SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 10, 2013

Serino: 'Time to get involved'

By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — Three candidates are vying for the Ward 3 councilor’s seat in Peabody. The Sept. 17 preliminary election will narrow the field to two candidates.

PEABODY — Thomas Serino is making his second foray into politics, having run for Ward 3 councilor against incumbent Rico Mello in 2011. “It’s time to get involved,” he said.

A salesman working for the Lynn Item, Serino, 65, grew up in Dorchester but has lived in Peabody for 36 years. A graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Boston and a two-year program at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, he said he’s enjoyed living here. “I’ve seen how Peabody has grown,” he said.

As a councilor Serino said he would work to improve traffic on Pulaski Street and address too-frequent water breaks in the Gardner Park neighborhood. He hopes to see some use made of Walnut Street’s brownfields sites, “and I’d like to continue the Riverwalk between Salem and Peabody.”

He applauded recent work reconfiguring the downtown traffic flow and stressed the need to “start drawing more business here ... to keep our tax base stable.”

If elected, he promised “to consider all sides before I vote ... I don’t have a specific agenda per se. I want to go in and represent both sides.” While his ward will be his No. 1 priority, he said, “I’m going to work for the benefit of not only Ward 3, but the entire city.”