EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

August 21, 2013

Lantigua nominates 27 to agencies

LAWRENCE — Mayor William Lantigua is nominating 27 people to nine city boards and commissions, including several that have been shut by vacancies or are hanging onto their quorums only because members whose terms have expired are continuing to serve.

The list of nominees suggests Lantigua wants to steer the agencies in new directions and with new leadership: of the 27 nominees, just seven are incumbents.

Planning Board Chairman Norman Nimmo, who has continued serving since his term expired two years ago, is not among the five nominations Lantigua made to the five-member board.

Nimmo could not be reached yesterday to determine if he asked to be reappointed.

Lantigua’s search for nominees sometimes ended where it began: at City Hall. His nominees include:

Vinicio Frometa, Lantigua’s receptionist, whom Lantigua nominated to the Airport Commission;

Lydia Bonilla, the wife of Deputy Police Chief Melix Bonilla, who has been on paid leave since he was indicted on corruption charges in September. Lantigua nominated her to the Housing Authority.

Joanna Infante, a secretary in the Planning Department. Lantigua nominated her to the Cultural Council;

Giovanni Bonet, son of Personnel Director Frank Bonet. Lantigua nominated him to the Airport Commission;

Patrick Driscoll, president of the Lawrence firefighters union. Lantigua nominated him to the Housing Authority, on which Driscoll has served before.

Not on the list is Mayra Lantigua, the mayor’s former wife, who chairs the Licensing Board even though her term expired six years ago.

State law allows members of local boards and commissions whose terms have expired to continue serving until they are reappointed or replaced, so Lantigua need not submit her name to the City Council to allow her to continue serving. Several councilors have said they would oppose reappointing her because of what they allege is a conflict of interest.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Photos of the Week