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NHDP - ICYMI: Union Leader On Ted Gatsas Blocking Manchester Solar Project 





Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, Chris Sununu and Joe Kenney – apparently at the direction of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas – blocked a solar project that would have saved taxpayer dollars and had the support of the Manchester board of aldermen.
Click here for the full Union Leader story or see excerpt below:
On a 3-2 vote, the Executive Council shot down a plan for a solar array to generate electricity for Manchester city government.
… Under the proposal, the city would purchase electricity at a rate just below 6 cents per kilowatt/hour, which would result in $26,500 in savings in the first year of the project, according to the developers’ calculations. The city would also receive an annual tax payment of $5,000. The savings in future years would rise based on the increase in electricity rates.
Manchester Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig... said the project had support of a majority of city aldermen.
“We had a board vote and I voted to support it,” said Craig. “It was my understanding that this was the first phase, and the project could be expanded in the future.”
“This should have went through,” said Manchester Alderman Keith Hirschmann, who represents Ward 12 where the landfill is located. “The full board voted for this. I know the mayor didn’t vote for it, but the full board did, and now our constituents won’t benefit from it.”
Hirschmann said he felt it was wrong that Manchester wouldn’t benefit from the state’s renewable energy trust funds.
“This would have been the largest solar project in the state,” said Hirschmann. “Instead we have a landfill that will sit dormant, while other communities benefit from the renewable energy trust funds.”
Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, D-Manchester, noted there is board support for the project, with the only reservation that it could be larger.
… Pappas and Van Ostern voted in favor of the Manchester project, but Sununu, and councilors David Wheeler, R-Milford, and Joe Kenney, R-Wakefield voted against the project.
Kenney voted with Pappas and Van Ostern to award a $580,757 renewable energy grant to Milford Town Solar LLC to place solar panels on that town’s landfill.
Kenney said Gatsas does not support the project, preferring the earlier, larger project, while the Milton selectmen unanimously supported that project.
“Councilor Kenney cited Mayor Gatsas’ opposition to the project,” said Craig. “I think it’s a lost opportunity for the city.”
Click here for the full Union Leader story.




Drug Czar Had No Plan Less Than 24 Hours Before Hassan's Office Released Recommendations


Concord - The Union Leader today reports that John Wozmak, Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled drug czar, failed to present any plans to combat the state's heroin epidemic at a Monday meeting with top Manchester officials. Less than 24 hours later, Hassan's office released a set of hastily prepared, boilerplate recommendations that they claimed were the result of months of work from Mr. Wozmak.


"The fact that Governor Hassan's embattled drug czar didn't even mention a substance abuse plan to top Manchester officials raises questions whether Mr. Wozmak's recommendations are a serious proposal or simply political camouflage designed to distract from the Hassan Administration's failed leadership," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "After six months on the job, Governor Hassan's drug czar should have been in regular contact with Manchester law enforcement officials to ask for their ideas before releasing any recommendations. It's clear that the state's response to the heroin epidemic has been inadequate and that Governor Hassan's office has dropped the ball on numerous occasions." 


According to the Union Leader, "no mention of an imminent release of a plan" was made at an hour-long Monday meeting with Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Police Chief Nick Willard.


"That left us all a little bit concerned about where to go and whether we need to develop our own plan," Mayor Gatsas told the Union Leader.


The Hassan Administration has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks for its lackluster response to the heroin epidemic. Last week, WMUR reported that Hassan's office didn't know that New Hampshire had been awarded a $12.5 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. 




Chris Sununu (EC- 3) - Statement On Hassan Drug Czar’s Failure To Communicate With Manchester Officials

Concord – Today Executive Councilor Chris Sununu issued the following statement on the failure of the Hassan Administration’s Drug Czar to communicate with Manchester officials. In an interview with WMUR yesterday, Mayor Ted Gatsas said that “communication has not been there” from the Hassan Administration on the response to the growing heroin epidemic.  


“After watching his interview on WMUR last night, I called Mayor Gatsas to ask him about his comments regarding the lack of communication from the Hassan Administration on combating substance abuse.  Mayor Gatsas confirmed that Governor Hassan’s drug czar has failed to meet with him or even pick up the phone and call his office.


“Governor Hassan’s drug czar has been on the job for over six months now, and it is extremely troubling that he has not reached out to the mayor of our state’s largest city.  Mayor Gatsas is on the front lines fighting Manchester’s heroin epidemic on a daily basis. The Hassan Administration’s designated substance abuse staffer should be in constant contact with the mayor’s office to offer whatever help he can provide.


“The lack of communication between local officials and Governor Hassan’s drug czar is the latest example of a disappointing pattern of mismanagement on substance abuse issues. I am deeply troubled by this situation and recent revelations that the governor’s office was unaware that New Hampshire is receiving a $12 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. I also believe that the governor made a serious mistake by vetoing the state budget that included an immediate 75% increase in substance abuse funding. 


"Lives are on the line, and the Hassan Administration needs to take responsibility for these mistakes and ensure that they don’t happen again. It’s time for the governor’s office to work closely with local officials to ensure the state is doing everything possible to combat this crisis.”



Executive Council District 3 consists of the following cities and towns: Atkinson, Brentwood, Chester, Danville, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Nottingham, Pelham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, and Windham.


Manchester Alderman Patrick Arnold Files Candidacy Papers For Mayor





MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – This morning, former Alderman Patrick Arnold filed his declaration of candidacy for the office of Mayor of Manchester, making official his second bid to challenge the failed policies and absent leadership of three-term Mayor Ted Gatsas.


“I’m running for mayor of Manchester because the people of our city deserve better than the status quo and business as usual at City Hall. Over the last several years especially, our city has suffered from the timidity and ineffectiveness of the current administration. Drug activity and violent crime remain out of control. Opportunities for progress continue to be squandered. Taxpayers continue to seek a better return for their tax dollars,” said Arnold.


“While others will offer merely the illusion of change, I will be advocating for authentic change to meet our city’s challenges head on,” Arnold continued.



Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Less than 500 voters separated Manchester from new executive leadership in 2013. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.



FreeKeeneNews - Manchester Activists Burn US Flags for Flag Day 

Manchester liberty activists celebrated Flag Day yesterday by releasing a video showing them setting more than one United States flag ablaze.  Anticipating the inevitable backlash of anger, media personality Shire Dude (aka Andrew Vermiglio) made this statement via his blog post at Free Keene:

To The Offended Viewer:
Some of the folks in Manchester, New Hampshire have been burning tiny flags on holidays, but what does it mean?

Just like any icon, the flag symbolizes different things as it is interpreted by different people.  You may look at the flag and see a symbol of hope and freedom.  I do not share this view.  In my eyes, the flag is the banner of an oppressive, monolithic federal government.

This freedom to burn flags was not given to me; we are all born free. Isn’t that fantastic?

Shire Dude is available for interview.  Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview him,

Ian Freeman