Jerry Leone

Biography & Background Experience

  • Education: Maplewood School; Malden Middle; Malden High School; Bunker Hill Community College (History and Government).
  • Military: “From 2002 up until 2008, I enlisted into the United States Air Force Reserves, in which I served in the Security Forces. My primary base was the 439th Squadron, located in Chicopee, Massachusetts” (Home).
  • Current Employment: Purchasing Department for Four Seasons Hotel (Boston).
  • Prior Government Work: Represented Ward 6 on the School Committee (2014-18) serving on the following committees: Safety and public facilities (Chair); Policy and procedures (Co Chair); and Budget (member).

Policies & Experiences

  • Biggest issues: affordable housing for seniors & veterans; increased commercial businesses; public safety.
  • Motivation for running: “I love Malden and want to give back to my city and that’s Why I am running and want to advocate the true issues” (FB 3/11/19). 

  • Citizens

    • Cultural Diversity: “In Malden, we’re very fortunate to have a lot of cultures in the city. It’s probably I think either one or two in the entire state. Very multicultural. We need to encourage different cultures to embrace each other … A lot of cultures have like fairs and cultural nights where they cook food and they have people, you know, learn about each other’s cultures. Sometimes that’s lacking in the city but if elected, I will assure that I will support that (Cal Forum 10/10/19).
    • Culture Fests: Mr. Leone believes that as Malden has “different cultures and about 65 different languages spoken, not all those cultures are represented in restaurants and I know Malden has cultural fairs, [however] I’d like to see a bigger festival and if elected would support an annual 1-week event. The reason I say week is because we can have all these cultures represented, for example start on a Monday and have maybe 7 languages and their cultures represented and do this the rest of the week, with 7 different per day and encourage different cultures to partake” (Email 10/14/19).
    • Hate Crimes: “People coming into the city, they need to feel welcome and safe. You know, we hear that in different cities around the country that there’s different hate crimes that shouldn’t happen anywhere and I’m a fighter against that and I will support you know the different multicultural societies in the city” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).

  • Civic engagement

    • Attendance at Meetings: “Well the council currently has open forum for citizens, send out notices or robocalls, many of the meetings are too long” (MVQ).
    • Governmental Transparency: Mr. Leone would support to have Committee of the Whole, Subcommittee and License Board meetings live streamed and archived for the public. He also thinks that all increases to water rates and other annual fees should “be reviewed annually on TV with prior notice. Further all the Chapter 90 money the Mayor receives and how it is spent would be reviewed each year to ensure the public is aware” (NV 9/24/19).
    • Public Comment: Mr. Leone supports public comment (MVQ).
    • Term Limits: Mr. Leone supports term limits (Forum 8/27/19).
    • Voter Turnout: “Our elected officials need to be transparent, we need meetings shown on tv, have registration drives periodically, make it clear that if you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice or can’t make changes etc” (MVQ).

  • Infrastructure

    • Affordable Housing “Any new apartment complex that comes in should be for seniors and veterans. We have too many surrounding towns and cities that have more money than Malden who aren’t taking their fair share and we have a commuter rail that goes right through these cities and towns so I’m only going to support that for our seniors and veterans” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).
    • Cannabis: “The dispensaries are on their way and if the revenue stream is great then it should be encouraged, if the revenue goes into the general fund then it should go paying for things that would help the citizens of Malden, maybe take the revenue and buy barrels for every household” (MVQ).
    • Developments: “The addition of many apartment buildings has had a noticeable effect on local traffic and the crowding of school classrooms” (FB 1/27/19).
    • Environment: “I haven’t really seen anything, to be honest, that the city’s doing. I think the city should be pushing for solar energy … I personally, and this may be unpopular with a lot of people in the room, I don’t believe in global warming … I just think that it’s just evolution and Malden should just do things and that’s gonna save money, so we should go to solar energy” (Forum 8/27/19).
    • Health & Safety: “When I was on the school committee I pushed for health teachers in all the schools. One of my colleagues started FAD (Families Against Drugs) where we were educating students and parents against drugs at an early age … Why can’t we have a rehab center in Malden?” (Forum 8/27/19).
    • Housing Development: Mr. Leone opposed recent City Council decisions for more housing developments “and voting to raise the height limits for buildings” (MVQ).
    • Lead pipes: Having safe roads, clean water and replacing our lead pipes should be one of this city’s top priorities and the prioritizing of money for the budget should be maintained to deal with these issues” (MVQ).
    • Opioid Crisis“We need more funding. I will work with law enforcement, groups and people that feel the same way. On the council, I will fight for funding” (Issues).
    • Tax Revenue: “I want more commercial business to come into the city, we need more business and no more apartments” (MVQ). “Why can’t Malden have an Assembly Row?” (Forum 8/27/19).
    • Waste & Recycling: “We should implement a greener strategy by using barrels city-wide, as other adjacent cities and towns do” (FB 1/27/19).

