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Mayor Ruais Statement on Board of Mayor and Aldermen Vote to Ban Camping and Strengthen Enforcement of City Ordinances

Published: 07/03/2024

Mayor Ruais Statement on Board of Mayor and Aldermen Vote to Ban Camping and Strengthen Enforcement of City Ordinances

MANCHESTER, NH - Mayor Jay Ruais issued the following statement today regarding Tuesday’s BMA vote to ban camping in the city and provide more resources to the Manchester Police Department:

“With the recent opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson case, I am pleased the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 12-2 to strike “sunrise to sunset” in Section (A) and all of Section (B) from City Ordinance 130.13 to ban camping and otherwise make our streets safe, clean, and passable.”

“We must address this challenge in a comprehensive way, and we have already undertaken 11 initiatives to address the underlying drivers of homelessness and the need for more affordable housing in our city. If an individual wants and needs help, it is available. However, anyone choosing to ignore our ordinances or break the law, will be subject to the applicable legal consequences.”

“Toward this end, I asked for and the BMA voted nearly unanimously to transfer $500,000 to the Manchester Police Department for the purpose of providing regular police details at our city parks and adjacent areas to provide a consistent law enforcement presence to deter and penalize illegal activity. There is no doubt that this action will benefit our residents, visitors, and the business community who wish to enjoy our public spaces. I thank the BMA for taking this immediate action to support these measures which will help secure our parks and our city.”  

 

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Mayor Ruais statement on ReGen receiving $44M from the U.S. Commerce Dept.

Published: 07/02/2024

Mayor Ruais statement on ReGen receiving $44M from the U.S. Commerce Dept.

MANCHESTER, NH – Mayor Jay Ruais issued the following statement on the U.S. Commerce Department sending $44 million in funding to ReGen:

   “This is the continuation of Manchester’s story. In the 19th century, the Queen City’s textile mills led the world in production. Now, ReGen is writing our next chapter as a leader in the bioeconomy. While technologies may change, Manchester remains a major force in cutting edge manufacturing. Today’s investment in ReGen by the U.S. Commerce Department is another indicator of Manchester’s strength in the regenerative science industry and I could not be prouder. The $44 million in federal funding announced today by Deputy Secretary Graves is an incredible opportunity for ReGen to push the country’s bioeconomy to even greater heights. The city will do everything in its power to support this initiative and we’re excited to learn more about what this new funding means for not only Manchester, but for New Hampshire and the rest of the nation as well.” 

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Mayor Ruais’ statement on passage of FY2025 City Budget

Published: 06/18/2024

Mayor Ruais’ statement on passage of FY2025 City Budget

New $189.8M city spending plan is balanced, 2.17% under tax cap

MANCHESTER, NH - Mayor Jay Ruais issued the following statement tonight regarding the passage of the city budget for FY2025:

   “Since the beginning of my term, I have been clear about the difficult nature of this budget cycle. Though we started in a $10.6 million hole, I’m proud that we made some difficult decisions to reduce spending in places, and address soaring costs in areas like healthcare without compromising city services.”

   “Despite very real fiscal constraints we were still able to invest millions into our roads, sidewalks and parks. We funded important public safety programs like Shot Spotter and Fusus, while protecting ten police officer positions currently funded by an expiring federal grant. And our support continued for local community partners working to address homelessness, addiction and mental health challenges. Previously, we approved $227.9 million for our schools, a compromise amount, that represents the largest ever appropriated.”

   “Our success in passing a fiscally responsible budget that’s 2.17% under the city’s tax cap is a victory for Manchester residents. I want to thank Alderman Long and those who worked diligently to construct and support passage of this compromise agreement. We now have a budget for FY2025 that will support Manchester’s most important needs and set the city up for long term success.”

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Mayor Ruais announces new collaboration with Continuum of Care and leadership team to tackle homelessness

Published: 06/17/2024

Mayor Ruais announces new collaboration with Continuum of Care

and leadership team to tackle homelessness

 

MANCHESTER, NH – As part of the city’s on-going commitment to reducing homelessness, Mayor Jay Ruais today announced new bi-weekly meetings with the leadership of the Continuum of Care to develop an action agenda to tackle specific aspects of homelessness.  Additionally, he announced the hiring of Irina Owens as Director of Homelessness Initiatives and the elevation of Owen Westover to the position of Homelessness Initiatives Coordinator.

     “Since my first day in office, I’ve made addressing homelessness in our city a top priority.  Tackling this complex challenge requires putting the right policies and teams in place, along with a willingness to shift gears when necessary to get the best results,” said Ruais. “I believe homelessness should be brief, rare and one time and must be addressed comprehensively. I have confidence our new level of collaboration with the Continuum of Care, along with Irina and Owen being in place, will generate the improvements we need going forward to increase safety, and quality of life while transforming life here in Manchester.”        

