Everywhere you go you see the results of the vision, strong leadership and political courage that Ray Wieczorek constantly brings to the political arena. When the nay-saying prophets of doom railed against the cost of building the Verizon Wireless Arena, Ray swung into action and pushed the project forward even though his political courage might have cost him reelection as Mayor. The Manchester Monarchs lead the American Hockey League in attendance. Our kids see the Ringling Brothers Circus and Wiggles and big name bands such as Elton John, Aerosmith, Cher, and NeilDiamond jam the Verizon Center constantly. Best of all, the bonds necessary to build the project are being paid off at an accelerated pace. The arena has been a moneymaker. In 2005, net operating income was $2.32 million and it was $2.3 million in 2004, according to independent audits provided to the City. The successful cash flow of the arena has let the City pre-pay the bank debt that was used to finance the arena— $1 million 266 thousand dollars in prepayments have already been made.
When federal bureaucrats required Manchester keep the then-nearly-vacant Millyard zoned industrial, Ray Wieczorek met with the owners of properties in the Millyard and led the fight to rezone the area. You know what happened. You used to be able to go down Commercial Street at 90 miles per hour and today you can’t find a parking place. The Millyard is full of thousands of good, high-paying jobs.
When the feds closed five banks in one day in the Queen City, Elm Streetwas full of vacant stores and offices. Ray Wieczorek’s strong leadership reversed that trend. Today, the only campaign space we could rent was on the fourth floor.
Many remember the tiny tower and dinky terminal at the old Grenier Field,where you collected your luggage through a hole in the wall. It was Ray Wieczorek who wanted to make Manchester an aviation destination city and fought to get the state legislature and governor to agree to guarantee bonds for an expanded terminal--Thus, creating the biggest economic development project in the history of the state.
As a direct result of Ray Wieczorek’s vision, strong leadership and political courage, Manchester not only became a destination city, but the Manchester-BostonRegional Airport is one of the fastest growing in America. The total economic impact of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is $1 billion dollars, and it’s projected to rise to 1.5 billion by 2015. These businesses and visitors generated an estimated 4,200 jobs, with a payroll of $109 million dollars. Manchester, Londonderry, and the rest of New Hampshire share in these economic benefits.
“Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek does a great job on the council and deserves the voters support in November. Councilor Wieczorek is the least favorite councilor of state bureaucrats who don’t bother getting the best price for the taxpayers when awarding state contracts,” declared the Manchester Union Leader.
Governor John Lynch acknowledged, “Wieczorek’s constant effort to save taxpayer money,” and praised his activities scrutinizing contracts and questioning single-bid contracts saying, “which is what … Councilor Wieczorek has been emphasizing continuously.” As President Ronald Reagan reminded us, “Government programs are paid for with money earned by working men and women. Any program that represents a waste of their money is a theft from their pocketbooks. We must have that waste eliminated or the program must go.” That is what Ray Wieczorek tries to do on the Executive Council.
Executive Council District 4 truly benefits from Ray Wieczorek’s vision, strong leadership, and political courage just as the City of Manchester did,” declared Wieczorek spokesman Marshall Cobleigh.