Rotrand seeks eighth mandate
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 11 juin 2009
Veteran city councillor Marvin Rotrand announced his intentions to run for an eight consecutive term in the November 1st elections. He has asked his Union Montréal party’s nomination in the Snowdon district of Côte-des-Neiges.
Rotrand strongly opposed the decision by the government of Quebec to allow a private casino on the Hippodrome site, formerly Blue Bonnets. The government eventually backtracked, opening up the possibility for redeveloping the land into affordable housing units.
Along with retiring city councillor Saulie Zajdel, Rotrand also helped secure $2.9 million in funding from the city of Montreal back in April to revamp Victoria Ave. by repaving the street, repairing sidewalks, and planting trees. Business owners will also be eligible to receive subsidies to make improvements to their storefronts.
Promoting cultural diversity, integration and harmonious relations between the myriad ethnicities that make up his district has been another concern close to his heart over the years. In the Victoria Ave. file, he is particu-larly proud that he got business owners from different ethnic communities to sit down and talk for the first time. Rotrand also supports various sports and cultural initiatives by cultural communities and often helps to secure funding for them from the borough at council meetings.
Union Montréal’s nominating convention for Côte-des-NeigesNDG will take place on June 29.
[ Iuliana Petrescu ]