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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Podcast of Paying Attention! Sat., July 18, 2009


GUEST: Dan Cotnoir

Hero Marine Dan Cotnoir explains why he should be the next mayor of Lawrence and in a candid interview admits that if he had it all to do over again he would indeed shoot his gun again into the crowd that was threatening his home and his family at 2am last year. Cotnoir took chief Romero and the Lawrence Police to task as well as saying he would fire Wilfredo Laboy and gave some ideas as to how he would run the city differently.

Also on today's show: Lawrence's Mayor Sullivan puts Planning Director Mike Sweeney in charge of the failing water treatment facility (watch Blanchette blow a gasket over that one) Water Treatment Plant Foreman Mark Griffin resigns. Mayor Sullivan reveals in an exclusive interview that the water department has only taken in 73% of the water bills sent out in the last 3 years, "leaving millions of dollars on the table".

Sullivan also divulged that DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) issues a "criminal consent order" against the city for illegal storage of mercury at the water treatment facility. State Rep. Willie Lantigua held a fundraiser on Thursday where the club owner claims he was "cleaned out" of every drop of liquor while the Lantigua event was going on. Also, The Lawrence School Committee spent a significant portion of their meeting on Thursday talking about how to remove Laboy's name from the side of school department vehicles and even took a 4-1 vote to micromanage the day to day operations of the schools.

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