Letter: Ottaviani for City Council

Originally published in Metrowest Daily News on October 27, 2019:

Phil Ottaviani has believed in (he is the vice president of our board of directors) and helped out Hoops and Homework, the after school programs for the most disadvantaged kids in Framingham, in so many ways.

When we were scrambling in the early days, to raise funds to get the program off the ground, Phil was there providing the know how to get the job done. The initial $81,000 grant from the town was used up and we had nothing. Phil was the most helpful person in getting the funding to restart the program.

And he has continually been a big supporter and cheerleader for Hoops and Homework ever since. Examples are a $5,500 grant from the 200 Foundation thanks to Phil, and his persuasion of the Framingham Business Assn. to become big contributors to our program. So Thanks in large part to Phil Ottaviani, Hoops and Homework is now in great financial shape and has sustainability for the future.

Phil will bring these same leadership and human qualities to the City Council. Please consider Phil’s personal compassion and empathy when you vote for your City Councilor. I believe that he will do a great job in this position. I have known Phil for many years. He is always among the first to volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, organize others to action, and resolve a conflict among neighbors.

Phil is respectful of diverse opinions, educates the public, studies the relevant issues and law, and acts in a professional manner. There are very, very few other people in our community more knowledgeable about our city than Phil Ottaviani.

Herb Chasan


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AFL-CIO of Central Mass. Endorses Ottaviani for District 6 City Councilor

Originally appeared in the Framingham Source on October 5, 2019

FRAMINGHAM – The Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has announced its endorsement of Phil Ottaviani for District 6 City Council in Framingham.

“As your next District 6 City Councilor and a proud union member for over 37 years, I remain committed to making sure Framingham continues to be a welcoming, affordable place our hardworking families to live as well as ensuring high standards in the workplace for municipal employees,” said Ottaviani. “I sincerely thank the Central Mass. AFL-CIO Central Labor Council for their endorsement of my candidacy for District 6 City Councilor.

Ottaviani has been a member of Laborers’ International Union of North America Local Union 609 since 1981.

The endorsement states: “The Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Central Labor Council is proud to endorse Philip Ottaviani, Jr., fellow union member and candidate for District 6 City Councilor in Framingham. Philip has a history of standing up for working people and we are confident that he will continue those efforts on the Framingham City Council.”

District 6 voters will have the opportunity to cast their vote in the final election on November 5.

To learn more about Phil Ottaviani, visit his website www.philforframingham.com and follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PhilforFramingham.


Source: https://framinghamsource.com/index.php/2019/10/05/political-corner-mass-alliance-calls-alvarez-a-rising-star-afl-cio-endorses-ottaviani-for-city-council/

Ottaviani Announces Candidacy for Framingham District 6 City Council

Published May 14, 2019 on the Framingham Source

FRAMINGHAM – Philip R. Ottaviani, Jr., local businessman and community activist, announces today his candidacy for City Council representing District 6.

“As someone who has seen how local government works from the inside, I am a committed collaborator who will build consensus and work towards common goals,” said Ottaviani. “Framingham will continue to face new challenges, but we need to work together to keep our city moving forward towards improvement and growth.”

A lifelong resident of Framingham, Ottaviani has been an active participant in the business, civic and community life of our community.

The experiences and lessons Phil has learned throughout his decades of service to Framingham will greatly inspire and influence his advocacy as District 6’s Councilor.

As Councilor, Ottaviani is committed to:

  • Supporting our public schools: As the father of a student at Walsh Middle School, Phil is proud of our schools and deeply believes we need to continue our commitment strong school system, that provides a quality education for all of our students, regardless of school or neighborhood.
  • Strengthening community organizations: Ottaviani knows how important community organizations are to the fabric of our community. Phil will continue to network and assist their ability to achieve their missions.
  • Keeping our community affordable: Rising property taxes, and water and sewer rates, are causing our seniors and families to leave Framingham. Phil will bring all stakeholders, from senior groups to small businesses, together to talk about our budget and hold our government accountable to produce a budget in an open and transparent process.
  • Supporting our small businesses and Downtown Framingham: Our government needs to do more to support and encourage the growth of our local small businesses, while seeking new opportunities for new business to establish themselves in Framingham. As Downtown continues to grow and change, Ottaviani is committed to supporting efforts for a vibrant and diverse Downtown.

Ottaviani is a proud member and supporter of many local Framingham organizations, including the Framingham Business Association, Framingham Rotary Club and Saint Bridget School Advisory Board.

He is the President of the 200 Foundation and a Board member of Hoops and Homework.

Ottaviani has served Framingham, including 25 years as a Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 11, and a member Framingham Economic Revitalization Task Force and the Community Development Block Grant Committee.

Ottaviani has been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, currently serving as chair, for nearly 20 years.

Recognizing it is time for others to serve and give back to their communities, Ottaviani has removed his name from consideration for reappointment to the ZBA.

