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Governor Baker Calls for Increased Penalties for Assaulting Police Officers:
Files legislation to make assaulting an officer and causing serious bodily harm a felony
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today filed legislation to strengthen court procedures and increase the penalty for individuals charged with assaulting a police officer from a misdemeanor to a felony when causing serious bodily harm. The bill proposes changes that would give the courts an enhanced ability to deal with individuals who have demonstrated a flagrant disregard for law enforcement and who pose a threat to public safety.
"Police officers have difficult and dangerous jobs and the current law does not allow for adequate penalties for those who assault officers and cause them serious, harm," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We owe it to law enforcement and to the community at large to appropriately recognize the seriousness of such assaults and seek a penalty that is in line with the gravity of such an offense."
"An attack on a police officer is an attack on the rule of law, and our system should have a proportional response available to deal with such individuals," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "People who attack law enforcement must be aware that such actions will not be taken lightly in the Commonwealth."
"Being able to hold someone who has committed a serious assault on a police officer would be a significant step toward keeping dangerous individuals off the streets as they await trial," said Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett.
The proposed legislation would make three changes in the way that courts could respond to people who commit assaults and batteries on police officers.
First, in cases where the person causes serious bodily injury to the police officer, the penalty will be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony and the maximum sentence will be increased to ten years in state prison. The current maximum is set at two and a half years.
Second, in cases where an individual causes serious bodily injury to a police officer, judges will be precluded from continuing the case without a finding, placing the defendant on probation, or giving the defendant a suspended sentence. These are not appropriate punishments when a person breaks a police officer's jaw or arm, blinds an officer, or causes an injury that result in a substantial risk of death. Instead, judges will be required to impose a sentence of at least one year of incarceration in cases involving this sort of serious injury.
Finally, the governor's bill would allow judges to consider whether individuals charged with this offense present a danger to the community and, in appropriate cases, hold the person pretrial. Under current law, judges are required to release a person charged with assaulting a police officer in the line of duty without considering whether that person is a danger to the community. While not every person who commits this offense necessarily presents a danger to the community such that he or she should be held pretrial, the nature of the offense is such that a court should at least be permitted to ask the question.
If You See Something, Say Something Campaign for the Summer of 2016:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that summer of 2016 is coming around in the corner to enjoy a beautiful weather such as: bright sunshine and blue skies in our community here in the City of Quincy.
Since the tragedy with a massacre shooting in Orlando, Florida, the public health, safety, security and transportation are number one top priority to keep everyone safe and sound throughout this summer season kickoff here in the City of Quincy.
The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will continue to work very closely with our counterparts from: Quincy Fire Department, Quincy Police Department, Brewster Ambulance, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department, Massachusetts Environment Police Department, Norfolk County Sheriff Department, Braintree Police Department, Braintree Fire Department, Boston Fire Department, Boston Emergency Medical Services, Boston Police Department, Weymouth Fire Department, Weymouth Police Department, Milton Fire Department, Milton Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff Department throughout the day and night in the order to keep the peace and keep the community safe and sound.
We are extremely encouraging the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public should be remain in the vigilant throughout the day and night around in the public places and public transit areas right here in the City of Quincy.
We are asking the public to report for any suspicious activities or packages, please dial 911 for an emergency only or use a mobile app devices: MBTA See Say app, MassSP app or MYPD app to submit online directly to the law enforcement agencies immediately.
If anyone who needs an assistance for the fire or medical emergency, please dial 911 to connect directly to the Fire Department and/or Emergency Medical Services throughout the day and night.
50 Days of Freedom begins on June 11, 2016 through July 30, 2016:
Starting with the City of Quincy's Signature Flag Day Celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016, Discover Quincy is partnering with many local organizations to showcase Quincy's arts and culture, community, educations, historic and recreational assets. Each day will feature at least one free event, while some events may accept donations and others may have an admission fee.
Programs partners include: Adams National Historic Park, Adams Crypt at United First Parish Church, Arts Affair Marina Bay, Blue Hill Adventure & Quarry Museum, Dorothy Quincy Homestead, Dragonfly Theater, Friends of the Blue Hills, Friends of Thomas Crane Library, Friends of Wollaston, Independent Artists, John Adams Health Walk, Josiah Quincy House, Quincy Art Association, Quincy bay Race Week Association, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Quincycles, Quincy Choral Society, Quincy Farmers Market, Quincy Historical Society, Quincy Militia, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, South Shore School of Theater, USS Salem and more details coming soon!
Program funding support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Arts Grant Program.
For more information about the 50 Days of Freedom events: CLICK HERE.
Permanent Quincy Center Change begins on Friday, June 24, 2016:
Switch-over work will require detours starting at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016
The permanent transformation of traffic patterns in Quincy Center -- eliminating four lanes of traffic in front of the historic Church of the Presidents -- will take place beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Contractors must move barriers, paint new traffic lines, and turn on new traffic signals -- which will require detours in the Hancock Street area between Dimmock Street, Coddington Street, Washington Street and Granite Streets from 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 until about 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
When the change takes effect, vehicular traffic will no longer travel in front of the historic First Parish Church, which is home to the crypts of John and Abigail Adams and John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams. The change will for the first time allow two-way traffic around the Church, which is not only expected to improve traffic flow but dramatically improve pedestrian access in the area.
The change sets the stage for the second phase of the Adams Green park project by creating a new open space directly in front of the church. Construction on park infrastructure is underway.
A map of the traffic changes can be viewed here, and here are the highlights:
* Hancock Street between the McIntyre Mall and pas the Church, City Hall and the Hancock Cemetery becomes a public space and no longer open to vehicular traffic.
* Hancock Street will take Southbound travelers around the back of the Church to go straight on Washington Street, left on Coddington Street or right on Temple Street and back toward Hancock Street and Granite Street.
* Northbound travelers will go around the Church on Temple Street with no changes in the traffic pattern.
* There will also be no changes in the traffic pattern for travelers on Washington Street heading North toward Hancock Street.
* Westbound drivers on Coddington Street can take the existing right-hand turn past President's Place and onto Hancock Street or can travel straight through the light onto Temple Street and toward Hancock Street.
Get Your Bricks!!!:
First set of Walk of names pick-up days on June 22, 24 and 25
With a new Walk of Names returning to City Hall as part of the Hancock-Adams green project, original engraved bricks will be available for pick-up at Quincy Park Department Headquarters: 1 Merrymount Parkway on the following days:
* Wednesday, June 22, 2016: from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
* Friday, June 24, 2016: from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Saturday, June 25, 2016: from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Donors may call or e-mail with their name and requested brick to arrange for pick-up of the original bricks at one of the above days and times. General walk-in pick-up during the times listed below is allowed, however, please leave time for sorting.
Please call or e-mail ahead to ensure that your brick is ready. Call: (781) 613-0627 or e-mail: QuincyBricks@gmail.com.
Further dates and times for brick pick up will also be announced.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Primary Election Results:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Quincy's Election Headquarters have been officially confirm that two presidential candidate contenders: Donald Trump (R-New York) and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) will become the presumptive presidential nominee to face in the presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to win 270 electoral votes from all across the 50 states throughout the campaign trail.
The 2016 Presidential Primary Election Coverage have been started for the Republican Party from Monday, February 1, 2016 through Tuesday, June 7, 2016 and for the Democratic Party from Monday, February 1, 2016 through Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to win an enough delegates from each states right here at home and abroad throughout the campaign trail to become the next presumptive presidential nominee in the order to attend the Republican National Convention and Democratic Party.
The Republican Party needs to get an enough delegate with 1,237 in the order to attend the Republican National Convention begins on Monday, July 18, 2016 through Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Quick Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Democratic Party needs to get an enough delegate with 2,383 in the order to attend the Democratic National Convention begins on Monday, July 25, 2016 though Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Quincy's Election Headquarters have a full results of two candidate contenders from the both of parties: Donald Trump (R-New York) and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) from the 2016 presidential primary election results right down the below.
