Candidates Report Card

Prepared by the Coalition to Inform Voters in the Community (CIVIC)

City of New Bedford - 1995 Municipal Election - Tuesday, November 7, 1995


The purpose of this report card is to encourage voters of New Bedford to make an informed decision about the candidates running for office for mayor and City Council elections on November 7th, 1995. Candidates were asked questions at a series of public debates about issues of concern of C.I.V.I.C. member organizations:

This document can be used as a referral during elected official's terms to insure that the candidates are held accountable for their stated positions. Remember, power concedes nothing without a demand! C.I.V.I.C. wishes to express thanks to several New Bedford organizations and businesses who have made these debates possible:

WBSM; Channel 46-New Bedford Government Channel; Howland Place; New Bedford Sport's Club; Buttonwood Warming House-NB Recreation; Moose Hall; Sixth's Bristol Club; Ben Rose Gardens-N.B. Housing Authority; TV World; David Antunes Sound Company; D.J. Mark "Lucky Dogs" Pereira

Report Card produced by GET-UP, Grassroots Empowerment, Training and Unity Project, a C.I.V.I.C. member.

ELECTION `95


Ward 2 Debate held October 12, 1995
Questions posed:                                                                                                     
Does the candidate Support...
1. Needle exchange for HIV prevention
2a. Proposed Wampanoag Casino
2b. Gaming in neighborhood business establishments
3. Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle exchange 
4. Condom distribution for teens at High School
5. Reduction of  paperwork to make  the City's  microloan pool
 more accessible to small businesses
6. Reduction of water and sewer rates for neighborhood businesses
7. Will welfare reform increase crime and youth violence?
8.  Support establishment of a detox center in New Bedford
9. Support the concept of a mobile police sub-station 
10a.  Support opening youth centers
10b. after school programs
11. Support waived fees for community groups to hold meetings 
and functions in City schools and buildings?
12. Should drug treatment programs be made available at the 
Bristol County House of Correction?
13.  Support programs for teen parents;  education, parenting 
classes, counseling 
14. Work to develop North End retail district as an 
"International Marketplace"
15. Get rid of parking meters in downtown and North End
16. Do you feel teen violence is a problem?
17. Support establishment of a Drug Court
18. Both candidates commute daily to work in the Boston 
area-would their schedule allow adequate time to devote 
to City Council duties?
 19. Address problem of abandoned properties on Acushnet Ave.
20. Should mayor control Health Dept.  decisions on public 
health matters

Candidates for Ward 2
Carlos  A. Pinhancos         Paul Koczera
Question                           Pinhancos           Koczera
1.                                   yes               yes
2a                                   yes                yes
2b.                                     yes               no                                       no
3.                                    no                  no            

4.                                    no                 no
5.                                    yes                yes
6.                                    yes                yes             
       
7.                                    yes                   no        
          
8.                                    yes                yes
9.                                    yes                             
                                                         yes
10a.                                  no                yes
10b.                                 yes                 yes
11.                                     yes              yes
12.                                    yes               yes
13.                                   yes                ye.s
14.                                   yes                yes
15.                                    no                yes
16.                                   yes                yes
17.                                    yes               yes
18.                                   yes                yes
19.                                    yes               yes             
                                                      
20.                                  no                  yes                


Ward 4 Debate held October 17, 1985
Questions posed:

1. Work to improve access to city Microloan pool
2. Support waived  $45 fee for community groups to hold 
meetings and functions in City schools and buildings?
3. Would candidate participate in Neighborhood Association 
meetings?
4.  Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and 
needle exchange
5. Should mayor control Health Dept.  decisions on public 
health matters?
6. Address drug-dealing problem at Ben Rose and Bay Village?
7. Support programs for teen parents;  education, parenting 
classes, counseling
8. Meet with local banks to provide more loans to neighborhood 
businesses
9. Improve access to City Hall of  neighborhood business concerns
10.  Favor condom distribution for teens at High School
11. Support greater integration of  waterfront economic 
development plans with Ward 4 
12 Support Rep. Cabral's bill to use 20% drug confiscated 
moneys for treatment
13. Should D.A.'s office have to account for confiscated 
drug moneys?
14. Support establishment of a Drug Court
15. Support efforts to rehabilitate abandoned buildings
16. Favor demolition of Morse Twist Drill building
17. Support sex education  in grades below High School
18. Assure that local small businesses benefit from the 
proposed Casino.







