LAWRENCE (CBS/AP) – The girlfriend of embattled Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua says she received federal fuel aid to heat a condo the two now share.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports
Lorenza Ortega, a $45,000-a-year City Hall employee, told the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover on Tuesday that she applied for and received the subsidy last year.

She did not say how much she collected.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Aid guidelines indicate the annual subsidy, paid to the energy provider, could be as high as $1,165.

She did not say when Lantigua, who makes around $100,000 a year, moved into her condo.

The mayor told city councilors last week he lives at an address where Ortega also lives.

The mayor did not return phone calls for comment. Wednesday afternoon he released a statement that read:

“On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, I learned for the first time that the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, LIHEAP Fuel Assistance Program had provided fuel assistance to 86 Boxford Street, which is now my residence. Ms. Lorenza Ortega, the owner of the property, took immediate steps to reimburse the program, and made all efforts to ensure that there will be no further issues.

Until this story was leaked to the press, I was completely unaware that any assistance was being provided to that address and apologize for any mistakes that were made. Now that this matter has been appropriately addressed, I will again turn my focus to all the pressing, critical issues facing the City.”

Lantigua has strongly denied recent published reports that said he was a target of a corruption investigation.

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Comments (29)
  1. Fred Sanford says:

    That’s a friggin Joke and the guy should be fired.

  2. sloopjohnB2 says:

    When is enough, enough? When will the governor and the Legislature do something about this guy? He is a thief. Where is the Attorney general? Why is the state subsidizing this kind of behavior in Lawrence? It’s no wonder that this state is in such sad shape. Shame on all of them.

  3. Lamont Sanford says:

    Dad – He’s elected. Can’t “fire” him until the next election.

  4. sean says:

    remove this clown from office and lock him up…he’s more crooked than most politicians

  5. Ed Dracut says:

    Now I know why i can’t get any assistance. I don’t have the right ethnic background.

    1. Monica says:

      I don’t think ethnicity has much to do with it, more like who you know ;)

    2. DON says:

      so true, but be careful , you may be called a BIGOT

  6. taxedout says:

    Hey We gave him More money not so long ago, he has to spend it on something right??? The Thieves on the Hill taking care of one of thier own!!! Time for Martha Come lately to show up!!!

  7. response says:

    something is just not right, she is stealing from the poor.
    If she makes 45,000 per year, she does not qualify for assistance.

  8. Dianne says:

    These is so much fraud. Food stamps should really be investigated too. This Mayor should be recalled, he is a joke. Bet the girlfriend will get an ear full for saying this.

  9. Wow says:

    Where is the Attorney General…HELLLOOOO! Someone should be investigating this. I can only imagine what other types of assistance he has received. Maybe he gets a rental subsidy too. Time to suspend him until all of these accusations to date are investigated…and paid back!

  10. Ed says:

    I’ll bet she gets more than heating assistance. This clown is a joke, he needs to give his resignation.

  11. Patrick says:

    When this man tried to keep both his House seat, and retain the office of Mayor, a red flag should have gone up immediately. At least other politicians here in MA have the decency of better concealing their corruption. :)

  12. Monica says:

    Is anyone really suprised?? Look at most of the politicians in this state!!! SMH….

  13. jaygee says:

    He is a mayor and she is a city hall worker with a combined income of $145,000 and yet she didn’t know that it was wrong to ask for fuel assistance that is supposed to help the poor? What we got here….is a couple of thieves who really know all of the angles. Lawrence finally gets a Hispanic mayor and he turns out to be worse than his predecessor. How long will this clown be allowed to remain in his position before somebody runs him out of Dodge?

  14. DrStrangelove says:

    Any of you actually live up here in Lawrence? This city is a sewer. The car insurance rates are through the roof because of all the car thefts (gangs compete for stolen vehicles, and a pal of mine used to work in one of the hudnreds of “overlooked because we pay people off” chop-shops), and the rents are as high as they are in neighboring Andover, North Andover, and almost-as-sewer-like Methuen. IT’S A JOKE. “Everything free in America, Okay by me in America, Lantigua mayor in America, Ripping off Welfare? AMERICA!!!!”

