Aside from just the usual concerns, however, there were a number of outlying issues which breached the light of day. One of the issues which came up during the meeting was a question regarding zoning laws within the City of Medford, parts of which are in Sciortino's district, specifically laws involving livestock. "Let's just say that there were six chickens in my living room," said a constituent who wanted to remain anonymous, presenting Sciortino with a decorated egg and also recommending her blog to him, concerning the chickens "which I don't have." "I'm afraid to raise too much fuss on the front end in case I get a flat-out no," the person said. "This is why I love my job," exclaimed Sciortino with a smile. "The range of issues that people have." Sciortino, who was sympathetic with the chicken enthusiast's determination, said he would look into the regulations.
Another issue involved Elizabeth Corea, whose status as a full-time "temp" at a state college was beginning to cause her worry about her retirement plan, which she feared she might be in fear of losing after working for fourteen years. Supporting an elderly mother and caught in the middle of union negotiations, Corea came to Sciortino hoping to gain clarity. Sciortino put her in contact with his office, recognizing the difficulties many state employees of varying status face and vowed to get to the bottom of the complex issue. As far as her health insurance premiums were concerned, however, Sciortino informed her that the Governor would be freezing premiums at 4.5% later this year.
Next up, Grace Kessenich of Somerville asked for help on a statewide issue. "There's this law I want changed, I don't know how to do it." The law, it turned out, involved the marriage and birth records of people born out of wedlock. Apparently upon receiving a marriage license, Kessenich, who took her mother's name, had all of her public records sealed as part of an archaic law, which is designed to protect the integrity of the family. "This is something we can address," replied Sciortino, chalking to problem up to "one of the oddities of having a state constitution that's been operating for a few hundred years." He recalled an overturning of a law in 2004, which prohibited Native Americans from stepping within the limits of the City of Boston.
Sciortino also answered questions regarding the Green Line Extension with constituents, a project he hopes will break ground this coming fall.
Reaction was overwhelmingly positive and those who were there were impressed with the sincerity and tenacity of the Representative. Said one constituent in attendance, "I'm glad that government is responsive, and that we have Representatives who are reaching out to the community to get our opinions."