By Keith Eddings
---- — LAWRENCE — Mayor William Lantigua will deliver his annual State of the City Address to the City Council tonight, when he will outline his accomplishments over the last year and describe his goals for the next.
Among Lantigua’s upcoming challenges will be his re-election. He announced he would seek a second four-year term on Dec. 28 in a speech to about 100 supporters at a downtown nightclub, when he said the proudest accomplishment of his first term was balancing three city budgets. The city had a $6.6 million surplus in its last fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Lantigua’s last State-of-the City speech, on Feb. 28, 2012, was subdued, often off-the cuff and promised few broad initiatives, as might be expected from a mayor of a poor city with few resources at his command.
He said he would pave more streets – including his own, which he did. He lives on Boxford Street. He also promised to reopen firehouses and reduce crime. The Prospect Hill firehouse reopened last year, on Feb. 7, three weeks before the speech.
Also last year, Lantigua survived two recall attempts.
Tonight’s speech is scheduled for 7 p.m.
— Keith Eddings