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City or Town? Framingham Charter Rumblings Heard Once Again

May 23, 2011 (1:26 am EST)
Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In the municipality that claims to be "The Largest Town in America", rumblings, in the form of off-the-cuff remarks, hushed whispers and a few outright cries for reform are once again being heard in Framingham.

For those who weren't around in the late 1990's -- or weren't paying attention, the last Charter Commission was established, heard from, and its findings quietly tucked away along with the rest of the efforts to reform Framingham's government from its historical Town Meeting form into a City, with a Mayor and City Council.

The commission's Majority Report from 1996-1997 began with the following statement- ...[read more]


Landslide Saves Town

April 8, 1997 (10:00 pm EST)
Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Today was a historic day for the town of Framingham Massachusetts as voters cast more than twice as many votes to turn back a proposed charter that would have transformed the largest town in the state into just another medium sized city.

Announcing the election results in a press conference held in the Ablondi Room of the Memorial Building, Town Clerk George King declared the charter ballot question had lost by a 30 percent to 70 percent margin. At 9:15pm, with all votes in, King's unverified tally showed that 11,892 had voted on the ballot question, and ...[read more]