QUINCY – A political freshman with extensive volunteering experience in the city stood up against incumbent District 2 councilor Anthony Andronico in November’s citywide election.
Steve Perdios has returned papers to run for the Ward 2 seat, which represents residents of the Quincy Point, Penn’s Hill and Faxon Park neighborhoods.
Ward 2 lost its nearly 10-year-old councilor Brad Croall when he resigned in January. The remaining eight councilors appointed Anthony Andronico, who was then vice-chairman of the school committee, to fill his seat. Courtney Perdios, Steve Perdios’ wife, was elected to replace him on the school board.
Andronico and Perdios are both lifelong residents of Ward 2 who say they understand the issues of the ward better than most and are dedicated to communicating with residents.
Andronico serves as the adjutant to State Sen. Patrick O’Connor of Weymouth. He served on the school committee for three years before joining the council and says the past nine months on the board have taught him a lot about how the committee works.
“It was great getting to know the people at Ward 2 and it really showed me how great a place Quincy can call home,” said Andronico. “I am running for a full term to ensure that some of the opportunities Quincy has offered my family over the past 100 years will continue for the next generation. We still have some work to do to get there, but if we all work together I believe we can make sure Quincy stays as great as it always has been. “
Keeping Quincy affordable, advocating for the Quincy Point and Penn’s Hill neighborhoods, and ensuring public opinion in town hall are Andronico’s top priorities, he said. Early on his tenure on the local council, he launched a website where residents can submit complaints, fill out surveys on issues that matter to them, and sign up for Ward 2’s newsletter.
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Perdios is the father of two girls in the Quincy public school system. He is a 15-year-old volunteer at St. Joseph’s Parsonage, acting treasurer of Friends of Souther Tide Mill, a founding member of the recently formed Friends of Faxon Park, and has volunteered with parent-teacher organizations at Marshall Elementary School and Point Webster Middle School engaged.
In the event of an election, Perdios also said constituent services were “top priority” and said he was required to return residents’ phone calls within 24 hours. He said he would “immerse themselves in their situation and help them with any problem they encounter”.
Curbing residential development – a hot topic in the city – is something Perdios would focus on if chosen. He said he wanted to see zone changes that would block such projects in the first place.
“This is a big problem for a lot of people. People almost everywhere are tired of seeing single-family houses, two-family houses, three-family houses demolished and replaced by 15 units, ”he said. “People are tired of just throwing their hands in the air – we need special zoning that can stop this.”
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Andronico said he wasn’t against development as a concept. He said recent changes in the downtown area have turned the area back into a vibrant, desirable place to live and play for families and young adults, but added that such a development is driving up property taxes and the cost of living across the city and longtime residents force hard decisions about whether to stay.
He said he wanted a home tax exemption, which would allow homes to cut property taxes by up to 35 percent.
“We want to make sure that the people who grew up here can still afford a home in the city and that people who have always lived here can afford to stay,” he said. “We don’t want people who don’t live here, people who have a second or third residence, those who have always been here to take valuable space or want to make Quincy their permanent home.”
Both Perdios and Andronico said they would continue to support an idea by Croall to convert the Fore River Clubhouse on Nevada Road into a satellite senior citizen center. Andronico said a lack of investment like this in the Quincy Point and Penn’s Hill areas is an issue of concern to local residents.
“People say, ‘I don’t see the investments in my streets, Faxon Park, Fore River Clubhouse that other parts of town see,” Andronico said. “I think it’s really just about having a city council that pledges to fight for the voters in town hall.”
Perdios said speeding up road works in the city was also high on his priority list.
“The city needs to do a better job and move faster to improve these roads,” he said. Some of these roads were laid out in the 1960s and it is simply unacceptable not to have a plan to replace them all. The city has a budget of $ 350 million a year – we’ll find the money. We have to do it, it’s not optional. ”
In the citywide election in Quincy on November 2nd, there will be races for the city council and for the representatives in Districts 1, 2 and 5. Three seats on the school committee are also available. The early vote will take place from Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October. The last day to register for the vote is October 13th.
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