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Judiciary Committee, Chairman Fax: 202-225-8628 The Honorable Darrell Issa, Member of Congress, House Judiciary Committee Fax: 202-225-3303 The Honorable Steve King, Member of Congress, House Judiciary Committee Fax: 202.225.3193 Dear Members: As a staunch supporter of our US Constitution and what we stand for as Americans, including but not limited to passing Official English for the prosperity of our great country, I write for your support on this important matter. As a naturalized US citizen, my parents and I arrived in the US, via legal means in 1970. Because of available jobs, my dad chose to settle in Lawrence, Ma., where both my parents worked long hours in the factory “mills” off Canal Street. In a way, I too worked the factories because when my parents came home I would help them compile their daily work by tabulating and inserting the perforated ticket stubs of the shoes they put together into a spindled book, by hand. My mom recently told me that is how they got paid, piecemeal or by the shoe they put together. For two months, I have been keeping track of what is going on in Lawrence MA ever since a William Lantigua took office as mayor, while being a seated member of the Mass. House of Representatives. This individual has racked up dozens of news articles surrounding investigations by federal and state agencies into his wrongdoings, malfeasance, nepotism, giving public property to a foreign country and it is reported that he was elected mayor of Lawrence, Ma in 2010 with the aid of a foreign country and those foreigners. WIlliam Lantigua hails from the Dominican Republic and has systematically put Lawrence, Ma in ruins and in dire straits with an insurmountable task of getting her back to prosperity. See the attached (few of many) articles. Mr. Lantigua has ignored the English media and only gives interviews to Spanish media furthering the divide in this city and creating more unnecessary apathy. It was reported that William Lantigua allowed or ignored that the flag of the Dominican Republic to fly over the flag of our country at city hall. It is reported that Lantigua will attempt to convince federal lawmakers to reissue the grant for the COPS program. First and foremost, I wholeheartedly support law enforcement. Lantigua gutted the Lawrence police department as soon as he took office, ridiculed Lawrence police officers, provided inconsistent answers to a lawful and official police investigation and against public outcry, Lantigua elevated an unqualified Sgt. to deputy chief of police because Mr. Melix Bonilla was his campaign manager. Federal investigations are said to be taking place regarding the affiliations with the foreign country and the gifting of public property as well as the sale of public property to the Dominican Republic. These matters concerning a foreign country weigh greatly as a concern on our national security. The FAA is investigating Lantigua for inappropriately taking funds
from the Lawrence Municipal Airport and transferring the funds into an account at city hall. His girlfriend, Lorenza Ortega who is also a city hall employee, was receiving federal subsidies for heating fuel in her personal residence and it wasn't until the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune investigated this illegal and inappropriate receipt of monies meant for the poor. With all that Lantigua has managed to drag through the mud and put an indelible stigma on the beautiful and proud city of Lawrence, Ma., I ask that you require Mr. Lantigua to answer serious questions about his illegal or questionable reported activities, his corruption and other acts that are being investigated “before” this committee considers approving any federal dollars for the COPS program. It is a shame that police officers in this city are mired with increased levels of crime and violence because the appointees of Mr. Lantigua to the liquor licensing board (LLA) are errant and display a wanton attitude in ensuring that more liquor licenses are not given out with the increased rise in crime in Lawrence, MA. If this COPS grant is renewed it will surely help law enforcement but my concern is that Lantigua will once again squander money that is meant to aid the city of Lawrence and not to hire more cronies, friends and associates to receive a taxpayer funded paycheck. From the Governor to certain members of Lawrence City Council to members of the Massachusetts General Assembly, who loaned the city of Lawrence $ 35 million on the condition that Lantigua resign as a member of the Massachusetts House (simultaneously holding the title of Mayor), they have ignored the serious issues that warranted an investigation into Lantigua and all act as though nothing is wrong. In addition to having Mr. Lantigua testify, under oath, to the House Judiciary Committee there should be strict strings attached to any monies loaned or given to the city of Lawrence while Mr. William Lantigua is mayor and certain city councilors, who are ambivalent to what is going on, remain on the city council. Thank you for your cooperation and serious review of this letter. We the undersigned appreciate your interest and commitment to our country and to what is right and to be a decisive and powerful voice for most citizens of Lawrence, Ma. who have been silenced and intimidated to speak out. Regards (The printed names below constitute a signature and in full support of this letter) Eddie Garcia PO Box 120235 Nashville, TN 37212 email@example.com George Herman 10 Cambridge Street Lawrence, MA 01843-2216 firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle Melancon 16 Lenox Street Lawrence MA 01843-2720 email@example.com Richard L. Russell 34 Cross Street Lawrence MA 01841-3621 firstname.lastname@example.org Wayne Hayes 88 Cross Street Lawrence MA 01841-3621 email@example.com
Rob Rabito 46 Saunders Street Lawrence MA 01841-1818 firstname.lastname@example.org
Josue Hernandez Juan M. Gonzalez 379 Howard Street 5 Bennington St Lawrence, MA 01841-2981 Lawrence, MA 01841-3124 Hernandezjosue88@gmail.com Juanmanuelgonzalez@Comcast.net
Enclosure: Listing of News Articles on William Lantigua Cc: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, CNN, Boston Globe, USATODAY, New York Times, Congressional Quarterly SOME MEANINGFUL WEB LINKS RELATED TO WILLIAM LANTIGUA & ASSOCIATES Richard D’Agostino, assistant city attorney defends William Lantigua in private legal case http://www.valleypatriot.com/VP020410ethics.html Patrick Blanchette Fined by OCPF http://www.eagletribune.com/breakingnews/x180463617/Blanchette-agrees-to-pay-the-state20k-for-campaign-fund-issues Willy Lantigua Using Democrat in Campaign Speech http://www.archive.org/details/WillieLantiguadontBeSillyVoteForWilly Willy Lantigua Campaign Pic w signs http://www.wbur.org/2010/01/04/lawrence-mayor-2 Beltre Arrestee Dials Willy Lantigua from Lawrence Police booking room http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x1315237885/Woman-with-suspicious-documentsclaims-to-work-for-the-IRS Police report car running over Willy Lantigua http://plus.eagletribune.com/content/news/et/pdfs/lpd_report_lantigua.pdf Withholding Info by Willy Lantigua on Official Police Investigative Report http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x69806266/Report-Lantigua-withheld-info-tape-recordedinterview-with-detective Willy Lantigua girlfriend and City Hall employee Lorenza Ortega Gets Heat Aid $$$$$$ http://www.eagletribune.com/lantigua/x123360033/Taxpayer-dollars-help-heat-mayors-home Willy Lantigua Demands Each Signature to be verified and a slew of documents http://plus.eagletribune.com/content/news/et/pdfs/Lantigua%20Letter.pdf State orders Lawrence city attorney Charles Boddy to release records http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x856150064/State-orders-city-to-release-documents? mailingdate=201102060631&fb_source=message Globe article on Willy Lantigua Campaign report flaws http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-29/news/29601672_1_finance-reports-fund-raisercampaign-reports/7 Patrick Blanchette LPD report http://plus.eagletribune.com/content/news/et/pdfs/Patrick%20Blanchette%20Police %20Reports.pdf Willy Lantigua and associates interfering at polling place (99 Salem Street Lawrence) http://youtu.be/B9Ek9fHFfj0 Conduct Unbecoming an elected official
http://youtu.be/UEka0D_4j4o William Lantigua Scrutinized for Campaign Events http://youtu.be/qP1LrvphxZE Lawrence Police cite Mayor William Lantigua for Failing to Change Residential Address http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1526181292/Police-cite-Lantigua-for-failing-to-changeaddress/print
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