11-13-2012 |

LYNN — After more than 30 minutes of intense and at times fiery debate, City Councilors voted 9-2 to hold a public hearing Dec. 18 on a proposed $4 million infrastructure wish list.

"Third time's a charm," said Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton. "I've asked publicly for the hearing three times."

The council has been split over support for the bond order that includes repairs and upgrades for over a dozen of the city's parks, a new flag pole, steps and a fiber optic server for City Hall, air conditioning for Veterans Memorial Auditorium and a wave attenuator for the harbor as well as $50,000 for miscellaneous school repairs.

09-27-2012 |

LYNN — City Councilors want to speed up the permitting process for developers interested in building on the Lynnway and make it easier for small businesses to obtain city permits.

With the city’s waterfront already designated a “growth district,” the next step is to guarantee prospective developers decisions on permit requests within 180 days, said Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton.

Crighton and his 10 colleagues voted Tuesday to adopt a state accelerated permitting law, called Chapter 43D, and they identified five Lynnway addresses as priority sites for applying the law.

04-13-2012 |

LYNN — What inspired you to be a city councilor? Have you ever met a president?

Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton, Councilor at large Hong Net and Peabody City Councilor Thomas Gould fielded these and other, sometimes personal, often tough, questions from the precocious middle schoolers involved in Project YES during its monthly parent night at Thurgood Marshall School.

“This is about getting you to do the right thing — to stay in school and volunteer in your community,” Gould said. “It’s expected of you.”

The men told personal stories of what led them to become city councilors and each touched on the same point: they could be councilors themselves someday.

02-21-2012 |
When you are talking with Councillor Brendan Crighton, you are talking with the next generation whose full effect will be felt when that generation is ultimately running this city.

Crighton, 28, is well educated, well spoken, well versed in the lingua franca of government and what’s best, he’s got this city on his mind. In more ways than he’d like to count, Lynn is what this young man’s present and future are all about.

07-23-2011 |

LYNN - Local artists will take to the streets today to paint murals on five utility boxes in an attempt to stave off vandals and to showcase their talents.

Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton, the Office of Economic and Community Development and the Inspectional Services Department teamed up with Raw Art Works to create a display of public art in the downtown.

Crighton said the idea is not original. Students in Swampscott covered a utility box outside the high school last year and a similar project was undertaken in Somerville. He said it's a good idea worth copying.

"Hopefully this will be a pilot program for Lynn," he said.

06-28-2011 |

By Chris Stevens / The Daily Item | Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:00 am

LYNN - A group of roughly 30 youths from across the city are forming a youth council with the goal of having their voices heard by the city at large.

Diana Kerry, director of North Shore Community College’s Public Policy Institute, said the idea for a youth council grew from a city-wide youth initiative. Kerry said students came together from Marshall Middle School, the high schools, Girls Inc., KAYA (a Khmer youth group) and the Y with an aim to focus on at least one issue facing young people in the city. The challenge, Kerry said, was to research and try their best to resolve the issue.

03-21-2011 |

LYNN - A pilot after-school program has high school kids giving up one night a week to talk politics, community action, current events and a even a little pop culture at North Shore Community College.

The program, tentatively titled the Youth Civics and Politics Initiative, is the brainchild of City Councilor Brendan Crighton.

He said when he ran for his seat on the council he received a lot of support from high school kids, predominantly from Lynn Classical High School. He said he got to know a number of the students, who often volunteered daily. Crighton acknowledged that the kids got class credit for volunteering but he said the students’ dedication and their interest still blew him away.

05-15-2010 |

LYNN - Thousands of Cambodians live in Lynn, but many have never set foot in City Hall out of fear or simply because they are unaware of available municipal services.

Ward 5 Councilor Brendan Crighton wants to change their way of thinking, which is why he has partnered with the local Khmer Cultural Planning Committee to host Cambodian Community Day today at City Hall.

According to Crighton, the Cambodian communities in Lynn and Lowell combined make up the third largest concentration of Khmer-speaking people in the world, yet many of these immigrants do not take advantage of local clinics, translators or direct services.