Stephanie Burke: Hello my name is Stephanie Muccini Burke and I’m a candidate for re-election as mayor of the city of Medford. I’m the proud daughter of Lee and George Muccini and grew up on First Street in Wellington. My husband, Brian, and I have been married for 31 years and we are blessed to have three beautiful children who attended public schools and went on to college. Medford has been a wonderful place to raise our family and it’s why we choose to stay here each and every day. I attended our public schools and was first to my family to go to college, and worked my way through Suffolk University. Commuting each day and working two jobs taught me the value of hard work.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Accounting, went on to work for a big aid accounting firm and earned my CPA license. I, then, attended Bentley University evenings to obtain my Masters in Taxation. I decided to venture out on my own in order to raise my family while I continued on my career path. I, then, established Rycon Financial in Medford Square named after my two sons. It was during this time I ran for City Council serving for 15 years, then, as Medford’s Director of Budget and Personnel for five years, and now, just shy of two years as your mayor and the CEO of the city of Medford. this level of experience prepared me to be your mayor.
This level of experience allows me to be accountable. This level of experience has and will continue to move this city forward. As a CPA, I deeply understand how important it is to have a well-managed city. We preserved Medford’s high-quality bond rating. We strive every day to spend our taxpayer’s money wisely and efficiently. We work hard to garner grants to improve the quality of life in our city. We have accomplished much in improving Medford’s infrastructure through our Complete Streets initiative. We’ve moved forward to repave and fix major roads throughout Medford. You will notice work being done in every section of this city.
We’ve also begun the process of building a new state-of-the-art police headquarters to better accommodate our law enforcement personnel and serve the public. It is essential in this day and age for our city to remain safe and sound. Public Safety has and will remain a priority as demonstrated by the purchase of a new fleet of police cruises, breathing apparatus, internal gear for our firefighters, new trucks, and equipment for DPW. As much as infrastructure and equipment is vital to public safety, are the tools are necessary in today’s fight against the opioid epidemic.
That is why I’ve hired a full-time recovery coach to aid in this fight and to augment the other educational services that this city has continually offered. This disease knows no boundaries. And while having a safe community is of the utmost, quality of life is also measured by the investment we make in common spaces within our community. We partnered with the MAPC to lay out plans for an improved Medford Square. This master plan actively included residents and business owners input throughout the process. This collaboration has helped us plan for bicycle accessibility, safer streetscapes, connectivity of our pathways, and refocusing on our jewel, the Mystic River.
Concurrently, work has begun on the Riverside Plaza project, enhancing the hub of Medford Square. This park will be transformed into a multi-use offering for generations to engage in passive recreation or simply enjoy an event. Just this week, we signed a contract for professional management company, Bill Bloom, and Wright Presents of the Wilbur theatre to promote our gem, the Chevalier, to serve as a catalyst for arts and culture as well as economic development in Medford. This will create jobs, opportunities for our small businesses, and exciting new entertainment for all. As thrilled as we are about the Chevalier, we are equally proud of the creation of a full-time Recreation Department.
This offering has been lacking in our community and now we will have a department that will serve all ages especially our youth. Our students are our future, thus, of key importance is expanding educational opportunities in our public schools, by promoting new programs at Medford high such as environmental studies, engineering, robotics, and a host of AP classes, to the new media Center, in hands-on culinary arts restaurant, Bistro 489. Our students are our future and with these uplifting programs, talented teachers, supportive parents, Medford’s future has never looked brighter. Medford is a city like no other. It is home to generations of families and many new residents.
We are a welcoming City. My education, experience, knowledge of government, and deep commitment to this city is demonstrated daily. I am very proud of my first term accomplishments, but there is more work to be done. Being mayor is more than a title; it’s living up to the promise to serve. Please allow me the honor of continuing to serve as your mayor and ask for your support on Tuesday, November 7th. Check out my website at stephaniemucciniburke.com, and thank you.