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The Quincy's Election Headquarters have a full results of four candidate contenders from the both of parties: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) have already won from the 2016 presidential primary election results right down the below.
|CANDIDATE||CRUZ (R-TX)||KASICH (R-OH)||RUBIO (R-FL)||SANDERS (I-VT)|
The next 45th President of the United States will be sworn in the oath of the office on January 20, 2017 to serve during the first term of the presidency to work at The White House in Washington, D.C. for the next 4 years to replace President Barack Obama's final term.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 52 Cities and Towns:
Grants funding innovative IT projects, technology infrastructure upgrades and software or equipment purchases
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today awarded $2 million to 52 cities and towns across the Commonwealth to drive local technological transformation and improvement projects through the Community Compact Information Technology (IT) Grant Program.
"Strengthening the partnerships between cities and towns and the Commonwealth has been a priority for our administration," said Governor Baker, "and these grants are key to supporting investments in technology projects and upgrades that aid municipalities in streamlining and improving service for their constituents."
Announced at the Massachusetts Municipal Association's (MMA) Annual Meeting in January, the Community Compact IT Grant Program awards cities and towns up to $400,000, and the expertise of the Office of Municipal and School Technology within MassIT, to implement and invest in one-time technology infrastructure, software and equipment upgrades or planning, design, installation and training costs.
"We are proud to support these 52 municipalities in making technological advancements for their development of their communities," said Lieutenant Governor Polito. "The grants will allow cities and towns to undertake projects critical to their successes, including modernizing financial systems, implementing wireless networks, and digitizing records."
"The competition for the $2 million of available funding from the Governor's Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Budget was intense, with more than 100 eligible municipalities applying for grants," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. "The 52 communities chosen today met the overarching goal of driving innovation and transformation at the local level through investments in technology.
Examples of Community Compact IT Grant Program Initiatives:
* Implementing boards and commissions, dog licensing and voter check in database software for the Colrain town clerk's office.
* Implementing a 311 system to connect the citizens of Haverhill, Fall River and Revere with their city.
* Modernizing financial systems in multiple communities that will transform the accuracy and efficiency of financial operations.
* Installing a radio communications relay tower for first responders in Phillipston to improve critical communications.
* Deploying mobile fire apparatus technology so first responders in Braintree are able to access critical information in the field.
* Installing new infrastructure in Hinsdale that allows for a water meter system that enables usage-based billing.
* Upgrading infrastructure to facilitate regional technology cooperation between Barre, Rutland, and Barre Regional Emergency Communication Center.
For a full list of awardees and projects: CLICK HERE.
Lt. Governor Polito has championed the administration's municipal partnerships, signing 221 Community Compacts thus far. Through the Community Compact program, municipalities have identified and implement self-selected best practices in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ensuring a strong partnership between state and local government. More information on the program and how Compact Communities can apply is available at: www.mass.gov/ccc.
Mayor Walsh, Secretary Kerry Announce Boston Will Host 2017 U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit:
Beijing, China -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to announce that Boston will host the 2017 U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit. The Mayor and the Secretary made the announcement during the evening plenary session at this year's summit in Beijing, China.
The summit will bring thousands of leaders from around the world to Boston in the summer of 2017 to discuss and share experiences in building low-carbon, climate-resilient communities. The selection of Boston demonstrates the city's leadership on the global stage in creating a greener and more sustainable city.
The third summit will further strengthen the U.S.-China bilateral relationship on climate change, as well as the two countries' shared commitment to climate action following the successful Paris Agreement in 2015.
"I am honored to announce that Boston will build on our global climate leadership to host next year's U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit," said Mayor Walsh. "There is no more pressing, or defining, global challenge than climate change. We know we must be making investments now to create a more sustainable future for the world we share. I look forward to continuing these substantive, challenging conversations in Boston."
"Boston has long been a leader on climate action, and today that's underscored not only by Mayor Walsh's presence here in Beijing for the second U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit -- but also by the announcement that Boston will host the third Leaders Summit next year," said Secretary Kerry. "When nearly 200 nations adopted a global climate change agreement in Paris last December, we knew that success would depend on commitment at the local level. As a coastal city, Boston is approaching this challenge with the urgency it demands by pursuing a first-of-its-kind approach to preparing for rising sea levels and extreme weather through Climate Ready Boston, while also setting ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction goals with Carbon-Free Boston. And as a son of Boston and someone who has focused on climate change for decades, I'm particularly proud of my hometown's leadership in this global effort."
The first summit occurred last September in Los Angeles and included a keynote address by Vice President Biden and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi as well as the signing by 24 state and local leaders of a first-of-its-kind "U.S.-China Climate Leaders Declaration." The most notable feature of this declaration was a commitment by major Chinese cities to peak CO2 emissions earlier than China's national goal of 2030.
Earlier this year, Mayor Walsh joined the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for the network of cities on the front line of preparing for and helping prevent climate change. Mayor Walsh is currently representing all North American cities on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) as Vice-Chair alongside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
At Tuesday's session in Beijing, the Mayor announced that the Chinese cities of Dalian and Chengdu have joined C40, further strengthening the coalition's force throughout the world.
Boston has made significant progress in the past two years, from the release of the updated Greenovate Climate Action, which sets a clear road map to achieve Boston's greenhouse gas reduction goals of 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, to receiving an international award for community engagement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.
Last year, Boston celebrated its compliance with the Compact of Mayors -- an important measure in achieving its climate commitments by providing a more transparent platform for Boston's climate progress. The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of over 500 mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently, and Boston has been an integral signatory in following through with its commitment.
Mayor Walsh's Budget Proposal Builds on Strong Record of Proactive Fiscal Management:
Boston, MA -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today presented his Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget proposal, a balanced and responsible plan that is responsive to the needs to Boston's residents. The budget builds on the Administration's strong and proactive fiscal management practices, implements department audit recommendations to achieve operational efficiencies and modernize processes, employs data-driven decision making, and continues to address long-term systemic challenges affecting the residents of Boston that have built up over many years. Through thoughtful reforms that achieve savings, and improved utilization of existing funds, Mayor Walsh's FY17 budget is able to make targeted investments toward achieving a thriving, healthy and innovative City.
"I am proud that this budget reflects our shared commitment to strong fiscal management-in the savings we have achieved, and in the new investments those savings make possible," said Mayor Walsh. "This is a forward-looking budget that puts us on the cutting edge of both policy vision and operational excellence. Together, by strong collaboration and bold reform, we can fight inequality and ensure that our city's prosperity is shared widely."
Members of the public can learn more about Mayor Walsh's recommended budget at boston.gov/recommendedbudget.
Strong Fiscal Management
Mayor Walsh is able to present a balanced budget that maintains high levels of support in critical areas because of the Administration's achievement of efficiencies and savings. The City's data-driven managerial approach was recently validated by the affirmation of Boston's triple A bond rating. In its first two years, the Administration has systematically engaged in independent operational reviews and other planning efforts aimed at making government more efficient in order to address areas needing renewed attention.
In order to invest in the areas that keep Boston thriving, the City has implemented a number of cost saving reforms in FY17:
* Public Safety and Streets departments will cut employee overtime hours in FY17, saving the City $11.6 million.
* City departments are saving about $4.7 million by inactivating over 100 vacant positions without impacting service levels.
* The City is achieving nearly $1 million in utility savings from reduced usage and lower rates, and almost $400,000 in savings by tightening waste and other contracted services budget.
* The Public Health Commission is saving $1.4 million through a number of budget tightening measures.
* As part of its reform to cut public safety overtime and give public safety departments meaningful spending limits, this budget fully plans for public safety overtime for the first time in over 15 years.
Through operational reviews, data-driven initiatives, and other planning efforts, the Walsh Administration has identified need for investment in key areas ranging from access to quality early childhood education, to addressing chronic and veteran homelessness, to reducing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response time.
The School Committee approved a $1.027 billion budget for the Boston Public Schools (BPS), an appropriation amount that could go up when the next round of collective bargaining agreements are negotiated. Total education spending (including district and charter schools) will be 40% of the city budget. According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Boston Public Schools invest more money per student than any of the 100 largest school districts in the nation.
Increasing Access to Quality Early Childhood Education
This budget includes $3 million to expand BPS K 1 programming by 200 seats, building on the 200 new K 1 seats added in BPS schools over the last two years.
Investing Thoughtfully in Special Education
BPS will invest in special education in three critical areas: support teams to work directly in schools with teachers and school staff, a new data system will give parents timely and accurate access to IEP information, and transition services for students as they prepare to move on from BPS.
