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Vice President

Massachusetts Municipal Councillors' Association
Phone: (617) ***-****  HQ Phone
Massachusetts Municipal Association
One Winthrop Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
United States

Company Description: In January 2008, the MMA produced an informational video/television program that presents the compelling case for a comprehensive state tax revenue-sharing policy....   more
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2008 MMA Board of Directors installed
www.mma.org, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Jonathan Hecht* MMCA Vice President
No Place For Denial: January 2009
www.noplacefordenial.com, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Councilor Jonathan Hecht told Curley, "By continuing to prevaricate and play these games between the national and local offices of the ADL, you are undermining the effort to prevent future genocides."
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=The Boston Globe reports on the MMA's decision to end its sponsorship No Place for Hate: "In a unanimous vote, the board of directors at the MMA, a nonprofit advocacy group for Massachusetts cities and towns, expressed 'strong disapproval' in the ADL for failing to unequivocally acknowledge the Armenian genocide at a national meeting last November, according to a statement released yesterday. 'We think this is an issue on which there can be no equivocation,' said Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown town councilor and member of the MMA's board of directors. 'My personal view,' he said, 'is that No Place For Hate is not credible as long as the ADL is unable to unequivocally recognize the genocide.'...The MMA's decision to do so yesterday will send a 'clear message' to communities that still welcome the program, said Sharistan Melkonian, chairwoman of the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts."
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=The Watertown Tab reports: "The co-sponsor of 'No Place for Hate' cut ties to the anti-bias program, delivering a stunning rebuke to the Anti-Defamation League over its position on the Armenian Genocide...Association board member Jonathan Hecht, a Watertown Town Councilor and key drafter of the statement withdrawing from 'No Place for Hate,' said the association did the right thing.'Despite the many good people at the ADL, what is more important is to be unambiguous about genocide, ' Hecht said. 'Unfortunately, the ADL is not unambiguous and that's not acceptable.' "
No Place For Denial: February 2008
www.noplacefordenial.com, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
Moreover, Town Councilor Jonathan Hecht not only sits on the Executive Committee of MMA's board, but is also vice president of the Massachusetts Municipal Councilors' Association, itself an MMA member.
What are Mr. Hecht and the other councilors doing about the MMA? Nothing?
If this was about Holocaust denial rather than Armenian Genocide denial, we all know what the MMA would have done.
The town of Watertown and Councilor Hecht should both withdraw from the MMA unless it follows through on its pledge to sever ties with ADL.
Hecht said quite plainly that ...
hbeeinc.billybobneck.com [cached]
Hecht said quite plainly that the whole council should be involved in writing, not just her.What's the problem with that?
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As if to test that hypothesis, Hecht and Sideris re-worked the proclamtion into a resolution that the other councilors approved.
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Hecht, a member of the MMA, spoke about the process the MMA was going through.While he supported a resolution he felt that he could not vote on it since "we got it 15 minutes ago and…."
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Hecht, who I believe to be the model of decorum, calmly finished his statement - We just received this.
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Jonathan Hecht made a motion for the Council to add its support for the bill.
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BUT - Hecht, very reluctantly, read a motion to pretty much stop talking about switching Watertown's pension fund over to the state pension fund.Hecht did not want to read it.He's four switching the pension fund.According to Hecht, if the money Watertown put into it's own pension fund had gone into the state's instead, we'd be up $9mil.
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"I'll second," pipes up Hecht.
"Don't try to placate me," she hisses.
"I'm not," says Hecht, "I think we should talk about this.
Hbee Inc. » Watertown
hbeeinc.com [cached]
Hecht said quite plainly that the whole council should be involved in writing, not just her. What's the problem with that?
...
As if to test that hypothesis, Hecht and Sideris re-worked the proclamtion into a resolution that the other councilors approved.
...
Hecht, a member of the MMA, spoke about the process the MMA was going through.
...
Hecht, who I believe to be the model of decorum, calmly finished his statement - We just received this.
...
Jonathan Hecht made a motion for the Council to add its support for the bill.
...
BUT - Hecht, very reluctantly, read a motion to pretty much stop talking about switching Watertown's pension fund over to the state pension fund. Hecht did not want to read it. He's four switching the pension fund. According to Hecht, if the money Watertown put into it's own pension fund had gone into the state's instead, we'd be up $9mil.
...
"I'll second," pipes up Hecht.
"Don't try to placate me," she hisses.
"I'm not," says Hecht, "I think we should talk about this.
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