Ryan O’Malley

Biography & Background Experience

  • Education: Bachelor of Arts in Classics (College of the Holy Cross) 2009; Project Management (Loyola University of Chicago – Graduate School of Business) 2012.
  • Current EmploymentCity Councillor for Ward 4 since January 2016; previously worked for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), EXIT Realty Corp. International, and was a Park Ranger for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (LinkedIn)
  • Committees: Community Forestry Program Advisory; Finance Committee; Public Property; Public Safety (City of Malden)
  • Endorsed byLGBTQ Victory Fund
  • Personal Statement“We are seeing the rapid revitalization of Malden Center, the rebirth of our artist community, and a renewed interest in our local government. Each and every member of the Malden community has helped us achieve what we have been waiting so long for – the Golden Age of Malden” (FB 5/10/19).

Policies & Experiences

  • Biggest issues: Improving water and gas pipes; Transparency in government; Civic engagement; Affordable housing (FB 5/10/19).
  • Motivation for running“Whether it is rooting out decades of entrenched corruption, or advocating for the proactive replacement of century old gas mains and water pipes, I am prepared to get my hands dirty for the betterment of Malden” (FB 5/10/19)

  • Citizens
    • Diversity: “I will continue to fight for just and common sense policies that help make Malden truly welcoming to all people regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or ability” (WL 6/5/17).
    • Disabled: “Ryan applied for funding through the Community Development Block Grant to build an ADA accessible pathway into Coytemore Lea Park, which is now complete” (WL 6/5/17).
    • LGBTQ: “Ryan’s commitment to smart public policy that addresses the real concerns of his constituents makes him the best candidate to represent Ward Four on the City Council. When he wins in November, Ryan will continue to be a vital LGBTQ voice striving to better his community” (FB 10/11/19). Mr. O’Malley supported Yes on 3 (FB 11/1/18).

  • Civic engagement
    • Governmental Transparency: Mr. O’Malley supports hiring a staff person to handle public records requests. “[Our public records] are, or should be, the most accurate records of history we have. Journalistic review of this information is vital to the success of our representative democracy form of government (Quality 2019).
    • Live Streaming Meetings: “Through the help of citizen journalists, we have been able to document more public meetings than ever before … we should make it at priority to fully utilize Granicus, the tool we already pay for, to record and document all of our public meetings” (Quality 2019).
    • Public Comment: “As the Chair of the Rules and Ordinance Committee, Ryan worked closely with then Council President Debbie DeMaria to create the first-ever public comment period at City Council meetings” (FB 5/10/19) “The more we can hear from our constituents, the better” (WL 9/27/17).
    • Public Records and Open Meeting Laws: “While I may not have been the first to take issue with the way the City Council was handling executive session meeting records, I am determined to be the last … Malden City Council has moved towards developing a set of standard operating procedures for the timely review, approval, and release of executive session meeting minutes and records. Something that has languished for over three years has seen rapid action in just three business days” (WL 1/31/19).