Ottaviani’s family roots run deep in Framingham. He attended Framingham Public Schools, Marian High School, Boston College and Southern New England School of Law. He is married to Valerie, and the proud father of Julia.

To learn more about Phil, please follow his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilforFramingham/

Ted Cosgrove, Former Town Meeting Member

Letter: Ottaviani for City Council

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I endorse Phil Ottaviani for District 6 City Council.

For the past eight years I have had the honor of serving with Phil on the Zoning Board witnessing firsthand the amazing job he has done for the Town as ZBA chairman. With humor, patience and tremendous skill, Phil convinces the big developers to address town and resident concerns; everyone gets a chance to be heard and no one runs a better public meeting.

However, it is even more impressive to watch Phil work with the smaller, immigrant businesses in town helping them come into compliance so that they too can share in the American Dream. Zoning Board issues can be complex and highly charged, Phil Ottaviani provides a forum for civic engagement that is as open and honest as one could possibly hope for in a public process. You can be very comfortable that the new city government will be in good hands with Phil on the council.

Phil has also been a Town Meeting member for many years providing insight and impact on hundreds of issues. No one will work harder for our district or the town and I ask you to please vote for Phil in the primary election in September and again in November.

Ted Cosgrove

Former TMM and Chair, Precinct 11

Jennifer Ryan, Town Meeting Member:

September 1, 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am writing to you today in support of Phil Ottaviani for District 6 City Council.  This fall Framingham will hold its first election since voting to become a city and we need strong, capable, dedicated and knowledgeable community members to lead us through this important transition.

Phil Ottaviani is a life-long resident of Framingham and has chosen to remain here, do business here, raise his family here and volunteer countless hours to make Framingham the best it can be.

I have known Phil for a long time and believe him to be a strong advocate for Framingham.  I won’t list every organization he belongs to, but I encourage you to go to his website www.philforframingham.com and see the depth of service he gives to Framingham every day.  Phil has a vested interest in making the City of Framingham work for all the citizens.  While he can only represent District 6 (formerly precinct 10 & 11), he is determined to make sure that the new City form of government works for everyone whether you live in his District or not.  Phil has the vision to make sure this new form of government transforms Framingham into a more efficient, more effective and more economical place to live.

Phil believes that in order to remain a wonderful place to live, Framingham needs to take care of our youngest members by strengthening our educational system and oldest members by making sure their needs are met and not forgotten.   Those of us in between will benefit from his belief in strong economic development and his ability to work with people on both sides of every issue.

This is an important time for Framingham.  It is a time when community members need to vote for those that can work with people on both sides of the issues.  It is a time when ever member’s voice is important and needs to be heard.  It is a time when we have an opportunity to move this City into the 21st century and Phil Ottaviani can help us to do that.

I encourage you to vote in the fall elections and to vote for Phil Ottaviani.




Jennifer Ryan

Town Meeting Member

Precinct 11

School Committee Member Ricky Finlay:

FRAMINGHAM – I enthusiastically endorse Phil Ottaviani for District 6 Council (Precinct 10 & 11).

I have known Phil almost all of my life. What I can tell you about Phil is that he loves Framingham and has been active in Framingham helping out all his life to make it a better place to work, play and live. He chose to stay here and raise his family.

Phil has supported you on Town Meeting for the past 25 years. He is a listener and cares deeply about the neighborhoods and what is happening. I had the pleasure of serving with Phil on Town Meeting and can tell you it didn’t matter what Precinct you were from he was all in when it was about protecting a neighborhood or neighborhood issues.

Phil has always been a strong supporter of the schools and not afraid to advocate to keep them strong.

Phil has never backed away and has always been there.

He supported the senior center for our seniors, the Bowditch and Loring arena projects.

I also served with Phil on the board of Hoops and Homework. I witnessed firsthand his kindness, generosity and passion for the program and its kids.

In closing, we need someone like Phil in this transition who knows Framingham, who listens and brings District 6 ideas and problems forward.

One of Phil’s strongest qualities is he is not afraid to ask the tough questions to be sure the city is run efficiently for our residents and taxpayers.

- Ricky Finlay
School Committee Member

State Representative Chris Walsh:

FRAMINGHAM – State Rep. Chris Walsh is endorsing Phil Ottaviani for City Council in District 6.

Voters will vote for one of four candidates in District 6 in a preliminary election on Sept. 26. The two candidates with the highest votes will move on to the final election on November 7, where voters will elect the City of Framingham’s first City Council.

“Framingham needs a Council, made up of members who can not only listen to but actually process multiple side sof complex issues that face our community,” said State Rep. Chris Walsh. Over many years, as the chair of the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, Phil has impressed me as a person who can do just that, always treating  people and businesses with respect an an open mind. I believe he would represent his district extremely well.”

- Chris Walsh