The purpose of this report card is to encourage voters of New Bedford to make an informed decision about the candidates running for office for mayor and City Council elections on November 7th, 1995. Candidates were asked questions at a series of public debates about issues of concern of C.I.V.I.C. member organizations:
This document can be used as a referral during elected official's terms to insure that the candidates are held accountable for their stated positions. Remember, power concedes nothing without a demand! C.I.V.I.C. wishes to express thanks to several New Bedford organizations and businesses who have made these debates possible:
WBSM; Channel 46-New Bedford Government Channel; Howland Place; New Bedford Sport's Club; Buttonwood Warming House-NB Recreation; Moose Hall; Sixth's Bristol Club; Ben Rose Gardens-N.B. Housing Authority; TV World; David Antunes Sound Company; D.J. Mark "Lucky Dogs" Pereira
Report Card produced by GET-UP, Grassroots Empowerment, Training and Unity Project, a C.I.V.I.C. member.
Ward 2 Debate held October 12, 1995 Questions posed: Does the candidate Support... 1. Needle exchange for HIV prevention 2a. Proposed Wampanoag Casino 2b. Gaming in neighborhood business establishments 3. Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle exchange 4. Condom distribution for teens at High School 5. Reduction of paperwork to make the City's microloan pool more accessible to small businesses 6. Reduction of water and sewer rates for neighborhood businesses 7. Will welfare reform increase crime and youth violence? 8. Support establishment of a detox center in New Bedford 9. Support the concept of a mobile police sub-station 10a. Support opening youth centers 10b. after school programs 11. Support waived fees for community groups to hold meetings and functions in City schools and buildings? 12. Should drug treatment programs be made available at the Bristol County House of Correction? 13. Support programs for teen parents; education, parenting classes, counseling 14. Work to develop North End retail district as an "International Marketplace" 15. Get rid of parking meters in downtown and North End 16. Do you feel teen violence is a problem? 17. Support establishment of a Drug Court 18. Both candidates commute daily to work in the Boston area-would their schedule allow adequate time to devote to City Council duties? 19. Address problem of abandoned properties on Acushnet Ave. 20. Should mayor control Health Dept. decisions on public health matters Candidates for Ward 2 Carlos A. Pinhancos Paul Koczera Question Pinhancos Koczera 1. yes yes 2a yes yes 2b. yes no no 3. no no 4. no no 5. yes yes 6. yes yes 7. yes no 8. yes yes 9. yes yes 10a. no yes 10b. yes yes 11. yes yes 12. yes yes 13. yes ye.s 14. yes yes 15. no yes 16. yes yes 17. yes yes 18. yes yes 19. yes yes 20. no yes Ward 4 Debate held October 17, 1985 Questions posed: 1. Work to improve access to city Microloan pool 2. Support waived $45 fee for community groups to hold meetings and functions in City schools and buildings? 3. Would candidate participate in Neighborhood Association meetings? 4. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle exchange 5. Should mayor control Health Dept. decisions on public health matters? 6. Address drug-dealing problem at Ben Rose and Bay Village? 7. Support programs for teen parents; education, parenting classes, counseling 8. Meet with local banks to provide more loans to neighborhood businesses 9. Improve access to City Hall of neighborhood business concerns 10. Favor condom distribution for teens at High School 11. Support greater integration of waterfront economic development plans with Ward 4 12 Support Rep. Cabral's bill to use 20% drug confiscated moneys for treatment 13. Should D.A.'s office have to account for confiscated drug moneys? 14. Support establishment of a Drug Court 15. Support efforts to rehabilitate abandoned buildings 16. Favor demolition of Morse Twist Drill building 17. Support sex education in grades below High School 18. Assure that local small businesses benefit from the proposed Casino. WARD 4 Candidates I =incumbent Joseph "Jo Jo" Fortes Ramona Silva (I) Question Fortes Silva 1. yes yes 2. no no 3. yes yes 4. yes yes 5. no no 6. yes yes 7. yes yes 8. yes yes 9. yes yes 10. yes yes 11. yes yes 12. no yes 13. yes yes 14. yes yes 15. yes yes 16. yes yes 17. yes yes 18. yes yes Ward 6 Debate held October 23, 1985 Questions posed: 1. Support lowering property tax rate 2. Favor rehabilitating vacant lots 3. Should the city fund violence prevention for youth? 4. Support establishment of a Drug Court 5. Support plans for a recreation area at Fort Rodman 6. Should Victory Park be designated as open space? 7. Do you favor opening public schools for supervised youth activities? 8. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle exchange 9. Do you have a plan to assist micro businesses in Ward 6? 10.a Would you support more foot patrol/community policing in Ward 6? 10b. Would you work with the mayor to establish foot patrols? 11. Do you think welfare reform will increase youth crime and violence? 12. Should the mayor's politics be involved in Health Dept. decisions? 13. Do you have ideas on how to bring Casino visitors into Ward 6 businesses? 14. Do you favor siting a needle exchange program at Gifford St.? 15. Support waived $45 fee for community groups to hold meetings and functions in City schools and buildings? 16. Support Rep. Cabral's bill to use 20% drug confiscated moneys for treatment 17. Favor condom distribution for teens at High School 18. Would you give Working Capital businesses more of a voice in city government? 19. Would you be willing to attend Cove St. Neighborhood Association Meetings? 20. Does New Bedford have a gang problem? Candidates Ward 6 Leo Pimental Victor Pinheiro Question Pimental Pinheiro 1. yes yes 2. yes yes 3. yes yes 4. yes yes 5. yes yes 6. yes yes 7. yes yes 8. yes no 9. no yes 10. yes yes 11. yes no 12. no no 13. yes yes 14. yes no 15. yes yes 16. yes yes 17. no no 18. yes yes 19. yes yes 20. yes yes WARD 5 Debate held October 20, 1995 Questions posed: 1. Are you aware of community policing and how it it working in New Bedford? 2. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle exchange. 3. Favor condom distribution for teens at High School 4. Are you familiar with Working Capital , would you be willing to meet with its members to address concerns of microbusinesses? 5. Do you favor the current plans to rebuild the Buttonwood Zoo? 6. Should mayor control Health Dept. decisions on public health matters? 7. .Should community groups be charged $52 per night for the use of school buildings for meeting and functions? 8. Meet with local banks to provide more loans to neighborhood businesses 9. Do you believe there is a need for improved night security of Buttonwood Park? 10a. Do you support the establishment of a drug detox in New Bedford? 10b. Do you favor the use of drug confiscation moneys to fund a detox? 11. Meet with local banks to provide more loans to neighborhood businesses 12. Do you feel the city has a responsibility to implement violence prevention programs for teens? 13. Do you have a plan to include small and microbusinesses in opportunities presented by the proposed Casino? 14. Do you believe that the casino will lead to an increase in negative behaviors, i.e. crime and gambling addiction? 15. Support establishment of a Drug Court 16. Do you think welfare reform will increase youth crime and violence? 17. City microloans require 3 years of tax and business. Do you favor reducing the requirements for business start ups? Ward 5 Candidates I=incumbent Jane Gonsalves (I) Barry Starr Question Gonsalves Starr 1. yes yes 2. yes no 3. yes w/sex education no 4. yes yes 5. yes no 6. no no 7. no no 8. yes yes 9. yes yes 10a. yes yes 10b. yes yes 11. yes yes 12. yes yes 13. yes yes 14. no no 15. yes yes 16. no no 17. yes yes Ward 1 Debate held October 26, 1995 Questions posed*: 1. Do you oppose plans to construct a coal-fired plant in Ward 1? 2. Do you have a plan to help local small/micro businesses attract visitors from the proposed casino? 3. Should the city tackle teen drug use in Ward 1? 4. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle exchange 5. Do you support the establishment of a community policing sub-station in Ward 1? 6. Are you familiar with Working Capital , would you be willing to meet with its members to address concerns of microbusinesses? 7. Support establishing youth programs in the North End of New Bedford 8. Should mayor control Health Dept. decisions on public health matters? 9. Would you support a new bus company with expanded service to meet the needs of New Bedford residents? 10. Do you have a plan to assist neighborhood businesses in Ward 1? 11. Do believe teen violence is a problem? 13. Do you support Rep. Cabral's bill to use 20% of drug confiscation moneys for drug treatment? *Fewer questions posed due to abbreviated debate format for this debate Ward 1 Candidates I=incumbent David Gerwatowski(I) Denis Hanks Question Gerwatowski Hanks 1. yes yes 2. yes yes 3. yes yes 4. yes no 5. yes ? 6. yes yes 7. yes yes 8. no no 9. yes yes 10. yes yes 11. yes yes 12. ? has not seen text of the bill yes Mayoral Debate Held October 30, 1995 Questions posed: 1. Do you have a figure of how many $500 to $25,00 microloans have been made by the New Bedford Corp.? 2. Will you guarantee that New Bedford residents will get jobs at the proposed casino? 3. Will you provide city matching funds for the AmeriCorps program? 4. Are you still in opposition of the Healthmobile/needle exchange for law enforcement reasons? 5. City's microloan program requires 3 years of tax and business record for start-up businesses. Would you be willing to revisit this application criteria? 6. No you feel that the community policing program is accomplishing its mission? 7. Will city youth have a position/voice in your administration? 8. 80% of House of Correction inmates have a substance abuse problem-do you favor drug treatment during incarceration? 9. Would you favor extending the concept of "one-stop shopping" (streamlined regulations/permits) to include microbusinesses? 10. Will you work closely with Neighborhood Associations? 11.a. Are EPA plans to store PCB's in permanent, Confined Disposal Facilities (CDF's) a case of environmental racism? 11b. Do you favor placement of CDF's at the foot of Sawyer St.? 12. Do you support greater accountability for confiscated drug moneys? Candidates for Mayor of New Bedford I=incumbent Rosemary Tierney(I) Fred Kalisz Question Tierney Kalisz 1. no no 2. yes yes 3. yes yes 4. yes no 5. no yes 6. yes yes 7. yes no 8. yes yes 9. yes yes 10. yes yes 11a. no no 11b. no no 12. no yes Councilor-At-Large Debate held October 5, 1995 Questions posed: 1. Do you support a Healthmobile to provide hepatitis/TB screening, STD education, needle exchange and drug treatment referral? 2. Should the City Council play a role to curtail youth violence and drug problems? 3. Do you have a plan to support neighborhood small businesses? 4. Should the city hold owners of abandoned properties accountable? 5. Do you support peer leader/youth programs and be willing to expand them? 6. Do you support increased accountability of the D. A.'s office for moneys confiscated in drug raids ? 7. Do you favor the elimination of parking meters in the downtown and North End retail districts to attract more shoppers? 8. Would you support opening up school buildings after hours to provide more supervised recreation for young people? Councilor-At-Large Candidates I=incumbent David Alves (I) Denis Lawrence Jr David Andrade Kellie Martin-Luiz Henry Carriero Ed Pacheco Brian Gomes (I) John Saunders(I) Thomas Hodgson(I) George Rogers (I) not present ( in the hospital) Question Alves Andrade Carriero Gomes Hodgson Lawrence Martin-Luiz Pacheco Saunders 1. Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 2. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 3. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 4. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 5. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 6. Y Y Y N N Y ? Y N 7. N Y N N Y Y Y Y Y 8. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y