 17 years and formed strong relationships with countless people in town, through our children, common interests and volunteering.
As a Project Manager, I am tasked with garnering all the necessary resources from cross-functional teams to deliver what I have promised, on-time and as expected. This skill-set will be extremely helpful when working with the various Boards in our Municipal Government. The Board of Health needs to be able to work in collaboration with the Board of Selectmen, Parks and Recreation, Planning Board and the DPW, to name a few.
Additionally, I worked for a large insurance company for a number of years where I was responsible for visiting and training our clients; which included hospital, nursing home and school cafeterias as well as many large restaurant chains. These visits were to insure that our clients were in compliance with all worksite safety and Health Department Regulations, with the intent of circumventing any need for OSHA or Board of Health involvement. I believe that this experience brings a very unique skill-set to this position.

Question 2: What is the most important function of the Board of Health?

Philip A. Cohen: The Board of Health has a fairly large job description, but in general, the most important function of the Board is to maintain the public’s safety while upholding the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth.

Jennifer C. Flanagan: The primary function of the Board of Health is to keep our town healthy, both in our common space and in our homes. It is imperative that we find ways to deal with mosquito-borne illnesses and lake weeds in a way that does not introduce further risk to our community. The Board of Health will need to work with the Board of Selectmen, Parks and Recreation and the DPW to find healthy solutions for these problems.
It is also important to closely manage new construction and new businesses to insure that we are maintaining the integrity of our ground water and clean air.

Question 3: Do you see any public health safety issues in town that the Board of Health should become involved with?

Philip A. Cohen: Currently, no. But moving forward over the next several years, there will be items that will require some discussion. For example, the lake weeds issue will ultimately require discussion with the Board of Health, but no plans have been solidified by the Parks and Recreation Department and the commission. Another area that will ultimately need monitoring is the ever-changing landscape of disaster management to ensure that the Town has a reasonable plan in place that keeps the interest of the people in mind.

Jennifer C. Flanagan: Hopkinton is already a very healthy community. We are a town that is very cognizant of our wonderful natural resources; parks, trails and clean water. We know that we are lucky to live in a town that is so in tune with our overall health – our children’s especially. We do have things to address, as I mentioned above, but I am confident that we can do so in the least obtrusive way and keep Hopkinton the wonderful safe and healthy town we all love.

Housing Authority Candidate Q & A

eHop posed the following questions to our Housing Authority Candidates and we are posting their responses here exactly as submitted. We thank them for their time and for their commitment to Hopkinton.  In addition we recommend voters watch theHCAM Contested Races Debate and the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night, both of which are available on the HCAM YouTube Channel.

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1

Question 1: Can you please tell us about your education, work experience and skills, and how they relate to the work of the Housing Authority?

Nancy E. Kelleigh: In my opinion the most important criteria for a candidate for the Housing Authority Board is a genuine interest in serving the elders in our community. I have several degrees and relevant experience, but I’ve witnessed first hand the value of the wisdom and life experience among our residents that no degree can bestow.

Emily R. D’Urso: I have an undergraduate degree in psychology from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana. I got my very first full time job out of college working as an assistant property manager and have only ever worked in the field of multi family housing management. I have hands on experience working with housing authorities, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and implementing capital improvements.

Question 2: Ms Kelleigh: Can you give us an example of some of the programs you have worked on as a member of the Housing Authority?

Nancy E. Kelleigh: The board doesn’t run programs at the Housing Authority or manage its day to day operations. The Board’s primary function is to support the director; to review and approve budget items; and to be an active ear for residents who would like to be heard.

Question 2: Ms D’Urso: What made you decide to run for Housing Authority?

Emily R. D’Urso: I was asked to run.

Question 3: Do you think the town is meeting the housing needs of its low income residents? Do you have any suggestions for improvements?

Nancy E. Kelleigh: That might be a better question for the Planning Board. Many residential developments set aside a number of units for low income home buyers. In the case of rentals, as Board members, we do not have enough information regarding low income rental housing needs in our community. As a starting point, the town census may provide information to better assess this demographic.

Emily R. D’Urso: In all honesty I do know know what affordable housing is currently available in Hopkinton.

