Retiring Councilor Devaney Sends Letter to Supporters


(The following leter was issued by retiring Watertown Town Councilor Marilyn Devaney to her supporters.)

Thank you for all the heartwarming calls, messages and gestures of support. I am trying to get back to everyone who has called. I want to also thank the many friends who were ready to support my campaign for Town Council president. I was confident that I could win. I would be in full gear to have an organized campaign — which I have not done in many years. Your calls of disappointment in this endeavor have touched my heart. I appreciate your understanding of my decision.

I am retiring from the Town Council. I am not retiring from being there for you. I will continue to receive your calls with your concerns — and act on those concerns — to give assistance and seek solutions to your problems. My Watertown office hours to meet with you will continue as your Governor’s Councilor. I will still be representing you as your elected constitutional officer and advocate.

I will continue to advocate for you in Watertown as well as in the State House in any way I can. In the state, I have been pleased to work with various governors to benefit Watertown. For example, Governor Cellucci reversed his veto on providing $3 million for scrubbers to prevent mercury emissions at the Watertown’s contracted Trash Facility (NESWC incinerator), saving taxpayers’ money. When Watertown was seeking a grant for the Fowle House, I was pleased to advocate for the grant by educating Governor Romney on its historical importance to the whole Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I informed him of how the Fowle House was the first meeting place of the Governor’s Council — where the Council signed the first treaty of the newly-formed United States of America with the Micmac Indian Nation. I was honored when Lt. Governor Kerry Healey called me to give me the news — to inform Watertown that the Watertown Public Library grant was approved.

I will finish my term on the Town Council at the end of the year. I will not retire from representing your needs and the needs of Watertown.

Again, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all your kind comments. It has always been an honor and will continue to be an honor, to serve the wonderful people in my hometown. Thank you.

— Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney
Governor’s Councilor
Town Councilor At-Large