Lantigua Weighs in on D’Agostino in Methuen, Tries to Sink His Chances for Solicitor Job

William Lantigua
William Lantigua

By: Tom Duggan – March 29, 2013

Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua has written a scathing letter to members of the Methuen City Councilor in an effort to sink Attorney Richard D’Agostino’s chances to become the next Methuen City Solicitor. 

D’Agostino was fired by Lantigua the day he returned to work after being out on medical leave. D’Agostino says that he was fired for not “going along with the cabal” and standing up to a corrupt Lantigua, whom he says routinely tried to get him to do things that were improper. 

The Department of Industrial Accidents ruled that D’Agostino was indeed injured at work and ordered Lantigua to pay him all the money he was due. 

But Lantigua’s letter to the Methuen City Council states that D’Agostino was not fired, but that he refused to return to work or inform the city that he would be returning to work. 

“Contrary to his assertions, Attorney Richard D’Agostino was never fired by the City,” Lantigua’s letter to the Methuen City Council states. “Instead, D’Agostino settled his claims with Lawrence, and both parties went their separate ways. Attorney D’Agostino has, however, inconsistent with the facts, publicly misrepresented that he was fired by Lawrence on April 25, 2012, the very same date that his lump sum settlement agreement was approved and he was paid.”

Mayor Lantigua with City Attorney Charlie Boddy (l) and Richard D'Agostino (right)

D’Agositno says that the Lantigua letter is a “lie” and he is not surprised that Lantigua is now actively trying to stop him from being hired in Methuen. 

“It’ unbelievable. He fired me in Lawrence now he is trying to stop me from getting hired in Methuen. He has no credibility. This guy hasn’t been able to tell the truth since he became mayor,” D’Agostino told the Valley Patriot in an exclusive interview in response to the mayor’s letter.

“I will do my talking in court. I am not going to answer every bogus statement in that letter but there will come a time when I will. I will say this, he says he is coming clean now about me? There are three criminal investigations against this guy, I think they would appreciate him coming clean about his actions in Lawrence City Hall.” 

“I will say that it is illegal to tie a worker’s compensation settlement to a termination or use it to negotiate someone not coming back to work. So, even if Mayor Lantigua was telling the truth in this letter, which he isn’t, that action would be highly illegal and actionable,” D’Agostino concluded. 

Richard D'AgostinoIn his letter to the Methuen City Council, Lantigua goes on to address D’Agostino’s claim that Lantigua is “corrupt”.

“Contrary to his statements, there is no evidence whatsoever that he was fired. Out of decorum, I shall not address his other claims that he “was fired by a corrupt mayor” or “spoke truth to the devil”, or “took a stand against corruption” or “Worked under a reign of terror.” I shall suffice it to say that these assertions are as meritless as his claim of being fired. Attorney D’Agostino has not elaborated beyond these catch phrases and sound bites because they simply have no basis in fact. Moreover, contrary to his statements, Attorney D’Agostino was never barred from consulting with me.” 

Lantigua says he will be following up with by filing a formal public records request for all documents pertaining to his seeking employment in Methuen “because Attorney D’Agostino chose to extend his inaccuracies and misrepresentations.”

LANTIGUA’S FULL LETTER>>> D’Agostino3.29.13

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17 Responses to "Lantigua Weighs in on D’Agostino in Methuen, Tries to Sink His Chances for Solicitor Job"

  1. Jack Roy   March 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    The plot thickens…As the swill turns….

  2. Kathy Runge   March 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    That's rich, Willy filling a public records request.

    • Rich Russell   March 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      May he be fortunate enough to run across some one that has the same philosophy as he does on Public Records Requests. Tom Duggan can appreciate the humor here!

    • Rich Russell   March 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      If I was Tom Duggan and the Valley Patriot, I would file a discrimination complaint against Willie. Willie mentions D'Agostino talking with the ET but doesn't mention D'Agostino talking with the VP.

  3. Domingo Melendez   March 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    No Comment!

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  5. Valiente   March 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I “SAW” that; LAWRENCE POLICE INTERVENED… Friday morning 12:45 am. VISITED / BAR Rock Club on Broadway st. & Lowell St.
    “$tripper$’…Travel all the away from “Rhode Island, for the Right Price” at Willies Bars & Clubs… as he calls them!

    They say that theres usually over six Bars-Clubs in Lawrence any given Tuesday-Thursday night, operating Clandestine illegal activity, from whats being reported… W. Lantigua buisy that night at Balis Bar till closing…too much to drink, couldn’t drive his own auto. He had argument outside Balis w/ patrons, they of course did NOT call PD. to attract attention to 59 Essex St. Location that in 4 years does not get penalized for verbal-physical altercations,by ABCC Boston -or Lawrence Alcohol LiScencing BOARD lol. what a joke of City Hall Circus ring… Buy tickets 3rd floor corner Office + Bodegas near your local Neighborhood Block.
    Im w/ Attorney D’ Agostino on LANTIGUA is CORRUPT… he is not t5he only one in City Councilors… I feel terrible that Marc La Plante has to delegate and maintain being civil w/ such hipocriets as Dan Rivera, Frank Moran, Oneida Aquino… I wonder if Financial Campaign Contributions will take a dive, now w/ Lawrence & State / IRS Feds looking into Concerts moneis of Silent Partners investing at Centro Club-Malayas Etc.

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  7. Antonio Avanti   March 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    God BLESS Lawrencians and Happy Easter; may you find a civil solution to the chaotic regimen, Politiacal situation your all exposed to live with, we pray that you blessed with health better vision, better safer days in near future. Love all. Avanti 2014

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  9. Koolaidmum Mum   March 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    This is how well Willie's "CONTROL OF EVERYTHING" is turning out? LOL.

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