Michael Maloney was raised in Plainville, moved to New York City for business and settled in Easton three years ago for the “terrific location, reputation, and school system.
“My wife, Johnna, and I instantly fell in love with Easton and want to contribute to its future success,” he says.
A trial lawyer with a law practice in Attleboro, Maloney is treasurer of the Bristol County Bar Advocates. He serves on the Easton Capital Planning Committee and he is making his second bid for selectman in as many years.
He says he loves “adrenaline activities” and does as many adventure races as possible every year. He and Johnna hope to have their “wingsuit-skydiving” licenses in the next year.
What is there about your background or personal style that makes you the best candidate for the job?
I employ a utilitarian perspective whenever I encounter a dilemma and ensure decisions are based
on facts, not emotions. Inevitably, there will always be individuals that do not share my opinion
But I always keep an open mind and welcome discussion with individuals whose opinions differ
from my own.
What do you consider the biggest challenge facing the town over the next three years?
First and foremost, I think a conservative approach to spending should be implemented
immediately. Additionally, the town needs its own veterans’ agent. A substantial void was left when former Easton Veteran’s Agent Steve Nolan retired. Rather than replacing Nolan, Easton joined Mansfield, Foxboro, and Norton in the Crossroads Veterans Services District (CVSD). These four towns have only two agents representing 100 percent of their collective interests. Joining CVSD, however, did not yield any financial savings to Easton. It adversely affected the agent veteran relationship of Easton’s servicemen as agents now have less time to spend with each
veteran. I intend to champion the initiative to bring back a dedicated Veterans’ Agent to Easton.
The train is another hot issue. I do not support the commuter rail project and will advocate against the construction of the rail through Easton. I would, however, mitigate the impact of the train to local homeowners should it ultimately make its way through town. Specifically, I’d ensure
1) Homeowners are adequately compensated for any resulting loss in intrinsic home value, 2)
Soundproofing barriers are utilized while 3) Safety remains the utmost priority.
Lastly, resulting traffic from the train station could overwhelm the area. Additional research needs to be conducted to determine what steps would, hypothetically, need to occur in order to mitigate
If you could accomplish one thing in your first term as a selectman, what would that be?
As mentioned above, I’d incorporate a fiscally conservative approach to spending. We simply cannot continue spending without considering long-term unintended collateral consequences.
Are you satisfied with the relationship between Stonehill College and the town and the college’s current payment in lieu of taxes?
Despite a slight uptick in the progress made between the town and Stonehill recently, the college still necessitates approximately $70,000 dollars of Easton’s resources every year protecting students and faculty. This needs to be addressed so as to minimize, if not totally negate, Easton’s financial burden. The Norton-Wheaton relationship paints a very different picture of what an appropriate school-town relationship should emulate and is what I would strive for as selectmen.