  15. emom says:

    I knew something more would could out about this guy,,, and he knows of this…his girlfriend is taking advantage of the system WHAT A HUGE SURPRISE THAT IS…… just another entitled, self centered person that believes they are owed stuff….How do you both feel about taking heat from babies,,,,,, YEAH thats right keep on taking meanwhile seniors go with out so much and children go to bed hungry for days… the only meal they manage to get is at school for free….. selfish you to are…. SELFISH

  16. patch says:

    he’s a dem thats all that count in he is a minority.he is a crook,but can do no wrong.

  17. CitizenofLaw says:

    Where is that petition that was going around to get this guy out of office, I’ll sign it in a heartbeat. Oh wait, he uses his corrupt ways to intimidate those who would dare put their names on anything against him. Piece of turd!!

  18. Prisoneroflawrence says:

    Piece of turd!!

  19. emom says:

    Is there a large toilet to flush this turd….. I can not believe this guy has the gall to even think this is ok… I bet there is plenty of folks in lawrence that cant get any assistance because he gave it to his selfish girlfriend….. Imean look at her,, she looks like she is dressed real nice, doesnt look like she needs help,,,, OH wait it was gifts from him…. ah wait more like gifts from the tax payers of lawrence….. yeah flush this turd straight to hell. nowhere

  20. UncleTito72 says:

    I’m hispanic.Born and raised. And I live in Lawrence, and I don’t approve this behavior. I would have never voted for Lantigua, but I have to say that this behavior is not related to his ethnicity. Crooked is crooked, period. Wether you are white, black, yellow, green, brown… The truth is, that when minorities act like this, it is somehow magnified by our filters. But these crimes are common in strictly white communities. They just do a better job at covering it up.

    1. jaygee says:

      Uncle T. you are 100% correct. We had Billy Bulger, Tom Finneran, Dianne Wilkerson and to round out the ethnic list,Sal Dimasi who is now before the judge & jury. AS with anyone who takes advantage of his or her position, Lantigua should be helping the people of Lawrence as he said he would and not helping himself & his galpal to the spoils of victory. Remember, an honest politician is like a trustworthy burglar.

  21. Denise says:

    What a piece of work! this is out and out stealing! no excuses! But there are some that seem to get away w/ whatever they want – there is so much corruption in the local state and city governments – it will only get worse unless someone starts making people responsible for their actions. And w/ the court systems so tied up w/ frivolous lawsuits that the real crimes take forever to prosecute – so who cares… nothing will happen if they’re caught for years!!! sick sick sick!

  22. taxedout says:

    My folks in thier 80’s paying 600 a month for oil, while this stuff goes on. Give the Gov a call and complain, that is if he’s back from his Book Tour!!!!

  23. Bennyfrom the Bronx says:

    She should be fired for her illegal actions and then she will be eligible for the fuel assistance she so desires.

  24. DrStrangelove says:

    UncleTito is my new hero. I hope you’re one of my neighbors up here, Tito. You sound like a reasonable guy. I wish you were mayor, instead. Seriously!

  25. ireland60 says:

    Lantigua has to go Lantigua & Ortega have been together for a few years but Lantigua is still married to 2nd wife Myra Lantigua is has a seat on the Lawrence licensing board. Lantigua was fooling around w/ Ortega while he was a state rep & used Frank Bonet’s officice @ Lawrence City Hall for trysts Bonet is a Lantigua rumpswab & personal director for the City of Lawrence. For the longest time Lantigua has “Claimed” he lives @ 200 Common Street Lawrence This address is Lawrence City Hall Love Michele McPhee’s show Thank You Michele for keeping the taxpayers up to date on Willy’s latest antics.

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