You may now call him Precinct 1 Councilor Richard Ferrino.
The Town Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to have Ferrino fill out the remaining term of Precinct 1 Councilor Michael McDuffee who died in January. â€œIâ€™m very pleased the majority of the council voted on my behalf,â€ Ferrino said. â€œI looking forward to convincing the other councilors that I am up to the task and I will perform in a manner that will make them change their minds.â€
The other candidate was Licensing Board member Nick Bracy. Councilors Heather Engman, Michael Lucerto and Nick LoConte preferred Bracy.
â€œIâ€™m glad Nick put his name into the hat,â€ Ferrino said adding that public service has its ups and downs. â€œItâ€™s all part of a growing experience in government.
For his own constituents in Precinct 1 heâ€™d like to hold some meetings and address a few things that have been overlooked.
Ferrino has been active in town affairs for a number of years and grew up calling Winthrop home.
He will serve out the remainder of the 2019 season. There will be an election in November to determine who will serve the remaining two years of the term.
Ferrino is the son of Judge Joseph Ferrino.
Ferrino, 57, has lived in Precinct 1 for the past 30 years, and is employed as the assistant chief of probation in Salem Court.
He has been active in town affairs over the years with the Historical Commission (chairman at one time), Parks and Recreation, the Memorial Committee and the Winthrop Housing Authority.
He also worked on the townâ€™s Capital Improvements Committee, the Dalrymple School Reuse Study, the E.B. Newton Reuse Committee. He was also a Town Meeting member for over 25 years. He currently serves on a UMass-Lowell Advisory Board for Humanities and Science. Ferrino is a member of the Freedom Foundation and served on the Dom Savio Prep School board.