  • Infrastructure
    • Affordable Housing: “[The City Hall project] is a good example of using redevelopment to get community benefits like a new city hall, police station, and the re-connection of Pleasant Street” (Quality 2019). “An Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance requiring a portion of moderate and affordable housing units in future residential developments would help protect seniors and long-term Maldonians” (Quality 2017).
    • Cannabis: Mr. O’Malley proposed that “the city to direct all tax revenues raised through recreational marijuana toward replacing lead pipes and revamping its pay-as-you-throw trash program … But [then Ward 6 Councillor Neil Kinnon] and other councilors argued that O’Malley’s proposal was out of order because, under the state law, these revenues would be required to go into a city’s general fund” (WL 5/10/17).
    • CFO/Treasurer: Voted in favor of Jonathan Davis for Malden Treasurer/CFO  (WL 11/15/17).
    • Future Development: “We as a community need to hold developers to a higher standard when it comes to mitigation improvements to the surrounding areas directly impacted by development. Proper road, water and sewer infrastructure improvements must be required when projects are being reviewed by the City Council and Planning Board” (WL 6/5/17).
    • Gas pipes: “O’Malley’s concerns, which date back to the 2016 manhole explosions, grew more urgent over the summer with the National Grid lockout. He has repeatedly criticized the international corporation for putting the profits of shareholders ahead of the safety of ratepayers” (MA 12/13/18).
    • Lead pipes: “O’Malley explained that although the water here is not Flint-level dangerous, Malden has failed Department of Environmental Protection reviews two dozen times, while the city has been sanctioned by MassDEP three times” (DB 5/15/17). “In 2017, there was a significant change in how the City of Malden handled the replacement of lead pipes throughout the city. In the end, 173 lead pipes were removed, which exceeded the required number of 150” (FB 1/16/18).
    • Signs: Mr. O’Malley fought hard to get the City’s Sign Design Review Committee to approve of a colorful wood carving with Chinese lettering for Ming’s Seafood Restaurant (WL 1/17/17). The Board of Appeal granted a variance to the restaurant (FB 9/19/18).
    • Unions: “Whether it is striking workers at Stop & Shop or locked out gas workers at National Grid, I am proud to stand with my union brothers and sisters” (FB 9/2/19).

  • Public Spaces
    • Art: “Since 2016 we have embarked on Malden’s largest ever public art campaign – the ARTLine … We have also seen the birth of the Malden Pops Up: Local Artist Marketplace and The Gallery in Malden” (FB 3/7/19).
    • Coytemore Lea Park: “In 2016, a sensory garden was installed by a collaboration with Partnership for Community Schools, and in 2017 a new pathway made the park accessible to all users. This year new light poles will be installed to ensure public safety and accessibility” (FB 5/10/19).
    • Environment: Mr. O’Malley represented Malden at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Atlanta (FB 3/13/19). He is the Chair and founder of the “City Council’s Community Forestry Program Advisory Committee, which is tasked with drafting an updated plan to increase the tree canopy of Malden” which would help reduce air pollution and energy consumption for air-conditioning” (FB 5/10/19).
    • Malden Hospital: Mr. O’Malley supports a commercial office park with a requirement “that a significant portion of the site be dedicated to a privately owned and managed park that is open to the public, similar to the waterfront park at the Encore” (Quality 2019).
    • Malden River: “As part of this economic revitalization, it is crucial that we protect the public’s right to access the Malden River and its banks for recreation and passive enjoyment” (Quality 2019).
    • Spot Pond Brook Greenway: Through Mr. O’Malley’s advocacy, Malden was “awarded a $153,056 MassTrails Grant to pay for the design, engineering, and permitting of the Spot Pond Brook Greenway, a proposed multi-use path alongside Oak Grove station” (SPBG).
    • Trees “I believe that we should have a dedicated Tree Warden to advocate for and plan the strategic growth of Malden’s tree stock.” (Quality 2019).

  • Transit issues
    • Traffic Congestion: “What we can do is invest in public transit, pedestrian, cycling, and roadway infrastructure improvements in order to encourage other modes of travel which in turn will reduce automobile congestion. Our aging traffic signals also need to be replaced in order to handle cars and pedestrians in a more coordinated fashion” (Quality 2019).
    • Sidewalks“As part of the natural gas main replacement on Main Street, the road will be entirely resurfaced … All sidewalks will be brought up to code to meet ADA requirements and all lead pipes have been removed as part of the holistic infrastructure improvement project” (FB 5/10/19)

For More Information

  • Questionnaires & Debates
    • Answers to Quality of Life questions in 2019.
    • Answers to Quality of Life questions in 2017.
  • Articles, etc:
    • “Lead Pipes: The Cost of Kicking the Can Down the Road” by Ryan O’Malley (PHP 6/30/17).
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