Former Town of Milford Health Agent Paul Mazzuchelli informed MyFM that he has officially announced his candidacy for Milford Selectman in the upcoming elections in April. The following is the press release sent to MyFM from Paul.
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the open seat on the Milford Board of Selectmen and look forward to bringing my skills, experience, and energy to the board. Our Town faces many important challenges during these unprecedented times and my years of service prepares me well to help solve them.
During my career, I have been focused on the many important issues, laws, regulations, and advancements related to the public health of our community. I have proudly served the Town of Milford as your appointed Health Agent for 42 years until my retirement in 2019. Today, I continue my service as an elected member of the Milford Board of Health working and supporting our local health office’s crucial efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After many years of service, I am ready to serve our town in an even greater capacity as your Selectman. My years of serving the public has helped me understand the many issue and challenges that we are faced with. My goal as your Selectman is to continue to create sound policies that improve the community as a whole and make our town work better for all of us.
My additional public service includes:
• State appointed commissioner of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Program, protecting Worcester County from mosquito-borne diseases such as EEE and West Nile Virus (Present).
• Elected commissioner of the Milford Housing Authority (24 years).
• Elected member of the Milford School Committee (6 years).
• Member of the Milford Retirement Board (3 years).
• Appointed member of the first Brookside Elementary School Council (3 years).
I have also been very active in community programs and organizations such as:
• Milford Youth Baseball 10 years; coach and volunteer.
• Milford Youth Football 10 years; coach and past Board Member.
• Milford Plains Association; recipient of the Plains Man of the Year in 2003.
• Prospect Heights Mayor’s Association; proudly serving as Mayor in 2015.
Working alongside the Milford Board of Health, others in our community, and State officials, I am proud to have accomplished some of the most effective programs and projects that benefit Milford in a positive way today:
• Working closely with the Massachusetts DEP, we constructed the Milford Transfer Facility. This facility is conveniently used by many residents to dispose of bulk items and recyclables not eligible for curbside pick-up.
• Alongside our regional DEP office, we reclassified the former landfill on Cedar Street from a “closed non-use” status to one fit for “recreational use”. This provided Milford an opportunity to develop this 22 acre-site to what we now know as Plains Park.
• After experiencing increases in overcrowding and illegal apartment conversions in Town, the Board of Health established a By-law, Article 37, to strictly address these health and safety issues.
• The Town of Milford, through the Board of Health, was one of the first communities in the state to begin curbside recycling.
• The Town of Milford was the first in the state to enforce strict tobacco use regulations to help protect our youth and adults.
• Established the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, making it convenient for residents to legally dispose of “hard to get rid of” materials and help prevent pollution that could endanger human health and the environment.
I am fully invested in Milford’s success and prosperity and I have learned throughout the years that a good member of any board or committee should constantly strive to improve the effectiveness that a board has on the community. This not only demonstrates good public service, but also good public leadership.
Milford is the community that I grew up in and a community that has been very kind to me and my family throughout my life. There have been many individuals and community leaders that I have met throughout my years of service, and in some way they have all had a positive influence on me. I learned respect, humility, hard work, and how to serve others. I will forever be grateful for the lessons of those that have served in the past and for the trust they had in me.
With your help, I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve Milford as your next Selectman. This is our town and together we can make Milford reach its potential. I very much look forward to earning your support and trust once more as I extend my service to the role of Selectman.