Implementing Boston's Homeless Action Plan
To support the Mayor's Action Plan committed to ending chronic individual homelessness by 2018, the FY17 budget includes an increase of $1.3 million in general funds and $2 million in federal funds to provide front door triage staff at Pine Street Inn, rapid re-housing rental assistance, additional emergency shelter to families, and low barrier permanent supportive housing for the homeless.
Improving Homeless Shelter Service and Safety
The budget improves services and safety at Southampton Street and Woods Mullen homeless shelters by better assisting Boston's most vulnerable population with career counseling, job training, substance abuse prevention, and transitional and permanent housing support services. It will also allow for the full implementation of a front door triage department that enables shelter staff to meet with every new guest entering the shelters to conduct an in-depth assessment, and to develop a client-centered plan to exit the emergency shelter system as quickly as possible.
Basic City Services and Safer Streets
Delivering Exceptional Basic City Services
This budget increases Boston's street resurfacing and sidewalk repair program by nearly $4 million and bridge repair by over $6 million.
Helping People Move Through the City Safely and Reliably
In FY17, City is investing $3.1 million in Vision Zero - a campaign Mayor Walsh launched in 2015 to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities in our roadways.
With operating and capital investments, Mayor Walsh is launching Parks First, a comprehensive initiative ensuring that Boston's open spaces are among the Nation's most accessible and equitable. Mayor Walsh has dedicated $47.6 million in capital funds to Boston's parks, and the FY17 operating budget will be the largest in the department's history.
Improving Access and Equity
A two-year, $5 million dollar investment in pathway and entrance improvements to Boston's largest open space, Franklin Park, will increase usage and safety. Park renovation projects at Smith Playground in Allston, Noyes Park in East Boston, and Garvey Playground in Dorchester will create more inclusive parks, and FY17 will see the beginning of a comprehensive redesign of the 45-acre Harambee Park in Dorchester and Mattapan.
Striving toward Excellence
Parks First will expand the department's seasonal park ranger and maintenance workforce to ensure that Boston's neighborhood parks receive an increased level of care and safe spaces for residents and visitors.
Health and Safety
Increased EMS Resources
To meet the heightened demand for emergency medical services fueled by an increasing population and to ensure Mayor Walsh's vision for Boston as the healthiest city in the nation, the Administration is investing in additional EMTs and new ambulance vehicles for FY17.
Improving Addiction Services through Boston 311
As a result of the opiates crisis in Boston and across the nation, the City is adding resources to the Public Health Commission's PAATHS (Proving Access to Addictions Treatment, Hope and Support) program, a one-stop shop for those seeking information about, or access to, addiction treatment services. Individuals will now be able to reach the PAATHS program through Boston's 311 service.
Enhancing Community Center Hours and Programming
BCYF will dedicate the Grove Hall Community Center as a senior center, expand Saturday evening hours, enable five centers to operate 7-days per week, and allow 17 centers to operate 6-days per week, resulting in centers that are better equipped to provide quality programming for residents, especially seniors and youth. This expansion will come at no additional cost to the taxpayer, as BCYF will realign operations and focus its resources on sites with uninterrupted access and increased demand for more programs.
Revitalizing Fire Engines and Ladders
Based on recommendations from the Fire department's independent operational review, Boston will launch a revamped fire engine and ladder replacement plan to replace 48% of the fleet within 4 years, and 78% within 8 years. In FY17, the department will acquire 15 new fire apparatus and improve vehicle maintenance.
Expanding Access for All
Connect all Boston Public Schools to the City's fiber network
The City will expand its fiber optic network to connect approximately 90 additional public schools reducing costs and making more bandwidth available.
Enhancing Translation and Interpretation Services
Boston will launch new methods of engagement with the non-English speaking residents of Boston. Starting in FY17, Boston 311 call takers will have the ability to interact with Bostonians through interpreters. The City will also be able to translate more newsletters and other notices in a variety of languages.
Building Thriving Community Libraries
Boston will launch the reinvigoration of the Adams Branch Library, begin replacement of the Uphams Corner Branch Library, begin design and construction at the Dudley Branch Library, and continue construction on the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch. Branch library projects not only improve library services in neighborhoods, but can also assist with local economic development efforts as well.
Baker-Polito Administration Releases $2.19 Billion Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Budget Plan:
Focused on maintaining and modernizing existing assets, plan invests in housing, transportation and municipalities
Boston, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration today released the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) capital plan, including a $2.19 billion bond cap on General Obligation Bonds. Significant resources in FY17 will be invested in affordable and workforce housing, transportation projects and various grant programs to support municipalities across the state. The plan also attracts substantial federal, local, private and other sources of funding, maximizing the leverage of the Commonwealth's capital resources.
The FY17 capital plan prioritizes projects that maintain and modernize existing assets, and make targeted investments for the future. The process for reviewing and determining which projects were included in this plan was refocused this year to better account for our strategic priorities and maximize coordination across agencies with these three core principles as the foundation.
"The Commonwealth's Capital Plan is an important tool for funding construction and maintaining capital assets, infrastructure and program investments," said Governor Baker. "This capital plan makes substantial investments in maintaining and modernizing our transportation network, preserving thousands of affordable housing units, training an already highly-skilled workforce and supporting programs critical to economic development in cities and towns across Massachusetts."
"This capital plan continues our administration's commitment to being a reliable partner for cities and towns across the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Polito. "In addition to important capital funding for local issues like Chapter 90 transportation funding, vocational skills grants and cultural facilities grants, the Community Compact Program will build upon a successful first year to continue awarding communities who partner with the state to improve local services, IT infrastructure, and various local projects."
"The capital plan for Fiscal Year 2017 makes many key strategic investments focused on maintaining and modernizing our existing assets and making targeted investments in the future," said Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Kristen Lepore. "We are increasing the bond cap by an affordable $65 million to allow us to continue to meet our long-term capital needs that address deferred maintenance needs of our existing portfolio without putting significant strain on our operating budgets."
The $2.19 billion bond cap represents an affordable 3% increase over FY16 and is consistent with the recommendation of the Debt Affordability Committee. The total capital investment for FY17, after accounting for non-bond cap funding sources, will total over $4 billion. While the plan is due by law on June 30, 2016, the administration is releasing the plan early to provide recipients additional planning time so they can start projects at the beginning of the fiscal year.
* Link to the FY17 Capital Message: http://www.mass.gov/bb/cap/fy2017/dnld/fy17capitalplanma.pdf
* Link to the full FY17 Capital Plan: www.mass.gov/capital
Projects in the FY17 Capital Plan will:
* Maintain: 46% of projects in FY17 prioritize maintenance by repairing, reconstructing, or reconditioning existing assets to bring condition or performance to a safe and acceptable level.
* Modernize: 26% of projects in FY17 renew existing assets to improve functionally, useful life or enhance service, capacity, or performance while limiting the expansion of the state's asset footprint.
* Targeted Growth: 28% of projects in FY17 address strategic objectives through creation of select new assets, or increase investment in priority areas to create value without expanding our state asset footprint.
Within the three strategic parameters that guided the development of this year's plan, the projects funded focus on five major themes:
Taking Care of What We Have
The Commonwealth has many existing assets in its portfolio. The Baker-Polito Administration strongly believes that we must support projects that protect, maintain, and modernize those assets by investing in the deferred maintenance of existing assets to address critical health and safety issues that affect our people and our natural resources.
* $776 million in bond cap for maintaining and modernizing the transportation network
* $95 million for identified renovation projects at higher education campuses
* $90 million to support maintenance at 46,000 local housing authority units
* $57.3 million for general state facilities maintenance, capital renewal, and energy reserves to fund repair projects and system upgrades at hundreds of state owned facilities
* $23 million for court repair and modernization projects and ADA compliance and maintenance reserves
* $10 million to begin preserving 3,300 housing units as affordable housing
* $10 million to repair and improve inland dams and seawalls
* $8.5 million for Higher Education critical repairs and ADA compliance maintenance reserves
Enhancing Workforce Skills and Economic Vitality
The plan helps foster a healthy ecosystem for growth, with funding for tools to train a highly skilled workforce, housing access for working families, and reliable transportation networks.
