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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.
The One Haverhill Fund was launched Friday to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers say the fund will help families affected by job losses or reduced wages cover costs such as rent, food, utilities, internet, childcare, medications and other basic necessities. Priority is given to those who are most economically vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. Donations will be collected by United Way and distributed by existing Haverhill nonprofit organizations with a track record of administering assistance grants.
As residents sit at home day after day, enduring the coronavirus crisis and wondering what the future holds, they need reassurance from their local leaders.
So says Council President Melinda Barrett, who has arranged to have Haverhill's representatives in state government talk pubicly with city leaders Tuesday. They will share what is being done on the state level to help Haverhill and other communities deal with the pandemic and rebound after the crisis is over, Barrett said.
Local legislators plan to participate in Tuesday night's City Council meeting, which will be held remotely and be broadcast on local access television (HC Media Chanel 9).
"We need PPE from wherever we can get, and it doesn't matter if it's coming in batches of five or batches of 5,000," said Rep. Christina Minicucci, D-North Andover. "Whatever we can do to support our local businesses, we need to be there to support them and make sure that no one tries to come after them later for just doing the right thing."
The event, presented by the environmental group, Sustainable Middlesex, will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road. Organizers said the forum, open to all, will highlight the leading role Massachusetts is poised to take nationally to combat the worldwide problem.
Three legislators will provide updates on legislation to help reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming. State Representative Christina Minicucci, a North Andover Democrat, will discuss The FUTURE Act, which is intended to help expand use of renewable energy and enhance the safety of the natural gas network.
On October 22nd, the Massachusetts Legislative Manufacturing Caucus held its 4th Annual Manufacturing Awards Ceremony at the State House in the Great Hall of Flags. Dawn’s Sign Tech of North Andover was one of more than 70 manufacturing businesses from across the state to be nominated.
The ceremony included remarks from Secretary Kennealy from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The businesses honored were of all sizes and from all different manufacturing sectors.
Dawn’s Sign Tech was nominated by State Representative Christina Minicucci (D-North Andover).
As the sun set over their shoulders, a group of state legislators and other local officials gathered on the bank of the Merrimack River Friday night to talk about sewage overflows, recreational boating and economic development.
Celebrating their third night on the river, the kayakers, dubbed the Merrimack River Valley Voyagers, spoke about the beauty of the river and the challenges of making it even cleaner.
"The best part of the trip was when we turned the bend and saw the clock tower in Lawrence," said Minicucci. "We knew we were home. It was an amazing experience."
She said legislation is pending that would alert people when CSOs happen and when it's safe to go back in the water.
Laurie Burzlaff has worn many hats in North Andover, and now she’s wearing a badge of honor – She; joins 130 Bay State women on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s Unsung Heroines list for 2019.
State Rep. Christina Minicucci nominated Burzlaff for the designation because of Burzlaff’s “unparalleled service and longtime commitment to North Andover,” Minicucci wrote in announcing the honor.
Christina is one of 46 women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.
We asked Christina what the catalyst of her decision to run for State Representative was. Her response: "Everyone deserves opportunity – the opportunity to get a quality public education regardless of zip code; to work a good job and earn a living wage; to have easy, affordable access to healthcare; and to have a safe and stable place to call home. Opportunities exist, but there is very rarely equity in access to those opportunities."
With the swearing in of new members last week, the Massachusetts legislature, not unlike the U.S. Congress, is receiving an infusion of brand-new state representatives who already are pushing an aggressive agenda focused on addressing climate change and transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050.
Minicucci is running to fill the Essex 14th House District seat being vacated by state Senate candidate Diana DiZoglio, against Republican Ryan Losco, also of North Andover. And as she knocks on as many doors as humanly possible in North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill, she hopes her decades of experience in managing big projects and volunteering in her community will get her there.
