LAWRENCE SEmD Announcing he lives at 86 Boxford St. could cost Mayor William Lantigua $35.
Just after midnight Friday morning, Lantigua was issued a citation by police for "failure to report an address change" to the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles.
His registration still lists his address as 61 Oak St. State law requires drivers who moves to change their address with the RMV within 30 days, police said.
For the past four years, Lantigua used the 61 Oak St. address when he voted. However, the mayor listed 86 Boxford St. as his legal address on his mother's death certificate last May.
Officer Carl Farrington wrote out the citation to Lantigua when he saw the mayor's white, 2002 Chevy Avalanche, with the license plate "MAYOR," parked at 77 Essex St., according to a copy of the citation.
Farrington, who declined comment for this story, checked off a box indicating the citation was mailed to Lantigua.
It was unclear yesterday if Lantigua had received the citation. He did not return a message seeking comment.
Police Chief John Romero said he wasn't aware of the citation "until after it was issued." Officers are not required to file reports or note in the daily police log when citations are issued, he said.
Romero had no other comment on the citation.
The Police Department and Lantigua have had a rocky relationship since he took office on Jan. 4, 2010. Last July, after Lantigua and the police unions could not come to an agreement on cost-saving concessions, 24 police officers were laid off.
In December, Lantigua told unionized officers the city would no longer pay for their attorney's fees, but only $5,000 retainers as specified in contracts. He pointed to some $1.2 million in legal bills officers racked up in the past several years. Police filed a complaint with the state's Division of Labor Relations.
This spring, in comments made on Spanish-language radio, Lantigua accused the officers of being lazy and contributing to a spike in auto thefts. He also said he feared they might plant evidence in his car and arrest him. He later apologized publicly for the remarks.
Lantigua's address has been challenged since his days as state representative, when then political foe Marcos Devers accused Lantigua of living out of his district. After he was elected mayor, Lantigua repeatedly listed his address as 200 Common St. — Lawrence City Hall.
But, on May 3, in his State of the City address, Lantigua said his address was 86 Boxford St., a condominium he shares with his girlfriend Lorenza Ortega.
Last week, the Eagle-Tribune revealed that although Ortega and Lantigua have a combined income of $145,000, she received up to $1,165 in federal heat subsidy payments this winter. Lantigua again apologized and said Ortega would return whatever assistance she received.
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