City tells longtime Gloucester activist activist to stay away from 2 city officials

578ed875a3034.imageLongtime Gloucester activist Susanne Altenburger has been told by the city’s lawyer that she can no longer contact two of its officials by phone. And if she wants a face-to-face meeting with them, a city police officer must also be present. General counsel Charles “Chip” Payson notified Altenburger of the policy earlier this month in two letters sent on behalf of Economic Development Director Sal Di Stefano and Fisheries Commission Director Al Cottone. The letters came after Di Stefano and Cottone were granted harassment prevention orders against Altenburger on June 24. The court orders — which barred Altenburger from any contact with Di Stefano and Cottone for two weeks — were vacated by Judge Joseph Jennings III on July 8, after neither man showed up to press for a renewal.Both men said in sworn affidavits that Altenburger, an outspoken advocate for boat building and other issues regarding Gloucester’s harbor and working waterfront, made them fear for their safety. In his affidavit, Di Stefano said he believes Altenburger owns a gun and has a concealed-carry permit, a charge she denies. Read the story here 14:09

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