It can be tough to have faith in the political process these days, especially as we observe the dysfunction at almost every level of government. That is why I strive to support candidates with a strong work ethic, a demonstrable passion for public service, and the temperament required to bridge the ever-growing divide at both ends of the political spectrum. The Merrimack Valley has two candidates that fit this mold: Diana DiZoglio and Christina Minicucci.
David P. "D.J." Beauregard, Jr.
I have watched many politicians over the years from both political persuasions and there are many factors that go into supporting a candidate. The first quality that I look for is content of their character. The second I watch is their commitment and responsiveness to their constituents. The third I quality I look for is their stand on issues and their reasoning behind them. I watch to see if they listen as well as speak. I was always taught that you have two ears and one mouth for a reason.
Smolak Farms, North Andover
Christina Minicucci of North Andover emerged the winner of the Essex 14th House seat Democratic primary, positioning her to squaring off against Republican and fellow North Andoverite Ryan Losco in November’s general election.
"It feels amazing!" Minicucci said, almost hoarse, exhausted and panting from a long day – and a long several weeks – of campaigning. "We worked really hard."
All five individual members of the North Andover School Committee announced that they are supporting businesswoman Christina Minicucci (D-North Andover) in her bid for State Representative.
Christina is energetic, enthusiastic, and committed to our community and residents. She has already demonstrated the work ethic needed to represent us, and I have every confidence that she will do an outstanding job as State Representative. On September 4th, please cast your vote in the Democratic Primary for Christina Minicucci.
“Christina lives the values that we want in our elected officials,” Rivera said in a statement. “She’s standing up for students, she’s standing up for women, she’s helping her community develop a clear direction and plan – and she does it all without fanfare. She’s a work-horse, and we need more people like her in government.”
I’m not much of a political person, and I don’t consider myself a partisan. If I’m political, it’s to the extent that I want to see my community be successful. I’m jaded by talk, but excited by action. That’s why I like Christina Minicucci.
I can’t say that Christina Minicucci has been a lifelong friend, or that she and I have worked on many projects together. How I’ve come to know her is as a candidate, a woman who is working tirelessly to represent the Merrimack Valley as our next state representative.
It can be exciting to hear a candidate speak about issues and values that are important to you. But it’s brought to a whole different level when a candidate steps forward who has truly done the work that matters to you and your family. That is why I am excited to support Christina Minicucci for State Representative.
Before a crowd of over 200 people, Christina Minicucci kicked off her campaign for State Representative, declaring she will fight for all four communities that make up the 14th Essex House District seat.
“I often say the word ’community,” said Minicucci. “For some people community means their town, while others may think about their neighborhood. For me, my sense of community has never stopped at a town’s borders. I think of community as a lifetime of experiences that include gardening on weekends at my great-grandparent’s house on Knox Street in Lawrence; getting ice cream with my cousins at Methuen’s Findeisen’s; years of my youth at Port Gymnastics perfecting my back handspring in Haverhill; and the countless hours I’ve spent volunteering in the North Andover Public Schools. As our next State Representative, I have the experience and ability to be a dynamic voice for the whole district.”
NORTH ANDOVER — Local businesswoman and political newcomer Christina Minicucci has pulled papers to run for state representative in the 14th Essex District, becoming the second candidate to formally enter the race.
The seat's current holder, state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, is running for the 1st Essex District Senate seat after Newburyport Democrat Kathleen O'Connor Ives announced she will not seek re-election.
NORTH ANDOVER - The race for the 14th Essex state representative seat has started, with Democrat Christina Minicucci of North Andover pulling papers to run for the seat being vacated by state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, who’s running for the 1st Essex state Senate seat (which is being vacated by state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor-Ives, who is not seeking re-election).
“I never had considered running for office before,” Minicucci, businesswoman and mother of three, said in a statement Thursday. “When this seat opened up I was approached by friends and family encouraging me to run. Frankly, I was surprised, but I also see an amazing opportunity to use this role as a way to continue giving back to our Merrimack Valley communities.”