1) I intend to hire a budget director for the City of Holyoke, by consolidating existing positions in city government, with an expertise in finance to monitor and improve the value of our cities financial resources. The taxpayers of our city deserve a more prudent and focused stewardship of tax dollars.
2) I intend to develop a Department of Energy Conservation directed by a well experienced energy auditor to monitor and reduce energy costs for our city.
3) I Intend to support well established local businesses with better public service and less government control. I think we need fairer regulation of business.
4) I intend to co-create and develop greater home ownership in our city and will assist with the development of stronger more effective neighborhood and tenant associations.
5) I intend to take a leading roll in the innovation and improvement of Dean Technical High School one of our cities most important resources. Dean Tech has the potential to provide very good opportunities for our cities youth in the trades of Machining, HVACR Mechanical Construction and Urban Agriculture.
6) I intend to provide civic leadership toward the development of what will become The Holyoke Resource Exchange. An independent not for profit enterprise that will encompass a permanent disaster relief fund and a food bank for our city.
7) I will restore funding for the Holyoke Fire Department and commence the initiative to develop H.F.D. into a more community based service provider.
8) My top priority as Mayor and closest to my heart is the improvement of the Holyoke Public Schools. I believe our City needs a new middle school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to alleviate the pressure on our elementary schools, to allow for and provide the space for innovation and improvement. All of our public schools need a new investment in infrastructure and more resources focused on maintenance and repair. This is what our public school children and teachers need and what the tax payers of Holyoke deserve a much better return on our investment.
My intention to become Mayor of Holyoke is the result of many friends, family and neighbors from across Massachusetts inquiring and suggesting that I would be good for the position and I have taken it to heart. With my love for history and sociology I know Holyoke well and have shared my affection for the city for many years.
My final decision to initiate this campaign is due to the immanent destruction of John J. Lynch school to be replaced with a corporate drug store at a time when our city's school system needs more space for administrative and educational purposes.
This is shortsighted and poor planning. I believe our city deserves better.
When I began to speak publicly about this issue pointing out the relationship between the constriction boom in corporate pharmacy's and the opiate crisis in our society many supporters encouraged me to keep speaking out and fight for whats right for the people of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
- Michael Thomas Siciliano
Please contact Michael T. Siciliano at any time if your have any interests or inquiries.