Saturday, July 8, 2017

In the News: Bissanti arrested on gun charge, MA legislature passes budget

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Town Council member Andrew Bissanti is facing criminal charges after authorities said he fired a handgun in the air to drive away his daughter’s boyfriend who showed up at their home last Sunday. 
Dennis Lamoureaux, 36, of Woonsocket, R.I., told police he was dropping off a bathing suit belonging to his girlfriend, Francesca Bissanti, 30, around 7 p.m. at her 148 Brook St. home when he was confronted by her father, Bissanti, and her uncle, Vincent Lombardi, 48, of East Brookfield. They yelled at him and told him to leave the property, Lamoureaux said. 
Lombardi then hit Lamoureaux in the face with a soda can, according to reports. As Lamoureaux walked back to his Volvo, Bissanti fired a gun into the air, he said. That is when Lamoureaux said he called police. When they questioned Lamoureaux police said they saw a cut and bruise under his right eye. 
Bissanti told police he only fired his Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 semi-automatic pistol when Lamoureaux ignored his repeated requests to leave the property."

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Town of Franklin photo Andy Bissanti
Town of Franklin photo of Town Councilor Andy Bissanti

"House and Senate leaders agreed to a $40.2 billion budget that avoids tax increases and mostly holds spending flat at state agencies for fiscal 2018, according to two sources close to the negotiations, including one of the legislators involved in the talks. 
The bill, filed Friday at 9:40 a.m., and scheduled for passage Friday afternoon reflects a new forecast of fiscal 2018 tax revenues that is roughly $700 million below the projection the House and Senate used to build their budget bills this spring, according to Sen. Vinny deMacedo, a Plymouth Republican. 
A separate source close the negotiations said the conference committee agreed to $733 million in budget fixes, including about $400 million in direct cuts from the bills the House and Senate approved this spring. Further explanations about the budget fixes and the327-page bill, which includes 153 outside sections and was crafted behind closed doors of the past month, were not available as lawmakers who crafted the spending plan were not available to discuss it."

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  1. We need him off the counsel!! Wow he makes Franklin look bad.

  2. We need to expect more of our public officials.