Essex 14th: Question 3 -- Crime on the Rise
State Rep. David Torrisi and challenger Kevin Begley discuss crime.
As a way to inform our readers about the candidates, Patch asked the two candidates for state representative in the Essex 14th precinct five questions that focused on topics ranging from the state budget to school funding.
Here is Question 3:
Crime is a big issue in Lawrence, which the 14th Essex seat also represents. That crime often spills into North Andover, as many people arrested in North Andover are listed as being Lawrence residents, and home burglaries are on the rise in North Andover. How will you address the rising crime rate in Essex 14?
David Torrisi (D)
Unfortunately rising crime and an unstable economy go hand in hand. Many gateway cities, like Lawrence, are facing similar burdens. Reducing unemployment and keeping local businesses thriving are the ways in which to mend our economy. Currently the Riverwalk, Lawrence General Hospital and our local small businesses keep many of our neighbors employed. Supporting these local businesses, keeping career centers staffed to assist those whom are unemployed, reducing the sales tax so businesses can afford to stay open and expanding the number of workforce training grants awarded to our community, will help pull us through this recession.
Kevin Begley (R)
Require positive ID to receive state benefits.This will at least keep the illegals out of Mass. Place Lawrence into receivership. This will hasten Lawrence's recovery and put more cops on the street sooner.