WARD 4  Candidates
I =incumbent
Joseph "Jo Jo" Fortes    Ramona Silva (I)

Question       Fortes                            Silva
1.                          yes                                    yes
2.                         no                                      no
3.                         yes                                    yes
4.                         yes                                    yes
5.                         no                                      no
6.                        yes                                     yes
7.                        yes                                     yes
8.                        yes                                     yes
9.                        yes                                     yes
10.                       yes                                     yes
11.                        yes                                      yes
12.                        no                                       yes 
13.                        yes                                     yes
14.                        yes                                     yes
15.                        yes                                     yes
16.                       yes                                       yes
17.                         yes                                      yes
18.                         yes                                     yes
                                                            

Ward 6 Debate held October 23, 1985

Questions posed:
1. Support lowering property tax rate
2. Favor rehabilitating vacant lots
3. Should the city fund violence prevention for youth?
4. Support establishment of a Drug Court
5. Support plans for a recreation area at Fort Rodman
6. Should Victory Park be designated as open space?
7.  Do you favor opening public schools for supervised 
youth activities?
8. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and 
needle exchange
9. Do you have a plan to assist micro businesses in Ward 6?
10.a Would you support more foot patrol/community policing 
in Ward 6?
10b. Would you work with the mayor to establish foot patrols?
11. Do you think welfare reform will increase youth crime 
and violence?
12. Should the mayor's politics be involved in Health 
Dept. decisions?
13.  Do you have ideas on how to bring Casino visitors 
into Ward 6  businesses?
14. Do you favor siting  a needle exchange program at 
Gifford St.?
15. Support waived  $45 fee for community groups to 
hold meetings and functions in City schools and buildings?
16. Support Rep. Cabral's bill to use 20% drug confiscated 
moneys for treatment
17. Favor condom distribution for teens at High School
18. Would you give Working Capital businesses more of a 
voice in city government?
19. Would you be willing to attend Cove St. Neighborhood 
Association Meetings?
20.  Does New Bedford have a gang problem?




Candidates Ward 6
Leo Pimental                        Victor Pinheiro

Question       Pimental                        Pinheiro
1.                          yes                                   yes
2.                         yes                                   yes
3.                         yes                                   yes
4.                         yes                                   yes
5.                         yes                                   yes
6.                        yes                                    yes
7.                        yes                                     yes
8.                         yes                                    no
9.                         no                                     yes
10.                       yes                                     yes
11.                        yes                                      no
12.                        no                                       no 
13.                        yes                                    yes
14.                        yes                                     no
15.                        yes                                     yes
16.                         yes                                    yes
17.                         no                                      no
18.                         yes                                   yes
19.                       yes                                     yes
20.                     yes                                      yes


WARD 5 Debate held October 20, 1995

Questions posed:
1. Are you aware of community policing and how it it working 
in New Bedford?
2. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and needle 
exchange.
3. Favor condom distribution for teens at High School
4. Are you familiar with Working Capital , would you be 
willing to meet with its members to address concerns of 
microbusinesses?
5. Do you favor the current plans to rebuild the Buttonwood Zoo?
6. Should mayor control Health Dept.  decisions on public 
health matters?
7. .Should  community groups be charged $52 per night for 
the  use of school buildings for meeting and functions?
8. Meet with local banks to provide more loans to neighborhood 
businesses
9. Do you believe there is a need for improved night 
security of Buttonwood Park?
10a. Do you support the establishment of a drug detox 
in New Bedford?
10b. Do you favor the use of drug confiscation moneys 
to fund a detox?
11. Meet with local banks to provide more loans to 
neighborhood businesses
12. Do you feel the city has a responsibility to implement 
violence  prevention programs for teens?
13. Do you have a plan to include  small and microbusinesses 
in opportunities presented by the proposed Casino?
14. Do you believe that the casino will lead to an increase 
in negative behaviors, i.e. crime and gambling addiction?
15. Support establishment of a Drug Court
16. Do you think welfare reform will increase youth crime 
and violence?
17. City microloans require 3 years of tax and  business. 
Do you favor reducing the requirements for business start ups?



Ward 5 Candidates
I=incumbent
Jane Gonsalves  (I)     Barry Starr
Question       Gonsalves                     Starr
1.                          yes                                  yes
2.                         yes                                   no
3.           yes w/sex education                        no
4.                         yes                                   yes
5.                         yes                                   no
6.                        no                                     no
7.                         no                                     no
8.                        yes                                   yes
9.                        yes                                   yes
10a.                     yes                                   yes
10b.                     yes                                   yes
11.                        yes                                   yes
12.                        yes                                  yes 
13.                        yes                                  yes
14.                        no                                    no
15.                        yes                                  yes
16.                        no                                   no
17.                        yes                                  yes




Ward 1 Debate held October 26, 1995

Questions posed*:
1.  Do you oppose  plans to construct a coal-fired plant 
in Ward 1?
2. Do you have a plan to help local small/micro  businesses 
attract visitors from the proposed casino?
3. Should the city tackle teen drug use in Ward 1?
4. Support a Healthmobile with TB testing, STD info and 
needle exchange
5. Do you support the establishment of a community policing 
sub-station in Ward 1?
6. Are you familiar with Working Capital , would you be willing 
to meet with its members to address concerns of microbusinesses?
7. Support establishing youth programs in the North End of New Bedford
8. Should mayor control Health Dept.  decisions on public 
health matters?
9. Would you support a new bus company with expanded service 
to meet the needs of  New Bedford residents?
10. Do you have a plan to assist neighborhood businesses in 
Ward 1?
11. Do believe teen violence is a problem?
13. Do you support Rep. Cabral's bill to use 20% of drug 
confiscation moneys for drug treatment?