* $90 million MassWorks grants to municipalities and other local entitles
* $84.6 million in grants towards life sciences, research and development, and advanced manufacturing
* $49.6 million to support private development of affordable housing
* $11 million to renovate the largest classroom building at Northern Essex Community College
* $15 million for equipment grants to vocational schools and community colleges that support developing workforce skills
* $14 million to create a consolidated student center at Springfield Technical Community College
* $8 million to renovate a student center at Holyoke Community College
Engaging and Supporting Communities
The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to serving as a reliable partner for our cities and towns. Complementing the significant level of support we already provide through our operating budgets, including local aid and the Community Compact program, the FY17 capital funding offers additional resources for key local infrastructure initiatives to catalyze renewal, growth, innovation, and development, and to protect natural resources and distinct places.
* $200 million in Chapter 90 funding
* $47.7 million in EEA community grant programs to support land protection, coastal resiliency, land use planning and climate change adaptation efforts
* $10.5 million to support the Complete Streets initiative and the new Small Bridges program
* $2.5 million for critical coastal infrastructure and pollution remediation
* $2 million for Community Compact grants across the Commonwealth
* $2 million to continue the Greening the Gateway Cities initiative
* $1 million for municipal projects to increase accessibility and comply with ADA regulations
* $350,000 to purchase body armor for municipal police departments
Optimizing the Value of Our Investments
The capital plan leverages significant outside resources from federal, local, private and other sources to multiply the impact of its contributions in key policy areas and maximize return on investments.
* $407 million of state bond cap dollars paired with $504 million through the Federal Aid Highway Program to maintain and modernize state highways
* $30 million from the state to continue dredging Boston Harbor, coupled with $240 million from MassPort and the federal government over four years
* $10 million from the state to preserve 13A properties as affordable or workforce housing, with a matching investment from MassHousing to fund the workforce tier
* $750,000 in state dollars dedicated to the Chelsea Soldiers' Home project. This project is expected to cost $120 million, of which 65% of the estimated cost of construction will be reimbursed by the federal government.
Driving Government Performance
Investments in this year's plan support improving performance of critical infrastructure for the public, delivering better state services, and increasing the efficiency and functionality of projects consistent with agencies' core missions.
* $36.5 million to modernize information technology systems and enhance user experience at the Department of Revenue and the Registry of Motor Vehicles
* $39.2 million dedicated towards investments that will reduce energy consumption in state buildings
* $13 million to replace 315 state police cruisers and associated data terminals
* $55 million to maintain and improve pools, parks, and rinks across the Commonwealth
Quincy Public Schools: Summer Scene Program 2016 Information:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent and the staff at Quincy Public Schools will be hosting their 2016 Summer Scene to opens for the parents can sign up and register for their children can participate the program throughout the summer season here in the City of Quincy.
The 2016 Summer Scene will run from Monday through Friday begins on July 5, 2016 through August 6, 2016 at different times and school locations in all across the citywide throughout the summer season here in the City of Quincy.
For more information about the Quincy Public Schools 2016 Summer Scene program: CLICK HERE.
Parents and Guardians can be encouraged to contact Michael D. Marani, Extended Education Program Coordinator at Quincy Public Schools directly at (857) 939-8710 or e-mail: email@example.com with any questions or concerns about the program.
Baker-Polito Administration and Attorney General's Office Launch Statewide Campaign to Highlight Importance of Calling 911 During an Overdose:
911 Good Samaritan Law protects people who try to get help
Boston, MA -- Today at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey unveiled a new public information campaign to encourage people to call 911 for emergency medical services at the first signs of a drug overdose. Along with Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel and members of the law enforcement community, state officials launched the $250,000 Make the Right Call campaign to promote the Massachusetts 911 Good Samaritan Law.
This law provides protection to individuals seeking medical assistance for themselves or someone else experiencing a drug-related overdose, including opioid-related overdoses, without the risk of charges of possession of a controlled substance.
"With nearly four people dying per day from opioid-related overdoses, our administration is pleased to introduce another campaign to raise awareness and help more people get access to the treatment and services they need," said Governor Baker. "I am pleased to stand with the Attorney General and members of the law enforcement community to unveil the Make the Right Call campaign as another tool aimed at curbing this horrific public health crisis from our communities."
The goal of the new campaign is to save lives by increasing the use of 911 in overdose situations.
Make the Right Call targets active users of opioids and their friends and families with a simple message that they shouldn't be afraid to seek help when they see an overdose. The campaign includes billboards, and advertisements on street furniture and other public environments where overdoses can take place. Viewers are directed to the website for more information on what to say when calling 911, what to do while waiting for help to arrive, and where they can access the overdose reversal tool Naloxone, more commonly called Narcan.
The use of naloxone has risen quickly over the past three years. In 2015, there were over 9,000 incidents during which emergency responders utilized naloxone; up from 5,443 in 2013.
"The Good Samaritan law removes a key barrier that prevents people from seeking help in an overdose emergency," said Attorney General Maura Healey. "No one should die because a friend or stranger is too afraid to call 911. Our goal is to educate people about this law because nothing is more important than saving a life. We will continue to partner with law enforcement and the Administration to make sure this important message is heard."
Additionally, the Department of Public Health and the Attorney General's Office have partnered to produce a special "Roll Call video" which explains the importance of the 911 Good Samaritan Law to members of the law enforcement community, who play such a key role in responding to overdose situations and saving lives. The five-minute video features public safety officials who have seen the positive impact of the Massachusetts 911 Good Samaritan Law, and also includes the compelling testimony of one Massachusetts resident whose life was saved because of a 911 call -- and who is now in long-term recovery. The Roll Call Video will be shared with public safety partners in every police department in Massachusetts.
"Opioid abuse is a medical disease, and an epidemic," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. "As such, we must treat it like an illness with prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery options for everyone. The Good Samaritan law plays a critical role in allowing people to treat an overdose as they would another sudden medical illness -- by calling for medical help when it is needed most."
Make the Right Call also includes a gross-roots component to spread the word. Posters which feature the campaign messaging can be ordered at no charge by municipal agencies, community organizations, churches, businesses and others by visiting the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
"The opioid epidemic continues to impact families, friends, and neighbors in every corner of Massachusetts," said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel. "We must continue to do everything in our power to save lives, and stem the rate of opioid deaths."
Campaign advertising will run through the end of June. More information about Make the Right Call can be found at the Make the Right Call website.
Quincy Recreation Department: 2016 Summer Clinic Workshop Program:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Barry J. Welch, Director of Recreation and the staff at Quincy Recreation Department will be hosting their 2016 Summer Clinic Workshop program begins on Monday, June 27, 2016 through Friday, August 19, 2016 with a full sponsored by Mayor Thomas P. Koch and The City of Quincy to cover for the 23 activities available in all across the citywide to opens for the Quincy residents and non-residents are welcome to sign up and register throughout this summer season here in the City of Quincy.
The 2016 Summer Clinic Workshop program will run from Monday through Friday with different times of the schedule and venue locations in all across the citywide: Veteran's Memorial Stadium, Merrymount Park, Central Middle School, Quincy Park & Recreation Department, North Quincy High School, Ruth Gordon Amphitheatre, Quincy High School, Mitchell/McCoy Field, Pageant Field, Lincoln Hancock Community School, Furnace Brook Golf Club, Quincy Access Television, Quincy Quarry and Faxon Park throughout this summer season here in the City of Quincy.
Mail-In Registration Begins on Monday, May 16, 2016:
Registrations will be processed daily beginning on Monday, May 16, 2016, lottery style. Please use one form for each child, photocopies accepted (both sides).
Send complete registration forms and full payment:
Make checks payable to: Quincy Recreation Department
Quincy Recreation Department
1 Merrymount Parkway
Quincy, MA 02170
Online Registration Begins on Tuesday, May 17, 2016:
Visit the Quincy Recreation Department official website for details and instructions. Online registration will continue throughout the summer.
Walk-In Registration for any remaining spaces begins on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.:
Walk-in registration will continue on Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Quincy Recreation Department, One Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA 02170. This is also non-resident registration.
Registration is ongoing and will continue throughout the summer for the 2016 Summer Clinic Workshop.
