Million-dollar pension grab’ is ‘highway robbery,’ candidate says
QUINCY—Mayoral candidate Anne Mahoney blasted the appointment of Daniel Raymondi as the city’s new DPW director, calling Mayor Tom Koch’s appointment of the Ward 2 Councilor to the six-figure position a “million-dollar pension grab” that damages both employee morale and the city’s reputation.
Mahoney, who had previously called upon Koch to withdraw the job offer, also lambasted the Koch administration for making no formal announcement of the controversial appointment.
“This proposed appointment was first mentioned nearly two months ago, yet Tom Koch waits until the July 4 holiday weekend to try and slip it past the voters,” Mahoney said. “I’ve got news for you, Mayor: The voters of Quincy are paying attention!”
In her campaign kick-off speech June 22, Mahoney charged that the Koch administration “has taken patronage and cronyism to new heights,” pointing to the proposed Raymondi appointment as illustrative of how business is being conducted in the city.
“Instead of seeking qualified applicants with a background in public works or engineering, Tom Koch offered a six-figure job to a political insider with no experience in these areas whatsoever,” Mahoney said. “The sad part is, I think nepotism and patronage come so naturally to Tom Koch that he truly doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with deals like this. He actually believes that this is the way government is supposed to operate – handing out jobs to friends, relatives and political cronies – and he’s wrong.”
Mahoney noted that Raymondi, 63, needs only to stay in the DPW director’s position for three years in order to receive an $88,000 a year pension for the rest of his life. Prior to this appointment, Raymondi’s annual pension would have been $48,000 a year.
“Assuming Councilor Raymondi receives a pension for 25 years, his original pension would have come to a total of $1.2 million,” Mahoney said. “By accepting this blatant patronage appointment, his pension will skyrocket to $2.2 million – that’s an extra million dollars for just three years of work. It’s highway robbery of the taxpayers, pure and simple.”
As mayor, Mahoney pledged to institute new city hiring policies based on qualifications, not political connections. And her first appointment, she said, will be a qualified public works director.
“The days of ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ are about to come to an end in Quincy,” she pledged. “As mayor, I’ll make sure all city positions are publicly posted online and with organizations like the Mass. Municipal Association to ensure that everyone has a fair chance at applying for Quincy jobs and only the most qualified applicants are hired.”
A lifelong Quincy resident, Mahoney attended the Quincy Public Schools and graduated with a degree in finance from Suffolk University. A consultant to a major financial institution, Mahoney and her husband, Kevin Mahoney, started Cyclone Design, Inc., a graphic design company, in Quincy Center in 1993. They are the parents of three children, all of whom attend the Quincy Public Schools.