The Town’s municipal Council consists of the mayor and 4 councillors. They are responsible for establishing Town policy and the annual objectives of the Town. Public meetings are open to the public and are held on a monthly basis, usually on the last Monday of every month.
Portfolios: Intergovernmental Affairs, Communications
Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to the new residents. With each passing year and with every term you honour me by electing me to be your mayor, I discover more about the aspects of our Town that makes it so special.
I’m learning more about the extraordinary citizens that call Montreal West home – those citizens that quietly go about contributing their time and efforts to making our Town and the community around it better for everyone. Whether by volunteering their time to one of our community groups, working tirelessly to keep us healthy, privately helping their neighbour in need or just by being a positive and supportive influence, so many of our citizens are inspiring.
And it extends to the team that works for the Town. From our enthusiastic Director General, to her team of Directors and managers and all the way through to our front line team members in our administrative staff, Public Works, Recreation and Public Security, they work to make living in our Town a positive experience for all of our residents.
When you couple these exemplary citizens with the extraordinary team we have in place, it pushes me to be a better mayor. I will not be bogged down by any negativity and disrespect, whether the source is internal or external – I will do what I can to ensure positivity and respect permeate our Town.
The next few years will see my efforts concentrated on 2 fronts. Together with Town Council and our team, I will work to ensure Montreal West thrives and renews. We will continue to rejuvenate our infrastructure, buildings and parks while respecting our ability as taxpayers to shoulder the burden. And working together with my colleagues in the demerged Towns, I will lead the efforts to develop a new relationship between our Towns and the City of Montreal. We will strive for a fairer and more equitable partnership for all island residents.
Thank you for your trust and thank you for inspiring me to push for an ever-improving Montreal West.
Portfolios: Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Urban Planning
As a resident of Montreal West since 1972, I am deeply committed to this special town. I have a strong belief in public service, and have been an active volunteer in many aspects of the town’s life. I recently retired from my job at Marianopolis College where I held the positions of Director of Finance, Director of Human Resources and Director of Special Projects. It is a privilege to serve on Council for a third term, and I will draw upon my knowledge and experience to work for the citizens of Montreal West.
As Councillor for Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Urban Planning, I am committed to responsible fiscal management and to optimizing our tax dollars. I will actively promote the implementation of the strategies outlined in the Montreal West 2018–2022 Strategic Financial Plan which will serve to ensure the sustainability of this small community.
As well as keeping residents’ financial concerns at heart, I also understand that so many of our residents appreciate this Town for its heritage and beautiful architecture, and I will strive to ensure that these elements remain strong. To this end, some projects I plan to further in the Urban Planning portfolio include the beautification of Westminster Avenue, and the clarification of the Town’s Urban Planning bylaws and requirements. I welcome residents’ input, and encourage you to contact me if you wish to bring anything to my attention or if you have any questions or concerns relating to areas under my jurisdiction.
Portfolios: Public Security and Special Projects Fundraising
I am truly humbled, honoured and privileged to have been elected to Montreal West Town Council. This is the third mandate I have received from this Town (I was elected in 2005, 2009 and 2017) and I commit, once again, to giving the full of my energies and enthusiasm to best serving your interests. At the heart of every decision I make, I will always place the Montreal West taxpayer first and foremost. I will work to protect your tax dollars and provide honest, transparent and critical oversight over how the Town uses its resources and prioritizes its objectives.
My wife Barbara Farina and I have lived in Montreal West since 2001. We are proud owners of a Payne-built home and have three amazing children who simply love growing up in Montreal West: Julian (age 16) and our twin boys James and David (age 11). I have been a business attorney since 1993 (having graduated with honours from McGill University’s Faculty of Law) and am currently a Partner with the downtown law firm of Mitchell Gattuso SENC. Since 1999, I have been a regular on-air contributor to CJAD 800 AM radio with respect to civic and legal matters. I also served as the first Canadian President of the US-based National Italian-American Bar Association.
I am Chair of the Town’s Traffic and Safety Committee and will actively pursue thoughtful solutions that make our Town the safest place to live on the Island (our excellent Public Security team is here to serve you). I will commit an important part of my mandate to addressing concerns regarding the Turcot project as well as identifying an appropriate response to the ongoing difficulties occasioned by the train-level crossing at Westminster Avenue. Please feel free to communicate with me regarding any issue or concern you may have. Your ideas and suggestions are always encouraged. Feel free to contact me and rest assured that I will contact you soon thereafter in writing or by phone.
Portfolios: Public Works, Public Buildings
To all residents of Montreal West:
You have entrusted me to be one of the four councillors representing you on Town Council, and for that I am very grateful to all of you.
As councillor responsible for the Public Works portfolio I will strive to continue with the renewal and maintenance of the Town’s infrastructure. Working together with the Public Works team, we will examine ways to improve the delivery of services in a cost efficient manner.
The Public Works portfolio includes:
Public Works also cooperates with other departments in the execution of different projects.
An essential part of my mandate is to be open to your suggestions and listen to the issues related to the physical plan of Montreal West, with the intention to work towards resolving and improving the Town’s well being.
I look forward to working with all of you over the next four years!
Portfolios: Recreation & Culture, Communications
It is a great honour to serve a fourth term as Councillor for Recreation and Culture. Montreal West is known for its community spirit; it’s why most of us chose to raise our families here. My priority in this portfolio will be to nurture that spirit: refurbishing parks and playgrounds, and expanding top-quality services for all ages.
I have also taken on the Communications portfolio in this mandate.
Here I will focus on improving how the Town reaches out to its citizens. With this in mind, we will be moving ahead with a website revamp, and providing more face to face opportunities for dialogue. There is also new media and technology to explore, which can enhance the ways we converse. I’m excited to open up new avenues of communication.
In my time on Council, I’ve been a strong advocate of sustainable initiatives including organic waste pickup, alternative energy use in Town facilities, and the acceleration of tree planting. Though I do not oversee the environment portfolio in this mandate, I will push for increased energy efficiency, the revitalization of our tree canopy and other environmental policies on Council.
Once again, it is an honour to serve the citizens of Montreal West. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns relating to any area under my jurisdiction.