Eagle Tribune Question and Answer Feature - Sunday, October 20, 2013
Name: Thomas J. Sullivan
Address: 77 Longview Street
Occupation: Real Estate Attorney
Education: Suffolk University, BS in Govt. 1983, Suffolk University, MPA 1987, Suffolk University Law School, JD 1992
Family: Jonathan, Julie & Ellen
Why should people vote for you?
I am passionate about Haverhill and making it a better place for people to live,
work, learn and play. Throughout my lifetime I have volunteered, chaired and organized some of the city’s greatest events, including the annual VFW Santa Parade, now in its 49th
What are the two most important issues facing Haverhill?
The Hunking School replacement issue and our long term debt.
The most important short term issue is the need to replace the Hunking School. The option that makes most sense from a cost and strategic planning standpoint is the one to build a new school on the present site for up to 1005 K-8 students at an effective rate of about 60% reimbursement
from the state. Long term debt caused by increased pension and health care costs, ongoing Hale debt, and the landfill cap issue loom large as the most important long term issue.
What is your opinion of the current City Council and how they are doing?
The current Council is doing a great job working together always in the best interests of its citizens. Unlike the United States Congress, we councilors at the local level understand the importance of achieving compromise and tackling tough issues instead of delaying them and causing major crises.
What important decisions or votes have the council made this term to improve the city?
The most important vote was the FY2014 budget. It included measures
to improve school safety and curriculum, hire additional police officers, and
improve our parks/recreational facilities. Haverhill is blessed with 36 square miles of land, much of which is still rural and forest. We need to protect our most vital natural and recreational