Reforms Sorely Needed at the Sex Offender Registry Board ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Reforms Sorely Needed at the Sex Offender Registry Board ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

By: Massachusetts State Auditor Diana DiZoglio – Nov. 2023 Hello Valley Patriot readers, Serving as Massachusetts State Auditor doesn’t just mean reviewing finances. A big part of my role, as I often speak about with folks across the state, is reviewing the performance and efficacy of the Commonwealth’s agencies and entities. A great example of […]

Gaps in Testing Represent Weaknesses in Cannabis Control Commission ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Gaps in Testing Represent Weaknesses in Cannabis Control Commission ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

10-23 At the end of September, my office released an audit of the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), diving into a commission that has the responsibility to build up oversight over a nascent industry. As this industry has evolved, so too has the CCC. This most recent audit specifically honed in on whether the CCC is […]

Wood Drops Out of Haverhill Mayor’s Race

Wood Drops Out of Haverhill Mayor’s Race

9-18-23 Haverhill School Committeeman Scott Wood has called an end to his campaign for mayor today saying that staying in the race at this point will only “escalate the negativity, divisive rhetoric, and false allegations that have marred our campaign.” Here is Wood’s Full Statement: After a hard-fought campaign filled with challenges and divisive tactics, […]

Who’s Stalling Public Records Release in Dracut? ~ EYE ON DRACUT!

Who’s Stalling Public Records Release in Dracut? ~ EYE ON DRACUT!

By Brian Genest Valley Patriot DRACUT COLUMNIST The clock is ticking and the legal bills are piling up at Dracut Town Hall over a request for public records about Tony Archinski. In addition to already being a far-too-expensive and far-too-lengthy process, it’s also incredibly suspicious, based on the circumstances. If justice delayed is justice denied, […]

Harrington Illegally Charging Flat Fees in Salisbury for Sewer Use

Harrington Illegally Charging Flat Fees in Salisbury for Sewer Use

Also Illegally using Sewer Funds for Construction On November 2, 2022, the Newburyport Daily News reported that the new Lafayette Road Sewer Project had an initial estimated cost of $18.5 million and quoted Town Manager Neil Harrington as saying: “The project is completely funded through the town’s sewer enterprise fund and that following the project’s […]

Methuen Taxpayers Should Be Angry Over Gallant Decision ~ PAYING ATTENTION! with TOM DUGGAN

Methuen Taxpayers Should Be Angry Over Gallant Decision ~ PAYING ATTENTION! with TOM DUGGAN

08/23 Just minutes after posting the story on-line about Methuen Police Captain Greg Gallant (story here) winning his Civil Service case against the City of Methuen for wrongful termination, the hate mail started pouring in. People were outraged, they were confused, and they were hostile. How could this be, many asked. How did Gallant get […]

Haverhill City Council Admits Violating Open Meeting Law ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (8-23)

Haverhill City Council Admits Violating Open Meeting Law ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (8-23)

On June 17th, the Haverhill City Council violated the state’s open meeting law by secretly discussing, drafting, finalizing, signing, and circulating a letter declaring that racism is BAD – as if we are all so stupid that we really needed them to tell us that. What this was really about, was the city council capitalizing […]

Methuen Captain Greg Gallant Wins Civil Service Case – City Ordered to Give Back Pay

Methuen Captain Greg Gallant Wins Civil Service Case – City Ordered to Give Back Pay

Aug. 4, 2023 [updated]  The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has ruled that fired Methuen police Captain Greg Gallant must be returned to duty and given three years back pay after being illegally fired by Methuen Mayor Neil Perry. FULL RULING HERE Gallant v. Methuen, CS-22-388  Gallant was officially fired on June 9, 2022 after being put […]

Woke World Blues

Woke World Blues

By: Ken Willette – 7/23 The followers of Woke World have experienced major setbacks lately, which demonstrate the limits of their influence in 2023 mainstream America. Anheuser-Busch (AB), Disney and Target have collectively lost almost $100 billion in revenue over woke antics since 2022. The battles between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney executives are […]

Indivisible in Dracut

Indivisible in Dracut

Philippe Thibault – 7.23 “All politics is local” is most strongly associated with former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill. There would still be national issues that would spark conversation at the local coffee shop and diner. These were discussions between friends and colleagues that may not agree politically but were bound by […]

Lawrence Domestic Violence Coordinator Lynette Perez Under Investigation for “Non-Profit” Sleight of Hand

Lawrence Domestic Violence Coordinator Lynette Perez Under Investigation for “Non-Profit”  Sleight of Hand

7/24/23 The Domestic Violence coordinator for The City of Lawrence Police Department is under investigation by the city for filing an application for a $50,000 federal grant (through the city) for a non-profit she created, called “My Lifeline, Inc.”. Belgica (Lynette) Perez represented false information on her application to the state, city, and federal government […]

MassHealth Spent Nearly $85M on Out-of-State Residents ~ IN YOUR CORNER with STATE AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

MassHealth Spent Nearly $85M on Out-of-State Residents ~ IN YOUR CORNER with STATE AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Our office has been very busy releasing several audit reports before the end of the fiscal year, while also focusing on approximately 64 ongoing audits. Most recently, we released an audit of MassHealth, as part of our ongoing independent statutory oversight of the state’s Medicaid program. I want to highlight this […]

Wood: Haverhill Chief Threatened Me With Release of Fake Document

Wood: Haverhill Chief Threatened Me With Release of Fake Document

7/23 Last month a media story appeared on-line accusing Haverhill School Committeeman Scott Wood, now a candidate for mayor, (and a current Haverhill Police Officer) of using the “N” word in an electronic message 20 years ago. The allegation stems from an unconfirmed report when Wood initially applied to the police department back in 2013. […]

Justices Rule Home Equity Theft Unconstitutional – Will Have Local Implications

Justices Rule Home Equity Theft Unconstitutional – Will Have Local Implications

Joyce and Gracemarie Tomaselli,  6-23 Last month the U.S. Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that home equity theft by government entities is unconstitutional, securing an individual’s right to just compensation when their property is confiscated and sold in a tax foreclosure. “This decision affirms that property rights are fundamental and don’t depend solely on state […]