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September 25, 2012

Coco to fill vacated seat on License Commission


Police said the establishment has a reputation for being an “easy” place for teenagers to buy alcohol.

In light of their opposing positions, Edwards and Sewell had agreed to postpone the Bradford Shell matter pending Fiorentini's appointment of a new member to fill Sullivan's vacant seat.

Coco was seeking the Democratic nomination for the open 1st Essex state Senate seat but in a primary election earlier this month he lost to Newburyport City Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives, who also beat Methuen Mayor William Manzi.

Coco said Haverhill voters overwhelmingly voted for him and that following his loss in the primary he met with Fiorentini in hopes of serving the city and the public in some official capacity.

"He mentioned the license commission and other boards that might make sense," Coco said. "I told him I'd do anything to help the city."

Coco said the mayor contacted him late last week with the offer to fill Sullivan's seat on the License Commission.

Coco said Bradford Shell was added to today's meeting agenda contingent on his attending. Coco said City Solicitor William Cox gave him a copy of the state ruling to read last night in preparation for today's meeting.

"I want to hear what the license commission members have to say, and then hear any testimony that might be presented," Coco said. "If there is, that will be a factor in my decision."

When the City Council meets tonight it is expected to review the "non-confirming" appointments of Coco to the License Commission and Mark Lemay of Bradford to the Mayor's Downtown and Waterfront Master Planning Commission.

The council will also review the "confirming" appointment of former City Councilor Krystine Hetel to the city's Planning Board, which she also previously served on. Lemay, communications manager for the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, works for Coco filling in for the morning news on WHAV.net. Lemay is a former news director for WCCM. Lemay said he planned to attend his first meeting of the Mayor's committee this morning and that he expects his duties will include helping to promote the downtown.

Hetel formerly served on the city's Planning Board and also on the City Council. Hetel, a local real estate investor, said she is looking forward to serving on the Planning Board again. "I was on the Planning Board when we voted to rezone vacant mill buildings from industrial to a mixed use to allow residential, and as a result we have all this new housing stock and new vibrant neighborhoods," she said.

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