Cannistraro thanks all

To the Residents of Lincoln;
To my family – thank you for putting up with me for the last three months.
To my friends and supporters – thank you all so much. I am very pleased at the strong showing, and couldn’t have done it without you.
To my friends, and others, who didn’t support me – thank you for voting. I value your friendship so much more than your vote.
To those who didn’t vote – please consider voting next time.  Everybody counts.
To the Route 2 folks – you deserve reliable sound data, and inclusive, meaningful support.
To the Town employees – thank you for the service you provide each day.
To the Board and Committee members- thank you for the incredible sacrifices you make.
To the School Committee – let’s work together.
To the “Preferred Option” Folks – let’s work together.
To the “Repair Folks – let’s work together.
To the COA – let’s work together.
To the RLF, LLCT – you folks do an outstanding job.  Thank you.
To those who want change – change is happening slowly.
To those who don’t want change – change is happening quickly.
To those heavily involved – hear the message and try to encourage different voices to step up.  The best music is sung by choirs with the widest range of singers.
To those not involved – remember, we all have a voice, and it’s our duty to offer its use.
To Peter Braun – thank you for braving the elements with me all day long.  I enjoyed our “off the record” conversations very much. It is readily apparent that your love for Lincoln runs through your veins.  You ran a great campaign, and I believe the entire community is better off for having a reason to become more involved.

I have enjoyed this entire experience immensely, and I look forward to the future.  I have learned so much, not only about “politics”, but also about this incredibly special community.  I hope we can each find some small way to keep the positive momentum alive and put it to good use for the benefit of us all.


Vin Cannistraro
15 Deer Run Road


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Neil Feinberg’s Lincoln Journal Endorsement letter

This letter also appeared in the Letters-to-editor section of the 3/27 issue of the Lincoln Journal :

I am writing to express my strong support for Vin Cannistraro for Selectman.

I watched Vin work last summer as part of the School Building Advisory Committee (SBAC) and was very impressed by the experience and knowledge he brought to the table.  His company helped build Gillette Stadium for the Patriots, so he knows a little bit about the construction biz.

His expertise would be vital, not only as it relates to the school building project, but it would also enable him to provide fresh ideas and perspectives for the Minuteman High School project, the Rt. 2 construction project and whatever ends up happening at Hanscom.  These are the major issues that will confront our town over the next three years.

But perhaps the thing I admire most about Vin is his fearlessness as an advocate.  Many times he was a lone voice on the SBAC recommending solutions that wouldn’t automatically cost $50 million.  This is the kind of leadership the town sorely needs.  Vin Cannistraro has shown that he is someone who will stand up for Lincoln as we navigate the troubled waters ahead.

I hope you’ll join me in voting for Vin Cannistraro for Selectman next Monday.

Neil Feinberg

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Why I quit the Lincoln Journal

You may have noticed that my column hasn’t appeared in the Lincoln Journal in recent weeks.  When you’re asked to write an opinion column, you hope that your point of view will be respected, or at least published.

However, when I wrote a column a few weeks ago endorsing Vin Cannistraro for Selectmen, the newspaper’s editor refused to print it.  You can read that censored column by scrolling down this page.

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I can’t write for any publication that won’t print what I write.

Luckily for me, there are other avenues of communication and I will continue to blog about Life & Politics in Lincoln right here.  Check back frequently and sign up for email notifications.


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Selectman candidate Cannistraro outlines issues facing Lincoln

(Selectman Candidate Vin Cannistraro outlines his take on the issues facing Lincoln and the reasons he’s running for Selectman)

Dear Town Residents:

My name is Vin Cannistraro, and I am running for Selectman. Here is a quick summary of what I see as areas of concern for the Town:

Better Process – Let’s leverage the talents and creativity of our Residents by encouraging more genuine inclusion and collaboration to identify and solve issues.  We should strive for a broader, more diverse range of volunteers, and utilize advisory subcommittees for a defined task with a more-modest time commitment.

Fiscal Prudence – We need to ensure that, with every dollar we spend, we are creating as much value for the Town as possible. More attention needs to be given to the totality of issues on the horizon. Just as we have collaboratively developed long-range plans for land and housing, we need to develop a long-rang plan now for capital expenditures.

Housing Values in Lincoln have declined considerably over the past decade, while those of our neighbors have fared much better by comparison. We should explore any underlying reason(s) for this, and discuss how we can improve.

Route 2 – The biggest Conservation Tragedy to befall Lincoln in over 50 years.  What’s more heart wrenching is that, although many thoughtful people worked tirelessly to develop clear protocol for selective removal of mature trees within the Construction Zone, this was not followed and the chainsaws ran wild. Town Leadership failed us all when we needed them most. We need to make this right.

School Building – We all care deeply about our children’s education, and know that something needs to be done. Let’s work together now in an open, honest and thoughtful manner. No matter what Project goes forward, Lincoln deserves 80% voter approval – then we know we did the right thing.

COA – We’ve paid for two studies already; now it’s time to act thoughtfully. Work with and support the COA as they develop and present detailed, long-term options to the Town. In the meantime, spend a very modest sum now to address legitimate Privacy/Dignity and Safety concerns at Bemis Hall.

The Two Hanscoms The Base is a good neighbor, and we need to do all we can to ensure its viability. However, we need a well-crafted Contingency Plan for a variety of scenarios for potential change. Also, unmitigated growth at the Airport represents a significant threat, and we should be diligent in fighting this at every step.

I may be reached by phone (1726) or email (, to answer your questions.




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