For more information about the 2016 Summer Clinic Workshop program, please contact Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns or visit the Quincy Recreation Department's official website: www.quincyrec.com.
City of Quincy: Fiscal Year 2017 budget book is now available online:
Fiscal Year 2017 will effect on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy have already delivered their fiscal year 2017 presentation to Ward 2 City Councilor Brad L. Croall, Finance Committee Chairperson and the Members of the City Councilor during the City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016 at City Council Chambers here in the City of Quincy.
The City of Quincy's fiscal year 2017 budget will go in the effective on Friday, July 1, 2016 through Friday, June 30, 2017.
Residents, persons with disabilities, citizens and the public are welcome to check out the City of Quincy's fiscal year 2017 budget book presentation and capital improvement plans book is now available via the City of Quincy's official website.
Here's the two links information about the City of Quincy's fiscal year 2017 budget:
For more information about the fiscal year 2017 budget, please contact Mayor Tom Koch at Mayor's Office at (617) 376-1990 or e-mail: email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Baker-Polito Administration To File Legislation Seeking Water Protection Delegation:
Proposal Ensures State Oversight of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems Program
Boston, MA -- With a commitment to continue strong protection of the waters of the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today will file An Act to Enable the Commonwealth's Administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which supports the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) efforts to join 46 states in administering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for federal water quality protection and announced a budget commitment of $4.7 million annually for staff, programming and up-to-date monitoring and analysis of water quality data.
"As a state that has a proud history of working to protect and improve water quality, this legislation will ensure that Massachusetts has an active, hands-on role in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am confident that in joining 46 other states, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will implement a strong, science-based program to protect our natural resources."
"By allowing the Commonwealth to continue its proven-track record of implementing federally delegated programs, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is well positioned to administer this program," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "With our administration's commitment to technical assistance and municipal outreach, cities and towns across the Commonwealth will have a strong partner in MassDEP to ensure the preservation and protection of our state's environmental resources for all residents."
Under the federal Clean Water Act, the EPA administers numerous water quality programs across the United States, including efforts like NPDES which regulates public and private discharges of waste water and storm water. As states have the option of applying to the EPA for authorization to administer the program at the state level, subject to federal oversight, the legislation to be filed by the Baker-Polito Administration will make changes to the Commonwealth's Clean Waters Act, which is needed for MassDEP to make an application to the EPA.
"By seeking authorization of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program, the Baker-Polito Administration is taking the necessary step to solidify Massachusetts' ability to integrate decisions it is making in other water programs, and to bring the best science and management approaches to this very important water quality program," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.
Massachusetts, through MassDEP, has a decades-long history of effectively and successfully administering other federal environmental programs in areas of drinking water, hazardous waste, and clean air, as well as other state water programs such as Title 5, wetlands, and water management. In seeking authorization from EPA to administer the NPDES program, MassDEP will continue to promote the use of science-based water monitoring information during permitting decisions and will provide ongoing effectively technical assistance to permittees. Furthermore, adding the NPDES program to MassDEP's portfolio will promote an integrated process in which a single agency can work with cities and towns across the Commonwealth to the protect Massachusetts' water quality as well, if not better, that the EPA while minimizing the number of permit appeals and legal challenges.
MassDEP will also embrace the concept of integrated planning and will work closely with local partners to establish a program that takes a holistic view of clean water requirements and implementation schedules.
"We are looking forward to working with cities, towns, advocates and all partners who are working on water quality issues," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. "Our proposal includes an important commitment to science, to ensure work related to water quality stays up to date and that we are in close contact with those who are working on these issues."
"As a state that has been authorized to administer the NPDES program for decades, I know what it takes to run this effort," said Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. "I also know the leaders and staff at the MassDEP, and I am confident that Massachusetts will be successful in taking on this water quality endeavor. State agencies are close to the ground, and can work with partners and municipalities to confront and tackle the pollution reduction goals needed to achieve the standards in the Clean Water Act."
"Moving NPDES authority to the MassDEP will bring it closer to affected communities, which are often faced with major and costly challenges to comply," said State Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), who sponsored a budget amendment in 2013 to initiate such a change. "This change will empower greater consideration of local needs and circumstances, and more focused collaboration to address waste water and storm water issues in practical, cost-effective ways."
"I support the work of MassDEP," said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. "Ensuring greater responsiveness to our cities and towns while protecting our environment is a difficult balancing act. If this legislation is referred to my committee, I hope to review it closely and schedule a hearing as soon as possible to hear input from communities, as well as my colleagues."
"I commend the Baker-Polito Administration for taking a pro-active approach in filing this legislation to authorize MassDEP to apply for NPDES delegation," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). "Massachusetts officials have a unique understanding of the needs of our communities, and allowing them to play a more direct role in the decision-making process will benefit municipalities across the Commonwealth."
"Massachusetts has a strong record of developing and implementing innovative environmental programs," said State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury). "I look forward to the work we can do together on the NPDES program."
"Protecting our water bodies is an issue that is very important to me and my district," said State Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport). "As an advocate of the environment, and Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, I look forward to learning more about how this effort will continue MassDEP's overall commitment to environmental protection and promoting high water quality standards."
"As a representative of communities dealing with a number of water-related issues, I welcome the Administration's efforts to promote thoughtful, integrated management of our water resources at the state level," said State Representative John Fernandes (D-Milford).
"I'm glad to see the administration taking this step," said State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin). "This proposal gives MassDEP the authority to take a broad look at protecting our water resources and working closely with cities and towns who are partners in this effort."
"Protecting water quality is essential for our communities," said State Representative Peter Durant (R-Spencer). "The Baker-Administration's legislation is further evidence of its commitment to clean water for our cities and towns."
"This is very good news for Massachusetts, because MassDEP has a well-deserved reputation as both a tough and fair enforcement agency," said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. "Because MassDEP works with cities and towns every day, we are confident that this integrated enforcement approach will deliver stronger results for the environment with less bureaucracy, and will provide greater responsiveness to all communities and stakeholders."
"I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for taking this step," said City of Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant. "It has put forward a plan for a comprehensive, science-based program that recognizes the value of working with communities to achieve environmental goals."
"As a Mayor who has worked with MassDEP on a number of challenging environmental issues, I have every confidence that this agency can run a first-class program," said City of Gardner Mayor Mark P. Hawke.
"I applaud Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton, and MassDEP Commissioner Marty Suuberg for recognizing that everyone benefits from clean water and appropriately funding administration of the program through the state budget," said Philip D. Guerin, President of the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship. "Having MassDEP manage the NPDES program will benefit communities by providing a perspective that is more attuned to local issues and is more consistent with state goals and values."
An Act to Enable the Commonwealth's Administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, when passed, will be part of a submittal made by MassDEP to EPA's New England Regional Office in Boston. As part of its application, MassDEP will be required to demonstrate that it has developed an effective plan for managing the NPDES program, that its legal authorities are sufficient to meet federal requirements and that a plan for funding is in place. While the formal submission cannot be made until the Baker-Polito Administration's proposal receives legislative approval, MassDEP is continuing to consult with EPA on delegation requirements and will develop other elements of the plan for submittal.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup for hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Businesses:
New supplier diversity certification for veteran business owners streamlines process, reduces wait times
Foxborough, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today announced a new Massachusetts Veteran Certification program and outreach process to reduce federal certification wait times, increase the participation of veteran and service-disabled veteran business owners in the Commonwealth's supplier diversity program for goods and services' contracts, and foster growth, competition and economic development opportunities for veteran-owned firms in Massachusetts.
"As our veterans return to create businesses and job opportunities for others, this process will improve their ability to compete for state and local contracts," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We are proud to support our servicemen and women and their families for the sacrifices they have made, and for the continued contributions they make to economic development and their communities at home."
The announcement follows the Baker-Polito Administration's supplier diversity enhancements and expansion opportunities for veteran, LGBT, disability, diverse and small business entities announced in November, which included expanding the service-disabled veteran-owned business category of the Supplier Diversity Program to include all veterans, under an existing benchmark of 3%. While the administration will continue to employ cross-certification of veteran and service-disabled veteran businesses from partners like VetBiz and the U.S. Business Leadership Network, the state certification will significantly reduce the length of wait times veteran-owned businesses have experienced through the VetBiz process.