*Fewer questions posed due to abbreviated debate format for this debate










Ward 1 Candidates
I=incumbent
David Gerwatowski(I)    Denis Hanks
Question       Gerwatowski                Hanks
1.                          yes                                  yes
2.                         yes                                  yes
3.                         yes                                  yes
4.                         yes                                   no
5.                         yes                                   ?
6.                         yes                                  yes   
7.                         yes                                   yes 
8.                         no                                    no
9.                        yes                                  yes
10.                      yes                                   yes
11.                        yes                                  yes
12.        ? has not seen text of the bill         yes 











Mayoral Debate
Held October 30, 1995

Questions posed:
1.  Do you  have a figure of how many $500 to $25,00 
microloans have been made by the New Bedford Corp.?
2. Will you guarantee that New Bedford residents will 
get jobs at the proposed casino?
3. Will you provide city matching funds for the 
AmeriCorps program?
4. Are you still in opposition of the Healthmobile/needle 
exchange for law enforcement reasons?
5. City's microloan program requires 3 years of tax 
and business record for start-up businesses. Would you 
be willing to revisit this application criteria?
6. No you feel that the community policing program is 
accomplishing its mission?
7. Will city youth have a position/voice in your 
administration?
8. 80% of House of Correction inmates have a 
substance abuse problem-do you favor drug treatment 
during incarceration?
9. Would you favor extending the concept of "one-stop 
shopping" (streamlined regulations/permits) to include 
microbusinesses?
10.  Will you work closely with Neighborhood Associations?
11.a. Are EPA plans to store PCB's in permanent, Confined 
Disposal Facilities (CDF's) a case of environmental racism?
11b. Do you favor placement of CDF's at the foot of Sawyer St.?
12.  Do you support greater accountability for 
confiscated drug moneys?









Candidates for Mayor of New Bedford
I=incumbent
Rosemary Tierney(I)    Fred Kalisz
Question       Tierney                   Kalisz
1.                          no                                  no
2.                         yes                                 yes
3.                         yes                                 yes
4.                         yes                                  no
5.                         no                                  yes
6.                        yes                                  yes   
7.                        yes                                   no 
8.                        yes                                   yes
9.                        yes                                  yes
10.                      yes                                   yes
11a.                      no                                   no
11b.                    no                                     no
12.                      no                                    yes


 






Councilor-At-Large Debate
held  October  5, 1995
Questions posed:
1. Do you support a Healthmobile to provide hepatitis/TB 
screening, STD education, needle exchange and drug 
treatment referral?
2. Should the City Council play a role to curtail youth  
violence and drug problems?
3.  Do you have a plan to support neighborhood small 
businesses?
4. Should the city hold owners of abandoned properties 
accountable?
5. Do you support peer leader/youth  programs and be 
willing to expand them?
6. Do you support increased accountability  of the 
D. A.'s office for moneys confiscated in drug raids ?
7. Do you favor the elimination of parking meters 
in the downtown and North End retail districts to 
attract more shoppers?
8. Would you support opening up school buildings 
after hours to provide more supervised recreation 
for young people?









Councilor-At-Large Candidates
I=incumbent
David Alves (I)                                        Denis Lawrence Jr
David Andrade                                        Kellie Martin-Luiz
Henry Carriero                                         Ed Pacheco
Brian Gomes (I)                                      John Saunders(I)                  Thomas Hodgson(I)                                  George Rogers (I)  not             
                                                                present ( in the hospital)  
Question  Alves  Andrade  Carriero   Gomes   Hodgson  Lawrence  Martin-Luiz Pacheco Saunders
1.          Y        Y         Y        Y        N           Y              Y        Y         Y
2.          Y        Y         Y        Y       Y           Y              Y         Y        Y
3.          Y        Y         Y        Y       Y           Y              Y         Y         Y
4.          Y        Y          Y        Y       Y          Y              Y         Y        Y
5.          Y        Y          Y        Y       Y         Y              Y         Y        Y
6.          Y        Y          Y        N       N         Y              ?         Y        N
7.           N        Y          N       N       Y         Y              Y         Y        Y
8.          Y        Y         Y        Y       Y          Y              Y         Y        Y