Constable Candidate Q & A

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eHop posed the following questions to our Constable Candidates and we are posting their responses here exactly as submitted. We thank them for their time and for their commitment to Hopkinton. In addition we recommend voters watch the HCAM Contested Races Debate and the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night, both of which are available on the HCAM YouTube Channel.

CONSTABLE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Michael P. Umina, Sr., 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled, Incumbent • No Candidate Statement Received Yet
  • Michael A. Hayes, 1 Third Rd, Democrat • Michael Hayes Candidate Statement

Question 1: Mr. Umina, Can you tell us about some of the duties you have performed since you were elected to the position of Constable in 2013?

Michael P. Umina, Sr.: No response received by deadline.

Question 1: Mr. Hayes, What made you want to run for Constable?

Michael A. Hayes: After speaking with our special Constable William Pickett out of Framingham who supports Hopkinton, a couple law enforcement officers and town hall employees this seemed to be a good fit for myself to serve the community.

Question 2: Mr. Umina, Are you a member of the Massachusetts Bay Constable Association or the Massachusetts Constables Association? Have you participated in any of their trainings or continuing education programs?

Michael P. Umina, Sr.: No response received by deadline.

Question 2: Mr. Hayes, If elected, do you plan to become a member of the Massachusetts Bay Constable Association or the Massachusetts Constables Association? If elected, do you plan to participate in any of their trainings or continuing education programs?

Michael A. Hayes: Yes, I do plan to become a member of MBCA and already have my application filled out. If elected I would be attended an educational program a week after the election. I have also initiated the paper work to become a Notary and been researching the history of constable’s role as a civil peace officer. MBCA also hosts monthly informational meetings and an annual educational more extensive seminar that I would want to be at as well.

Candidates Debate for Contested Races on HCAM Tues 5/10 at 7pm

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Selectman, Town Clerk, Town Moderator, Parks & Recreation, Board of Health and Constable candidates will all be on HCAM-TV on Tuesday May 10 at 7:00-9:00pm for a debate. You may view it on Comcast 8, Verizon 30, streaming live at hcam.tv/live or attend in person as part of the studio audience.  HCAM is located at 77 Main St (lower level), Hopkinton MA 01748.

Schedule: 

  • @ 7:00-8:00pm Questions for the Town Clerk, Constable, Town Moderator, Board of Health and Parks & Recreation Candidates
  • @ 8:00-9:00pm Questions for the Board of Selectmen Candidates

Panelists:

Continue reading Candidates Debate for Contested Races on HCAM Tues 5/10 at 7pm

Candidate Statements for May 16 Town Election

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Offices on the May 16 Ballot

Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 16. All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School Brown Gym. You must use the rear entrance because school will be in session. There are no ballot questions this year. Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk and are due Friday, May 13 by 12:00 noon. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508.497.9710 or townclerk@hopkintonma.gov.

Be sure to watch the Candidates Debate for Contested Races on HCAM on Tuesday May 10 at 7:00-9:00pm. Read more…

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race

TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

  • Philip A. Cohen, 3 John Matthew Rd, Republican, Incumbent • No Candidate Statement Received Yet
  • Jennifer C. Flanagan, 238 Ash St, Democrat • Flanagan Candidate Statement

CONSTABLE, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

  • Michael P. Umina, Sr., 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled, Incumbent • No Candidate Statement Received Yet
  • Michael A. Hayes, 1 Third Rd, Democrat • Michael Hayes Candidate Statement

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

COMMISSIONERS OF PARKS & RECREATION, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

Continue reading Candidate Statements for May 16 Town Election

Contested Races Candidates Debate on HCAM 5/10

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Candidates from 6 contested races in the Hopkinton Town Election will be asked questions for debate. The debate will air live on HCAM (Comcast Channel 8, Verizon Channel 30) or feel free to join the studio audience. The event will be Tuesday May 10 at 7:00-9:00pm.

Panelists Include: Tom Nappi (HCAM News), Michelle Murdock (Hopkinton Independent), Amy Ritterbusch (eHop)

Candiates Include: Board of Selectmen, Town Moderator, Constable, Board of Health, Parks & Recreation, Town Clerk