"By improving the way our military men and women can contract with the Commonwealth, Massachusetts is sending a powerful statement to encourage entrepreneurship and advancement for hundreds of veteran business owners," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
The Massachusetts Veteran Certification program was announced today at the Commonwealth's 18 annual MASSBUYS EXPO in Foxborough, a 100% exhibitor-funded, two-day event convening nearly 3,000 businesses and public purchasing and procurement officials from state and local government, non-profits and educational institutions. The MASSBUYS EXPO is the largest business to government event of its kind in New England. This year's MASSBUYS EXPO includes the first Supplier Diversity Networking Event, which allows small and diverse businesses that are certified by the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) to network with MASSBUYS attendees and exhibitors.
Veteran certification by the Commonwealth will begin on May 1 for all Massachusetts-based businesses, June 1 for New England based businesses and July 1 for firms in other states.
"Establishing a veteran-owned business certification program is a testament to the administration's support for increasing the participation of veteran entrepreneurs in the Commonwealth," said Veterans Services Secretary Francisco Ureña. "I thank Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito for their leadership and for championing our veterans and enhancing opportunities for their employment and success."
The development and implementation of the Massachusetts Veteran Certification program is supported in part by a $20,000 Diversity Goal and Business Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity awarded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
"MGC is proud to support the SDO's initiative to establish a certification and outreach program for veteran-owned businesses with the issuance of a $20,000 grant from MGC's newly established Diversity Goal and Business Technical Assistance Grant Program," said Jill Griffin, Director of Workforce, Supplier and Diversity Development for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. "An expedited certification for veteran business enterprises coupled with outreach and training programs will greatly assist in fulfilling the legislative mandate to ensure that the gaming industry in Massachusetts is inclusive and provides opportunities that reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth."
The Baker-Polito Administration also initiated a bi-annual Supplier Diversity Regional Series in the fall of 2015, led by the Governor's Office of Access and Opportunity (OAO), Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD), the Operational Services Division (OSD) and OSD'S Supplier Diversity Office to increase engagement and marketplace opportunities for small and diverse business enterprises with procurement officials in state and local government, education institutions, medical facilities and the private sector. The inaugural series hosted over 800 attendees.
In February, 2015, Governor Baker signed Executive Order No. 559, elevating the Office of Access and Opportunity to the Governor's Office under the direction of a Deputy Chief of Staff to further the administration's priority of increasing diversity and inclusion within state government employment and procurement. The Executive Order also established a cross-administration Steering Committee for Access and Opportunity to coordinate best practices.
Massachusetts Officials to Provide $2 Million to Test for Lead in Drinking Water at Public Schools:
Funds Will Pay for Technical Assistance, Lab Analysis of Water Fountain and Tap Samples
Boston, MA -- In a continued effort to ensure safe drinking water in schools around the Commonwealth, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg today announced $2 million from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT) to fund cooperative efforts to assist Massachusetts public schools test for lead in drinking water. The funds, to be used by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will provide technical assistance to ensure that public school districts can sample the taps and water fountains in their schools, and to identify any results that show lead contamination over the federal action level.
"Protecting the health of our children is a top priority," said Governor Charlie Baker. "By proactively offering this critical assistance, we can ensure that all students and parents across the Commonwealth are in a safe environment where they can learn and grow."
"Parents are right to be vigilant when the health and safety of their children is at stake, and the Clean Water Trust partners are proud to make this funding available so that we can ensure that all water utilized at school is of the highest quality," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
"As chair of the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and the Massachusetts School Building Authority, I am proud to leverage the expertise of my office to address the issue of lead in our schools' drinking water," said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. "These funds allow for us to test more schools and identify where the need is for further investigation to make sure our children are drinking safe, clean water."
The funding from the MCWT, which will allow the assistance program to launch this spring, will pay for sampling to confirm that drinking water levels are below action levels in public school water fountains and fixtures used for food preparation, and will be utilized for the training of school personnel to assist in designing sampling plans.
"This program will help the Commonwealth, local schools and communities ensure that we have up-to-date information and are taking the necessary steps to guard against lead exposure," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "The Baker-Polito Administration will make sure that any school district that needs our help to assess its water supply system will be able to get it in a timely way."
The Commonwealth estimates that $2 million could provide full support to about 1,750 schools for designing and executing a water sampling program. The funding will also be used to provide technical help to school systems, which will include training, designing sampling plans, and helping schools address fixtures that exceed the action level.
"The Trust's vote to provide funds for our cities and towns across Massachusetts to test their school district's water quality is another example of the Commonwealth and municipalities working together as partners to provide important services to our constituents," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, who is also a member of the Clean Water Trust Board of Trustees.
MassDEP will spearhead the assistance program as part of its implementation of the federal Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA). Under the LCCA, MassDEP earlier this year to e-mailed to thousands of school officials a voluntary survey asking school districts to provide information about their drinking water testing programs, the results of any testing done recently and what plans were implemented to address any contamination uncovered during sampling. MassDEP is still collecting those school surveys and has extended the submission deadline to coincide with the start of this new assistance program.
This most recent effort comes as one of a number of initiatives to ensure safe drinking water. The House Ways and Means 2017 Budget proposal includes $500,000 in new funding for technical assistance to municipalities and public water supplies.
"We are reaching out to school officials to take advantage of this initiative, which provides expert help to the schools," said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg, who is also a member of the Clean Water Trust Board of Trustees. "MassDEP and its partners will provide technical assistance and free lab analysis of local water samples, focusing on those most in need of assistance."
Within the next week, MassDEP sand the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will make available to school districts, municipal officials and others the form needed to participate in the technical assistance and sample analysis program.
"We encourage our school districts to take advantage of this important resource and thank all the partners who have come together to support the safety and well-being of our Commonwealth's children," said Education Secretary Jim Peyser.
"This initiative keeps Massachusetts in the forefront with our efforts to guarantee safe drinking water for all our residents," said Massachusetts Water Resource Authority Executive Director Fred Laskey.
Water supplied to schools is generally free of lead, but lead can be introduced into drinking water through plumbing and fixtures in buildings -- especially in facilities more than 20 years old. Copper can also enter drinking water through plumbing, so the assistance program will also address copper levels in drinking water. Historically, the majority of lead poisoning cases in Massachusetts are attributable to lead paint exposures, however other sources including drinking water in schools continues to be an important concern for children's health.
Additional information on lead in drinking water and school-related issues can be found: Click Here.
The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust lends financial assistance to the Commonwealth under the State Revolving Fund program by providing subsidized loans to cities and towns for clean water and drinking water infrastructure development. Since its establishment in 1989, the Trust has loaned approximately $6.6 billion to improve and maintain the quality of water in the Commonwealth. As estimated 97 percent of Massachusetts' citizens have benefited from the financial assistance of the Clean Water Trust.
Baker Administration, Higher Education Leaders Announce New Commonwealth Commitment Plan to Increase Affordability, Drive Degree Completion:
New "2+2" Plan Based on Transfer from Community College to UMass or State U's Will Offer Per-Semester Rebates, Freeze Costs for Qualifying Students
Lowell, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined public higher education leaders today to announce the Commonwealth Commitment, an innovative college affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree.
The Commonwealth Commitment commits every public campus to providing 10% rebates at the end of each successfully completed semester to qualifying undergraduate students, in addition to the standard MassTransfer tuition waiver received upon entering a four-year institution from a Community College. Students who meet the program requirements will, depending on the transfer pathway they choose, be able to realize an average savings of $5,090 off the cost of a baccalaureate degree.
This plan is the first agreement of its kind in the nation and was signed by University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, Worcester State University President Barry Maloney and Middlesex Community College President James Mabry, representing the three segments of the public higher education system, at a ceremony held this morning at Middlesex Community College.
As part of the Commonwealth Commitment's goal to increase cost savings and predictability, tuition and mandatory fees will be frozen for program participants as of the date they enter the program. Students will begin their studies at one of the state's 15 community colleges, enrolling in one of 24 Commonwealth Commitment/MassTransfer Pathways programs that will roll out in fall 2016 (14 programs) and fall 2017 (10 additional programs). They must attend full-time, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. After earning an associate's degree in two and a half years or less, students will transfer to a state university or UMass campus to earn a baccalaureate degree.
