, Salem, MA

October 29, 2013

McCarthy: aims for collaborative approach


---- — SALEM — As Ward 1 councilor for the past six years, Bob McCarthy has had to deal with some of the major issues impacting the ward and the city.

McCarthy, who lost to former Councilor Lucy Corchado in his first bid for office, served on a power plant reuse committee that he feels helped shaped the direction of the proposed development.

“When you talk to the owners of Footprint Power, they’ll tell you they looked at the study and took a lot of it to heart,” McCarthy said. “They’re really stepping up with all the suggestions we made to them.”

McCarthy called the first phase of the city pier development on Blaney Street “spectacular.”

“We have an opportunity to really open up a section of the waterfront for development and for open space and access,” he said. “It’s going to be great.”

While he has some concerns about the cruise ship proposal for the power plant pier, McCarthy said most of the vessels are going to be midsized, carry older passengers, stop for a day during the middle of the week and generate business for the city.

“If there are issues,” he said, “we will figure how to” work them out.

As for National Grid’s transmission project, McCarthy said he favors the “least impactful route.”

McCarthy has spent five years on the council’s finance committee and points with pride to small budget increases and the city’s stronger financial position.

“I’ve really tried to work toward responsible growth and to stabilize the tax base,” he said.

As a councilor, McCarthy sees himself as a “collaborator.”

“You have to be able to go into City Hall and have conversations, get work done and bring ... goods and services back to the ward.”

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Address: 153 Bay View Ave.
Age: 49
Employment: Self-employed general contractor
Education: St. John's Prep, Class of 1982; University of Lowell, B.S. mechanical engineering, 1986
Family: Wife, Kathleen, sons 15 and 18
Elective offices: Ward 1 city councilor, 2008-present
Community involvement: Member, Salem Knights of Columbus; former Salem Little League and Beverly-Salem Babe Ruth coach; past chairman of Open Space and Recreation Committee; Sail Salem advisory board.
Pastime: Attending sons' activities