    Matt McCall, Chairman of the Continuum of Care and Vice President of Community Programs at the Home for Little Wanderers, echoed Ruais’ sentiments saying, "The only way we can tackle a complex challenge like homelessness in Manchester is through a collaborative and comprehensive approach that focuses on the unique needs of our city along with the proven strategies for reducing and ending homelessness. There are no quick or easy solutions but working in conjunction with the city and local stakeholders, we can plot a path to end this debilitating and costly challenge for the people of Manchester."

 

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Mayor Ruais Announces Town Halls in Wards 7 and 12

Published: 06/17/2024

Mayor Ruais Announces Town Halls in Wards 7 and 12

MANCHESTER, NH - Mayor Jay Ruais announced today he is holding two Town Halls this week:

Wednesday, June 19

Ward 7

Fire Station, 679 Somerville Street

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Ward 7 Aldermen Ross Terrio and School Board Member Chris Potter are invited

 

Thursday, June 20

Ward 12

Northwest Elementary School, 300 Youville Street

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Ward 12 Aldermen Kelly Thomas and School Board Members Carlos Gonzalez are invited  

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Mayor Ruais’s Statement on AMR’s latest overdose statistics

Published: 06/11/2024

Mayor Ruais’s Statement on AMR’s latest overdose statistics
City OD and fatality numbers are down, creating hopeful trend

MANCHESTER, NH – Mayor Jay Ruais issued the following statement regarding American Medical Rescue’s (AMR) latest report on overdoses in the city of Manchester:

   “AMR’s latest numbers regarding the opioid epidemic are very hopeful.  As a person in recovery, I know that addiction is a very challenging issue and one life lost is too many. While this is one month of data, I’m encouraged by the continued trend line showing we are on track to have 29% fewer suspected opioid overdoses and 14% fewer fatalities this year over last. This is an incredibly positive update, particularly if these numbers continue to hold. I want to thank Chris Stawasz and American Medical Rescue, our first responders and our Health Department for their continued efforts to address this issue, and save lives.”  

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Mayor Ruais Announces Compromise Changes to City of Manchester Procurement Code

Published: 06/06/2024 2:48 PM

Mayor Ruais Announces Compromise Changes to City of Manchester Procurement Code
Compromise will bring transparency and efficiency to process

MANCHESTER, NH – Mayor Jay Ruais today announced an important compromise agreement to the City of Manchester's procurement ordinances, developed in collaboration with the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont (ABC) and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council (NHBCTC).

“Last night, the BMA voted unanimously to direct city staff to draft an ordinance amendment based off the compromise we reached. This amendment exemplifies the collaborative spirit of effective governance," stated Mayor Ruais. "By bringing together diverse stakeholders, unions and industry, a solution has been crafted that will benefit our city, foster economic growth, and ensure fair practices in our procurement processes."

The compromise agreement addresses key issues in the procurement process, aiming to enhance transparency, efficiency, and inclusivity. It represents a balanced approach that takes into account the needs and perspectives of both the construction industry and the labor community.

"The partnership between ABC and the Building and Construction Trades Council demonstrates the power of dialogue and compromise," Ruais continued. "This is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together towards common goals. I deeply appreciate the work of both of these groups in coming together to hammer out this deal"

“We are grateful to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for being responsive to the requests of industry. The reforms today replace vagueness with clarity and measurable metrics. ABC’s contractors work every day to deliver quality projects safely and competitively in the community which they call home. We look forward to helping build Manchester’s bright future,” said Josh Reap, President & CEO, Associated Builders & Contractors, NH/VT Chapter.

David Spechuilli, President the NHBCTC added, “The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council works every day to lift New Hampshire workers and help them find good-paying jobs that will allow them to provide for themselves and their families. We believe that the amendments to Chapter 39 will not only protect the workers contracted to perform City construction contracts but also protect Manchester taxpayers. We would like to thank Mayor Ruais for bringing the stakeholders together to draft this amendment. We look forward to its passage and the opportunities it will bring to local workers and businesses. “

"I encourage all members of the Board of Aldermen to support this effort," Mayor Ruais concluded. "It is an important step forward for our city, illustrating that through cooperation and compromise, we can achieve meaningful progress that benefits everyone."

