In Depth: City Government


City Hall.

Abreu wins New Bedford council presidency in 6-5 vote

Derek Baptiste, Naomi Carney, Maria Giesta and newcomers Shane Burgo and Ryan Pereria, along with Abreu himself, voted for Abreu. Hugh Dunn, Scott Lima, Brad Markey, Linda Morad and Gomes himself voted for Gomes.


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2021 New Bedford city election results

Voters in Ward 6 ousted the president of the City Council Tuesday, as Ryan Pereira, a newcomer to city politics, handily defeated six-term incumbent Councilor Joe Lopes. Turnout in the city’s first election without a mayor’s race on the ballot was a paltry 10.8%. In the other closely contested ward race, two-term incumbent Brad Markey…


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New Bedford sewage treatment plant in the South End.

Shocking sewer and water bills on tap for New Bedford

New Bedford has lost an $11 million state Revolving Fund grant for this year’s work, and it could incur fines of up to $56,000 a day, plus legal costs, according to a letter from city infrastructure chief Jamie Ponte.

Inside Capitol Theatre.

The $64.7 million question

Possible uses for the city’s pandemic relief aid include Zeiterion fix-up, water and sewer upgrades, Capitol Theatre restoration.

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