City of residence
Wife of 42 years, Rosanne, Sons Zack and Gabe. Zack and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of Granddaughter Lillian.
Mumford High School Graduate,
BS - Wayne State University,
MSW - University of Michigan
2015 Chevy Equinox & Impala
Michigan Department of Social Services (1972-80)
State Representative (1981-98), State Senator (1999-2006), Wayne County Commissioner (2007-Present)
Balancing the budget, completing the jail project, repairing/resurfacing our roads, and maintaining the services necessary for our residents. I have supported the budget reductions that have been necessary and have supported the neighborhood associations and nonprofits working to improve our City. I have yet to see a plan for the jail that makes sense to me.
I agreed with the declaration of financial emergency as the way to avoid bankruptcy and the steps that had to be taken to protect our County from fiscal collapse. I recognize the need to make cuts, especially to a healthcare system that was too costly and out of control, but I believe that the new plans are unfair. However, the stipend given to retirees who are Medicare eligible is sufficient for these individuals to purchase the supplemental insurance they need.
Stop wasting dollars maintaining the jail site and help find the best solution. I will accept and support the plan to centralize county offices and divest properties and stop leasing spaces.
Increase law enforcement efforts, encourage and assist in the merger of municipal services (i.e. 911 operations) to allow smaller communities to spend less but maintain service levels. Work through Wayne RESA to provide expanded services and resources to help equalize education opportunities throughout our County. We must also make every effort to increase employment opportunities for residents by attracting new businesses.
Reach out to the business community, trade unions and local colleges to work together to create jobs and prepare our residents to fill the positions.
We must focus on repairing and repaving our roads and getting the help we need from the federal and state governments. We need to better maintain abandoned properties that are being held by the county and legally recover costs from absentee owners.
We have made great strides in improving the riverfront and offering events and activities for residents and visitors. Our parks are in excellent condition and planned events are successful. The community college has grown in participation and program diversity.
Too many salaries are too high. We need to restructure entry level compensation and keep things competitive but realistic. In the light of the county's current fiscal challenges and the disparity between upper level and lower level employees, there is no easy answer for this question.
Yes. We are not required to work fulltime but are compensated for it.
I believe we have to reach out to the state and federal governments for every available dollar. I am willing to become a spokesperson/lobbyist in an effort to secure fiscal assistance.
I support it.
If the laws governing the sale and taxation of tobacco products are applied, I would have to support it - not only would our jails no longer be crowded with marijuana offenders - the state would see a huge influx in tax revenues.
We need to encourage districts to share specialty programs such as music, art, advanced math, and sciences. We need to involve Wayne State University as a key resource in merging districts and programs. I believe we must reduce the over 500 school districts that exist in our state. The City of Dearborn Heights, for instance, has a population of 56,620 people but is still operating with three separate school districts. That represents three superintendents, three school boards, three administration buildings; three separate food service providers, transportation systems and purchasing departments. The savings are obvious.
There are some services that the County can provide more cost effectively to municipalities. Cities and townships must be willing to examine centralizing appropriate services under County leadership.
Our Clerk is responsible for issuing Concealed Weapons Permits and is diligent. Without changes in existing laws or the enactment of specific ordinances, the County cannot do much else.
Yes. It is an important step to improving employment opportunities for residents who do not own automobiles and hopefully, it will alleviate some of our traffic and parking problems.