Alderman Robert Puente represents Milwaukee’s ninth district and previously served in the Milwaukee Police Department for 27 years.
Puente’s official biography notes that he rose to a captain and district commander during his long tenure with the Milwaukee Police, and credits these years as preparation for his work as an elected official. His bio also highlights his work developing the Operation Ceasefire Program to prevent gun violence and his efforts to improve police-community relations by hosting district open houses and establish daily foot patrols. As a liaison to the Anti-Graffiti Policy Committee, Puente also worked to decrease city vandalism.
Puente holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mount Senario College, is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and also graduated from the Police Staff & Command Program at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Milwaukee Community Safety Coalition and he has served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Police Athletic League.
First elected alderman in 2004, Puente was reelected in 2008 and won a narrow victory in 2012 over challenger Ray Harmon, who had publicly criticized Puente for refusing to participate in a debate.
In 2012, Puente has been encouraging the owner of the vacant Northridge Mall to demolish and clear the space for new development.
In 2011, Puente lost in his bid to only suspend a South Side nightclub’s tavern license for 60 days. Instead, the Common Council voted 10-5 to shut the club down completely.
In 2010, in response to a proposal to boycott Arizona because of its new immigration law, Puente urged Common Council members to delay taking any action until they had read Arizona’s law, which he argued had been misrepresented.
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2016 - January Continuing - $8,910 - 48 contributions
2015 - January Continuing - $650 - 3 contributions
Content referencing Robert Puente
News release from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Nik KovacNov 3rd, 2015 by Ald. Michael Murphy
Company plans to add more than 150 new jobs over the next five yearsAug 20th, 2015 by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Statement of Alderman Robert W. Puente May 22, 2015May 22nd, 2015 by Robert Puente
Milwaukee Public Library Invites Community Input on Proposed Mixed Use Development for Mill Road Library
Community Meetings Scheduled for February 26th and March 4thFeb 12th, 2015 by Milwaukee Public Library
Issues Request for Proposal for Forest Home and Mill Road LibrariesNov 5th, 2014 by Milwaukee Public Library
Statement of Alderman Robert W. Puente May 6, 2014May 6th, 2014 by Robert Puente
City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31 annually as a holiday observing the birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar E. Chavez.Mar 25th, 2014 by Ald. Tony Zielinski
Statement of Alderman Robert W. Puente March 5, 2014Mar 5th, 2014 by Robert Puente
Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for DeliveryFeb 24th, 2014 by Mayor Tom Barrett
I am compelled to respond to comments that are being made publicly regarding the Milwaukee Police Department.Oct 11th, 2012 by Robert Puente
Several Council members met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday (Sept. 28) to discuss concerns related to the Derek Williams case.Oct 2nd, 2012 by Milwaukee Common Council
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s recent investigations into the police department have misled the public about important facts relevant to the safety of our community.Jun 22nd, 2012 by Milwaukee Common Council
As part of resolution, 071488, a portion of the street from S. Barclay St. – E. Pittsburgh Ave. to S. Water St./E. Seeboth St. will be rebuilt resulting in an improved environment in around the Fifth Ward neighborhood. Although a minor improvement to the physical infrastructure this should help spur further development in the area. Jeff Mantes, the Commissioner of Public Works, presented a communication regarding the recent news indicating the funding for the Milwaukee Connector study is longer available. Throughout the discussion Alderman Robert Bauman asked a series of specific questions of the Department of Public Works (DPW) to make it clear that the Common Council was not informed of the situation. He expressed his outrage by stating bluntly that “in my opinion this is a big deal”. He was quickly reinforced by Alderman Robert Puente‘s pointed remarks to DPW when he said “you’ll keep the Common Council in the dark until you need us”. In the end this file simply served to point the blame at DPW and allow the Common Council to put it on the record that they weren’t informed of the situation. Unfortunately the problem still exists and new mass transit options are further postponed until the situation can be resolved.Mar 8th, 2008 by Dave Reid
Resolution 071440, sponsored by Alderman Jim Bohl, requested an exception to city requirements that sidewalks be developed during the repaving of Good Hope Rd. It specifically requested that the area between 91st St. to 107th St. be excluded from the requirement because this area is more rural than urban. It was pointed out during the meeting that schools located on arterial roads without sidewalks require busing of students by law and therefore not installing the sidewalks will insure higher costs for Milwaukee Public Schools . Despite this Alderman Bohl’s Legislative Assistant Todd Peterson and Alderman Robert Puente argued that the people they represent don’t want sidewalks. The rest of the committee must of felt sidewalks are an important feature of an urban environment or considered the MPS issue significant as they placed the resolution on file. Resolution 071313 was the reintroduction of the contract agreeing to water sales between the City of Milwaukee and the Village of Menomonee Falls. During the last meeting the committee held the file because of amendments put forward by the Village of Menomonee Falls. Alderman Robert Bauman pointed out that the Village of Menomonee Falls would of been gaining new benefits but “they offered nothing in return”. Specifically the original resolution potentially could of allowed the Village on Menomonee Falls to sell some of their ground water across the divide by importing more Milwaukee water further encouraging suburban development by utilizing a City of Milwaukee resource. In response to these issues Alderman Bauman proposed the current resolution saying it has the “same terms and conditions” as well as the “same service area” as the existing contract. This resolution was approved by the committee and heads to the full Common Council for approval.Feb 15th, 2008 by Dave Reid