"This program was designed to decrease the cost of a college degree and accelerate on-time completion for students across the Commonwealth, creating more opportunities and helping more people get into the workforce with the skills they need," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The Commonwealth Commitment will make it even easier for students to go to school full-time and begin their careers with less debt and we are pleased that our higher education officials have worked collaboratively to make this program a reality."
"The Commonwealth Commitment is a win-win for students, employers, and our public higher education campuses," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Our hope is that through programs like the Commonwealth Commitment, not only will students get the benefit of a lower cost degree, but also be able to fill more of the high-demand job of the future, including in STEM."
"The Commonwealth Commitment is an important plan which we believe will help move the needle on our administration's two overarching education objectives: to close the achievement gap and strengthen the global competitiveness of Massachusetts's workforce and economy," said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. "I thank the leaders of the Department of Higher Education, UMass, and State Colleges and universities for their hard work in reaching this agreement and for their commitment to putting students first."
"The signing of this agreement represents a new day for our state system of public colleges and universities," said Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education. "It was not easy or simple to hammer out an agreement among 28 undergraduate institutions with different missions and programs, but I was extremely proud to see how presidents, provosts, faculty and staff worked together with a sense of common purpose to get this done. What unites us is a dedication to students and to the Commonwealth, a realization that when it comes to preparing the state's future citizenry and workforce, our public institutions need to lead."
"Community college students seeking pathways to an affordable, high-quality, four-year degree will now be able to look to the Commonwealth Commitment for critical support -- and UMass is proud to be part of this innovative effort," said UMass President Marty Meehan. "This program advances public higher education's core beliefs and will help to transform lives and strengthen our future. We look forward to welcoming the students who take advantage of this creative initiative to our campuses."
"The Commonwealth Commitment unites the Massachusetts public higher education sector in an energized drive to promote access and success for our diverse communities as we work together to build an educated workforce that will drive the Commonwealth's high-tech community in the 21st century. Community colleges are proud to play a pivotal role in this strategy," said Middlesex Community College President Dr. James Mabry.
"When we talk about a 'best value' college experience, it doesn't get any better than this," said Worcester State University Barry Maloney. "Those who transfer into state universities under this program will see small classes taught largely by full-time Ph.D. faculty members who put their students first. The state university degree prepares them well, either for careers or graduate school."
At the end of every successfully completed semester, students will earn a 10% rebate on tuition and fees, payable in the form of a check, or may opt to receive a voucher to use for books or other education-related expenses. The program does not discount room and board, although students may choose to use their Commonwealth Commitment savings or other resources to offset some of those costs. Students' rebates or vouchers will be calculated based on the total cost of tuition and mandatory feeds at the institutions they choose to attend. Additionally, students who enroll in free or reduced cost dual enrollment programs, taking college courses while still in high school, may be able to apply the credits they earn toward their Commonwealth Commitment degrees, thus reducing costs even further.
Further information is available at: www.Mass.edu/MAComCom with the details.
Governor Baker Signs $200 Million Bill for Chapter 90 Funding:
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed House Bill 4133, An Act Financing Improvements to Certain Municipal Roads, authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities this construction season. Chapter 90 funding supports the reimbursement of every municipality in the Commonwealth for road-related construction projects and comes from general obligation bond issuances.
"Fulfilling the state's commitment to support municipalities and grant access to critical funding for important transportation improvements across the Commonwealth has been a priority of our administration since our first day in office," said Governor Baker. "Cities and towns count on this funding each year and we look forward to remaining a reliable partner on this issue for years to come."
"As I have traveled across the Commonwealth meeting with local officials to discuss the most important issues facing their cities and towns, Chapter 90 is always an important part of the conversation," said Lt. Governor Polito. "We are pleased the state will provide $200 million worth of funding that will have a a direct impact on the everyday lives of everyone in Massachusetts."
Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for cost incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation's Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.
"Along the Unrestricted General Government Aid, Chapter 70, and various local grant programs we have supported, Chapter 90 is another critical funding source to support cities and towns across Massachusetts," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. "We appreciate the Legislature's timely collaboration in order to provide funding prior to this year's construction season."
"The Chapter 90 program has become an integral part of many municipal budgets across the state and is one more example of the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to all 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "I look forward to continuing the Administration's collaboration with our partners in the legislature as we work together to build a stronger transportation network across the Commonwealth."
Chapter 90 funds must be allocated to roadway projects, such as resurfacing and related work like preliminary engineering include State Aid/Consultant Design Agreements, right-of-way acquisition, shoulders, side road approaches, landscaping and tree planting, roadside drainage, structures (including bridges), sidewalks, traffic control and service facilities, street lighting (excluding operating costs), and for such other purposes as the MassDOT may specifically authorize.
* More information about the Chapter 90 Program is available: CLICK HERE.
* A list of Chapter 90 funding by municipality is available: CLICK HERE.
Governor Baker Declares April 17th First Responders Day:
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker adopted H.4161, An Act Designating the Sunday Preceding the Third Monday in April as First Responder Day, and issued the following statement upon signing the bill into law:
"First responders put their own lives on the line to save others in danger, and we have a responsibility to ensure they receive strong leadership, representation and recognition on Beacon Hill," said Governor Baker. "Every day, these brave men and women and their families provide extraordinary service to the Commonwealth. We strive to follow their example and will use this occasion every year to recommit ourselves to doing so."
"Patriots Day brings the people of Massachusetts together around the shared history and traditions that make our region so unique," said Massachusetts Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett. "Our first responders are always present to guard our safety as we celebrate these traditions, and it is fitting that we have a day to official commemorate all that they do."
"I couldn't think of a better time for Governor Baker to sign this legislation, and I am proud to have him joining us in remembering our first responders, especially given it is the anniversary weekend of the marathon bombings. Ever since (former Tewksbury selectman) Jerry Selissen first approached me with this idea I have been determined to see this legislation through, as a day of thanks to our first responders was long overdue," said bill sponsor Representative James Miceli. "These men and women who serve as our firefighters, EMT, police, and more risk everything by putting on their uniforms, and I know the people of the Commonwealth will join Governor Baker and myself in showing their appreciation to our first responders, both past and present."
This year, April 17, 2016 shall be designated as First Responders Day.
Quincy Recreation Department: Summer Playground Program:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Barry J. Welch, Director of Recreation and the staff at Quincy Recreation Department will be hosting their summer program for the supervision playground begins on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 through Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 15 locations with supervised activities for boys and girls ages 6 through 16. The playgrounds are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. There will be no program on Monday, July 4, 2016.
The free program offers supervised activities that include active games and sports, weekly sports competitions, as well as arts and crafts. There are special events and weekly field trips to local attractions. In addition to the high school and college staff members who are assigned to each playground, a sports specialist and an arts and crafts specialist visit each location in a regular rotation. Registration is done at the playground and continues throughout the summer to accommodate youngsters who may return from vacation or summer school programs. Participants must be residents of the City of Quincy and may attend the program of their choice.
The locations of the 2016 Supervised Playgrounds are:
* Faxon Park
* Kincaide Park/Sterling Middle School Park
* O'Rourke Playground
* Forbes Hill Playground
* Perkins Playground
* Arthur Boyson Park/Heron Road
* Snug Harbor Playground/Palmer Park
* LaBreque Field
* Fore River Field
* Wendall Moses Playground/Squantum
* Bishop Playground/Montclair
* Fenno Street Courts
* Beechwood Knoll Playground
* Mass Field Playground
* Welcome Young Playground
For more information about the 2016 Summer Playground Program, please contact Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Lt. Governor Polito Announces New Policies Targeting Human Trafficking in Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
New State Police unit, updated DCF intake policy to target trafficking
Boston, MA -- In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today announced new policies to target human trafficking in the Commonwealth led by the Massachusetts State Police and Department of Children and Families (DCF). Joined by Governor Baker and members of the administration, Polito introduced the formation of a Human Trafficking Unit within the State Police, and improved interagency coordination and communication between the State Police and the Department of Children and Families, will allow Troopers to better assist local law enforcement officials in investigations. Additionally, as part of the administration's reforms at DCF, sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking is now a reportable condition regardless of whether the perpetrator is the caregiver.