 

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Mayor Ruais statement regarding City Budget

Published: 06/06/2024 2:30 PM

Mayor Ruais statement regarding City Budget
BMA passes 7 out of 8 budget resolutions, sends record amount of $227.9M to schools

MANCHESTER, NH – Mayor Jay Ruais issued the following statement today regarding the status of the city’s budget:
     “Since the beginning of my term, I’ve remarked on the difficult nature of our current budget situation.  It’s being driven by historically high COLA’s, a substantial increase to health care costs for city employees, a carried surplus debit from last year, and a significant increase to our overlay account.  In total, this represents a $10.6 million hole. Last night, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved 7 out of 8 budget resolutions with broad support. This includes $227.9 million for our schools, a compromise amount, that represents the largest ever appropriated. I look forward to working with the Board to discuss the remaining resolution, and am confident we will strike an agreement that will deliver results for our city, and our taxpayers, while setting Manchester up for success.”

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Mayor Ruais Announces Compromise Changes to City of Manchester Procurement Code

Published: 06/06/2024

Mayor Ruais Announces Compromise Changes to City of Manchester Procurement Code
Compromise will bring transparency and efficiency to process

MANCHESTER, NH – Mayor Jay Ruais today announced an important compromise agreement to the City of Manchester's procurement ordinances, developed in collaboration with the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont (ABC) and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council (NHBCTC).

“Last night, the BMA voted unanimously to direct city staff to draft an ordinance amendment based off the compromise we reached. This amendment exemplifies the collaborative spirit of effective governance," stated Mayor Ruais. "By bringing together diverse stakeholders, unions and industry, a solution has been crafted that will benefit our city, foster economic growth, and ensure fair practices in our procurement processes."

The compromise agreement addresses key issues in the procurement process, aiming to enhance transparency, efficiency, and inclusivity. It represents a balanced approach that takes into account the needs and perspectives of both the construction industry and the labor community.

"The partnership between ABC and the Building and Construction Trades Council demonstrates the power of dialogue and compromise," Ruais continued. "This is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together towards common goals. I deeply appreciate the work of both of these groups in coming together to hammer out this deal"

“We are grateful to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for being responsive to the requests of industry. The reforms today replace vagueness with clarity and measurable metrics. ABC’s contractors work every day to deliver quality projects safely and competitively in the community which they call home. We look forward to helping build Manchester’s bright future,” said Josh Reap, President & CEO, Associated Builders & Contractors, NH/VT Chapter.

David Spechuilli, President the NHBCTC added, “The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council works every day to lift New Hampshire workers and help them find good-paying jobs that will allow them to provide for themselves and their families. We believe that the amendments to Chapter 39 will not only protect the workers contracted to perform City construction contracts but also protect Manchester taxpayers. We would like to thank Mayor Ruais for bringing the stakeholders together to draft this amendment. We look forward to its passage and the opportunities it will bring to local workers and businesses. “

"I encourage all members of the Board of Aldermen to support this effort," Mayor Ruais concluded. "It is an important step forward for our city, illustrating that through cooperation and compromise, we can achieve meaningful progress that benefits everyone."

 

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Manchester Mayor Jay Ruais Applauds State Senate Passage of HB 318 - PR Bail Reform Bill

Published: 05/24/2024 12:19 PM

Manchester Mayor Jay Ruais Applauds State Senate Passage of HB 318 - PR Bail Reform Bill

Manchester, NH - Mayor Ruais made the following statement after the State Senate passage of HB 318- PR Bail Reform:

“I commend the State Senate for their decisive action in passing HB 318, the PR Bail Reform bill. This legislation represents an important step forward in ensuring the safety and security of Manchester. Last week, I joined the Manchester Police Department Downtown Walking Patrol who continue to express the importance of passing PR Bail Reform.

Throughout the legislative process, I have consistently urged the legislature to prioritize the passage of bail reform legislation. We simply cannot afford to allow individuals charged with serious offenses to be released onto the streets to reoffend. Public safety must always remain our top priority. This legislation is needed now more than ever. Last Monday, a suspect was arrested after shooting at two people from a moving car, at the time of the incident, that suspect was out on bail. And, the latest data states that over the last 12 months, there were 4328 arrests with 27% out on bail at the time of the new arrest. 40% of individuals in our city arrested year to date have been released on PR bail. This is entirely unacceptable.

There is a balance to be struck between justice and rehabilitation, but we cannot compromise when it comes to the safety of our citizens. Our citizens deserve nothing less than assurance that their safety is non-negotiable. This legislation provides us with a critical opportunity to prioritize safety, accountability, and justice. It is essential that we work together, across party lines, to ensure our communities are protected and that justice is served.

I extend my sincere gratitude to the State Senate for their dedication and commitment to the safety of our citizens. Their bipartisan support for this bill is a testament to the importance of this issue. I now ask both the House and the Senate to collaborate closely in order to reach the best possible outcome for our city and state.”

 

Background:

In the past 12 months (5.14.23 to 5.14.24) there were 4328 adult arrests with 27% out on bail at time of new arrest.

YTD there have been 1646 adult arrests with 669 (40%) released on PR Bail.

 

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