In 2018 and again in 2020, voters from North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill entrusted me with the responsibility of making sure that our district is a place where all residents can comfortably live, work, and thrive. I am grateful for your support and am honored to serve as your State Representative for the Merrimack Valley's 14th Essex District. In this role, I am not only your voice at the State House working tirelessly to advocate for the issues that are important to all of us, but I also strive to be an available and accessible legislator.
I also spent years as a sexual assault hotline advocate, and as a member of our local YWCA Board of Directors. Because being an active member of the community is just a part of who I am, I continue to be involved as a Scoutmaster of Scout Troop 87GT and am an assistant coach of the NAMS cross country team. Boy Scouts. Being part of the solution means not being a spectator.
Typographical errors and missed callbacks are among the reasons some residents are having trouble receiving unemployment checks.
State Rep. Christina Minicucci, a guest on WHAV’s Friday morning program, reminded listeners she and other lawmakers offer can help.
“A lot of times when people have been hung-up on their unemployment, for some reason, or it’s just not going through, they’ll call our office and we’re able to help move it along more quickly,” she says.
Minicucci says many times, the issues are typographical errors or transposed numbers. Minicucci also advises some claims require additional information and residents should be on the alert for an unexpected telephone call. “They’re working seven days a week, and they’re calling from remote offices, so sometimes that phone call may come in from Idaho or something like that, and people won’t pick up the call. So, we always say pick up every phone call. They work seven days a week so you can do it on the weekend. They will not leave a message for you because you have so many people making the calls, so if you miss it, you miss it. You don’t even know you missed the call.”
Rep. Susannah Whipps' at-home alternative was a veggie platter and cold brew from local coffee company Dean's Beans, while Rep. Christina Minicucci went with "leftover Cafe Azteca chips and guacamole."
"Ear piece in place for conversion with division leader," Minicucci wrote (on twitter), describing her home voting operation. "Wearing my face covering in solidarity with colleagues who are on the house floor keeping us moving."
For State Rep. Christina Minicucci, D-North Andover, who represents the Essex 14th district, the shutdown has been a chance to shine. Minicucci is a project manager by trade and has been working mostly remotely since she was pregnant with her now-17-year-old son.
“This is what I do, solve problems,” Minicucci, who also ran into the state government’s email limit, said.
“I have three kids. I never have free time to sit around, anyway,” Minicucci said.
The key is to compartmentalize and prioritize, Minicucci said. And she spends time every day putting emails into priority categories for response.
Individuals, groups and businesses have been getting the attention of 14th Essex District state Rep. Christina A. Minicucci for their help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just one of many examples, she noted during a recent interview with WHAV’s Win Damon, Groundwork Lawrence was able to contract with eight local restaurants to make “grab-and-go” meals a couple of nights a week for those in need. The effort kicked off thanks to seed money donated by New Balance.