January 10, 2017
By THOMAS GRILLO
LYNN — There’s new leadership on the Lynn City Council. Ward 3 Councilor Darren Cyr was unanimously elected president while Councilor-at-Large Buzzy Barton notched the vice president post.
In a short speech, Cyr recalled his father, the late David Cyr, a former city councilor who served in the 1970s.
“I wish my dad were here,” he said. “I’ve tried to follow in his footsteps. He was the kind of guy you could always depend on. He taught me to stand by your word.”
Cyr also praised outgoing president Daniel Cahill, and called him an “extremely unbelievable” council president.
“Me and Dan have had some rocky times over the years, like in a marriage,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot from Dan, I hope he’s learned some things from me. I’ve come to respect him and call him a friend. He’s done the council and the city proud and always strives to do the right thing.”
Cyr presented Cahill with a framed watercolor of City Hall on behalf of the council.
“Darren Cyr is a perfect example of how a councilor should do his job, and it’s really touching that he mentioned his father,” Cahill said. “I hope one day my son could say something like that about me. Congratulations.”
In other business, the council amended an ordinance that will increase fines for false alarms for the first time in seven years.
Under the new measure, the first two false alarms are forgiven. But a third will cost home and commercial property owners $100, up from $50. And it increases from there with $200 for the fourth, up from $150, and $300 for five or more.
Thomas Grillo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.