  • Public Spaces

    • Malden Hospital: “I will pursue the acquisition of Malden Hospital with a combination of the CPA funds, private funds and put the question to the voters of the city once again if they want the city to allow housing development on the hill. The voters overwhelmingly supported the City to attempt to acquire it but nothing of the sort happened in fact” (NV 10/1/19).
    • Malden River: “Make access available by providing a walk way (or boardwalk) to the river, have available parking, picnic tables, grills and benches” (NV 10/1/19).
    • Roosevelt Park: “I prefer natural grass. I grew up playing sports on natural turf. I do understand that with natural turf there is a lot more maintenance and upkeep involved, also I do know it can cause major puddle issues and game delay etc. I think the city can use that money for better uses, but those are just my opinions” (MNN 5/29/19).
    • Table Tennis: “I support Table Tennis and will support it if elected to the council and will work with [Senior Center Director] Karen Hayes to try to get more of it … maybe a few days a week because … we have different other cultures also as well, so they may want to do, you know, their own thing and – everyone should be encouraged to play each other’s sport so I will support it” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).

  • Schools

    • Budget Priorities: “As a former Ward 6 School Committee Representative, I know the importance of making sure all schools are well funded. I feel that our current class room sizes are above capacity. I feel that the main focus should not be in constructing more apartment buildings, but have a discussion to someday fund another public school. This topic can happen if we begin attracting commercial businesses” (Issues).
    • Curriculum: As a School Committee member, Mr. Leone voted against implementing PARCC testing and Common Core (WL 5/1/15).
    • Custodial Staff: Mr. Leone opposed “outsourcing the school custodians’ jobs to a low wage, out-of-town, nonunion company” (Patch 5/20/14).
    • Diverse Staffing: “There have been reports that the facility in our schools do not reflect the student diversity. There was no issue brought up about this during my time on the school committee, we can’t just give people jobs and say here, just teach but people of color or other races should be encouraged to get into the teaching field. I was one of the people who supported the first interim black superintendent” (MVQ).
    • Student Opportunity Act: “I served on the Budget Committee on the School Committee when I was on and I fought for health teachers because Catherine Bordonaro started a program F.A.D. – Families Against Drugs. Children at a young age need to learn how drugs and alcohol are no good basically and we need more programs, so I fought I tried to fight for more health teachers but there wasn’t money in the budget. So I hope that, you know, I would fight on the council to allocate money for that” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).
    • Students & Transit: “I was the chair of the [School Committee’s] Public Safety Subcommittee and I was a police officer in the Air Force ,so that’s priority to me, Public Safety. I think the School Committee and members of the City Council should form a joint subcommittee to allocate money and to do whatever they can to support the children, parents in the school system” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).

  • Transit issues

    • Bikes: Mr. Leone does not support bike lanes. “Traffic is already bad enough in Malden and now with the casino in Everett its worse” (FB 6/25/19).
    • Bike Path: “A lot of the things I heard from parents even when I was on the School Committee that the bike path at nighttime isn’t safe so we need to improve the quality of, you know, more lighting and maybe have police officers who will, you know, walk through some times because there’s areas on that path where obviously you can’t drive because it’s being blocked by these big stones” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).
    • Parking: Mr. Leone opposes “parking meters in squares that hold businesses”, and supports “residential parking only mon-fri … and we need more parking lots” (MVQ).
    • Pedestrian Safety: “One of my top priorities will be pedestrian safety and public safety … I do support better timing of the lights I know throughout the city, they have to be obviously timed better but it doesn’t stop there. Even in the winter time and sidewalks there are residents who don’t shovel and it’s hard for not only seniors but anybody they have to walk you know if they’re in a wheelchair and in the street and that’s that creates a problem” (Cal Forum 10/10/19).
    • Roads: “I don’t support bumpouts or bike lanes so that’s something I will fight against (Cal Forum 10/10/19).

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