"Our administration is pleased to announce these critical reforms during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month to target the drivers of trafficking and do more to keep our children and communities safe," said Lt. Governor Polito, chair of the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. "The council will continue working with law enforcement and community leaders to identify more ways to eradicate this epidemic, and we look forward to more collaboration with Attorney General Healey and the legislature on future efforts to end human trafficking in the Commonwealth and beyond."
"The buying and selling of human lives is an abhorrent practice that is still taking place in Massachusetts, and we owe it to those who find themselves unwilling participants in it to take steps to stop it," said Governor Baker. "I'm pleased to have the State Police and DCF work collaboratively to implement and create new tools to increase reporting requirements and target trafficking for juveniles as we work to rid our Commonwealth of this abominable scourge."
"Creating a dedicated Human Trafficking Unit within the State Police will enhance interagency cooperation and communication with the Department of Children and Families and assist law enforcement officials at all levels with their investigations of this terrible crime," said Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett.
"Protecting children in our care is a significant priority. This is another example of the Department of Children and Families strengthening its policies and furthering its commitment to child protection and safety. We are now able track reports of suspected human trafficking among youth," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
"I am proud of DCF staff leadership on a federal grant that engages law enforcement and providers in proactively identifying and supporting children who have been trafficked," said DCF Commissioner Linda Spears. "A collaborative approach is crucial to protecting children from these predators and meeting the unique needs of youth who have been victimized."
"One of the most important priorities of any police department is protection of the most vulnerable members of society," said State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon. "This unit will be an important part of our broader mission to protect the Commonwealth's children and teenagers."
A new Human Trafficking Unit within the Massachusetts State Police has been created to specifically target trafficking cases involving juveniles age 18 and under, and will coordinate their efforts with the Department of Children and Families. While playing a support role with local police in smaller cases, the Human Trafficking Unit will collaborate with local law enforcement on the investigations of larger trafficking cases. Detective Lieutenant Pi Downsbrough will lead the team of three (3) other State Police Troopers.
A key change to DCF's new protective intake policy spearheaded by the Baker-Polito Administration is that the victimization of a child through sexual exploitation and/or human trafficking must be immediately referred to the District Attorney, regardless if the person responsible is a caregiver or not. With the support of a five-year federal grant awarded in 2014, DCF is partnering with county-based Children's Advocacy Centers to establish multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) to respond to DCF referrals. MDTs are now operating in Suffolk, Hampden, Bristol and Barnstable/Duke Counties, with the remaining counties coming online by fall 2018. The grant also provides training and technical assistance to each county, the MDTs, and youth-serving organizations, and assists with updates to DCF policies to include human trafficking and the needs of victims and at-risk youth.
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, over 1,300 human trafficking calls have been reported in the Commonwealth since 2007 -- and a majority of cases involve the sex trafficking of adult females. This statistic does not account for cases that are underreported, which continues to be a major challenge for law enforcement and state agencies, like Department of Children and Families, as they seek to identify the drivers of human trafficking in our state. As reported by the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a program that partners with public and private agencies for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation, 70 percent of their referrals involve DCF as child welfare is identified as a risk factor for children who are victimized by trafficking.
Separately, with the support of a five-year federal grant awarded in 20145, DCF is partnering with county-based Children's Advocacy Centers to establish Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) to respond to DCF referrals. MDTs are now operating in Suffolk, Hampden, Bristol and Barnstable/Duke Counties, with the remaining counties coming online by fall 2018. The grants also provides training and technical assistance to each county, the MDTs, and youth-serving organizations, and assists with updates to DCF policies to include human trafficking and the needs of victims and at-risk youth.
The budget proposal put forth by Governor Baker in January includes funding in the Executive Office for Public Safety to create domestic violence prevention training programs for local law enforcement and a best practice toolkit for cities and towns. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal also includes an additional $200,000 over FY 2016 to fund the annualization of four domestic violence specialists brought on in FY 2016, as well as a $93,000 increase over FY 2016 (to $4.5 million) for the Department of Public Health's Sexual assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Pediatric SANE Program.
West of Chestnut Construction Update: Contractor Launches Project Website
Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance and developer Gate Residential have created a website for construction updates on the first phrase of downtown redevelopment, called "West of Chestnut," the mixed-use residential and retail development in the heart of downtown. Updates can be found here: CLICK HERE.
Quincy Department of Public Works: Curbside Collection of Yardwaste:
Mayor Thomas P. Koch | DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi
* Wednesday, June 1, 2016 through Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Monday, June 13, 2016 through Friday, June 17, 2016
* Monday, June 27, 2016 through Thursday, June 30, 2016
* Friday, July 1, 2016
* Tuesday, July 5, 2016 through Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Monday, July 11, 2016 through Friday, July 15, 2016
* Monday, July 25, 2016 through Friday, July 29, 2016
* Monday, August 8, 2016 through Friday, August 12, 2016
* Monday, August 22, 2016 through Friday, August 26, 2016
* Tuesday, September 6, 2016 through Saturday, September 10, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Monday, September 19, 2016 through Friday, September 23, 2016
* Monday, October 3, 2016 through Friday, October 7, 2016
* Tuesday, October 11, 2016 through Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Monday, October 17, 2016 through Friday, October 21, 2016
* Monday, October 31, 2016
* Tuesday, November 1, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016
* Monday, November 7, 2016 through Thursday, November 10, 2016
* Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Monday, November 14, 2016 through Friday, November 18, 2016
* Monday, November 21, 2016 through Wednesday, November 23, 2016
* Friday, November 25, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Saturday, November 26, 2016 - Trash Delay
* Monday, November 28, 2016 through Wednesday, November 30, 2016
* Thursday, December 1, 2016
* Friday, December 2, 2016
* Monday, December 5, 2016 through Friday, December 9, 2016
Quincy Public Schools Security Department E-mail Directory: 2015-2016
Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security and Transportation:
Sheila Calabro, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Rick Palumbo, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Kevin Keith, Security Officer at North Quincy High School:
Steve McGowan, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Tom McInnis, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
John Hyacinthe, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Mark Spendlove, Security Officer at Quincy High School:
Subject to change for the 2015-2016 school year of e-mail directory.
Quincy Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:
Mayor Thomas P. Koch | Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools
|Students in Grade 1 through 9||Wednesday, September 7, 2016|
|Students in Grade 10 through 12||Thursday, September 8, 2016|
|Students in Kindergarten & Pre-K||Monday, September 12, 2016|
|Last Day of Seniors (Day of 168)||Thursday, June 1, 2017|
|NQHS Class of 2017 Graduation||Monday, June 12, 2017|
|QHS Class of 2017 Graduation||Tuesday, June 13, 2017|
|Last Day of School for students (Day 180)||Monday, June 19, 2017|
|Last Day of School for students (Day 180)||Monday, June 26, 2017* (5 days of snow day)|
* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.
Quincy Department of Public Works: Street Sweeping Information:
Mayor Thomas P. Koch | DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016: Zone 1 (Ward 1 and Ward 2)
Monday, November 7, 2016 through Thursday, November 10, 2016: Zone 1 (Ward 1 and Ward 2)
Monday, November 14, 2016 through Friday, November 18, 2016: Zone 2 (Ward 3 and Ward 4)
Monday, November 21, 2016 through Wednesday, November 23, 2016: Zone 2 (Ward 3 and Ward 4)
Monday, November 28, 2016 through Wednesday, November 30, 2016: Zone 3 (Ward 5 and Ward 6)
Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Friday December 9, 2016: Zone 3 (Ward 5 and Ward 6)
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Calendar:
Statewide Primary Election:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Boston Public Schools: 2016-2017 School Year Calendar:
Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston | Tommy Chang, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools
|School District||School Calendar|
|Students in Grade 1 through 12||Thursday, September 8, 2016|
|Kindergarten Students||Monday, September 12, 2016|
|Last Day of School for Seniors||Friday, June 7, 2017|
|Last Day of School for students (Day 179)||Tuesday, June 20, 2017|
|Last Day of School for students (Day 180)||Wednesday, June 21, 2017|
|Wednesday, June 28, 2017 * (5 snow days make up)|
* = Subject to change if the weather permitting.
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