Gentile on Riverside : ‘obstructionist’ or ‘hero’?

Gentile on Riverside : ‘obstructionist’ or ‘hero’?

The comments accompanying last week’s Boston Globe article about the proposed revisions to a mixed used development at the Riverside MBTA station, included two very different views of long-time Newton City Councilor Lenny Gentile: 

 
“S&J’s Dad” writes…
 
…Councilor Gentile is an obstructionist who represents a minority viewpoint. He shouldn’t be allowed to continue to prevent progress toward modern development at Riverside.
 
But “Preserve our Neighborhood” write…
 
…City Councilor Lenny Gentile is a hero, a rare honest and brave elected leader who has the guts to stand up for residents and against the worst excesses of privatization of public property.

What’s your view? Is Gentile “an obstructionist” or “a hero”?

Lenny Gentile moving to Everett

Lenny Gentile moving to Everett

Cross off any expectations that long time Newton Alderman Lenny Gentile might run for mayor once Setti Warren heads off for Tel Aviv. Gentile tells me that he’s just bought a house in Everett so he could be closer to his kids and grandchildren and will be moving...

Yes, why not Everett?

Folks who’ve been following my blog postings over the years know that one my very favorite short form videos of all time is this classic slice of cinéma vérité from 2009 featuring Aldermen Lenny Gentile. At the time this clip was filmed, Newton was facing the...
Lenny knows best

Lenny knows best

So after considerable debate our elected Board of Aldermen vote to uphold democracy and abide  by the city charter but one man thinks he knows better.    Discuss....