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Quincy Health Department Urges Rabies Protection:
The City of Quincy Health Department received word from the State Laboratory Institute today that a raccoon from Quincy was determined to be positive for rabies. In response, the Health Department is urging residents to practice rabies protection this summer and throughout the year by avoiding contact with wild animals that display unusual or aggressive behavior, and to insure their pets are vaccinated against the disease.
Specifically, we recommend the following:
* Avoid wild animals, especially bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons. Do not feed or pet strays. Avoid any animal, wild, or domestic that you do not know. Report any animal activity that behaves oddly to your local animal control official.
* Teach your children to avoid wildlife, strays, and all other animals that they do not know well.
* Do not handle sick, dead or injured wild animals yourself; call the animal control officer. If you MUST handle the animal, use heavy gloves, sticks or other tools to avoid direct contact.
* Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies and that their shots are up-to-date. By law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies.
* Feed pets indoors and keep them indoors at night. If they are outside during the day, keep them on a leash or fenced in so they cannot wander.
* Fasten trash can lids tightly. Store trash and garbage in durable covered containers. Garbage can attract wild and domestic animals looking for an easy meal.
* It is against state law to keep wild animals such as skunks or raccoons as pets. There are no rabies vaccines for most wild species.
* Cap your chimney with screens and block openings in attics, cellars, and porches to keep wild animals such as bats, raccoons and skunks out of your home. If you have bats in your house, talk to a professional about bat-proofing in your home.
Quincy Recreation Department: 46th Annual Quincy Tennis Tournament 2016:
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 are hosting their 46th Annual Quincy Tennis Tournament with a full sponsored by Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy and Quincy Credit Union begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 through Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Quincy High School Tennis Court: Edgefield Road, Quincy, MA to opens for the residents, persons with disabilities, citizens of Quincy and the City of Quincy employees are welcome to sign up and register.
The Quincy Tennis Tournament was established in the fall of 1970 to host by Mayor James R. McIntyre and the City of Quincy.
2016 Tennis Tournament Rules and Information:
* All players must be Quincy residents. Players must show their driver's license or other proof of Quincy residency before their first match.
* Weather permitting, matches will be conducted in all events weekdays from 6:00 -- 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m. -- 9:00 p.m. Players should be prepared to play nights and weekends. 1st and 2nd round matches must be played within 24 hours of the posted time upon approval of the tournament director. NO EXCEPTIONS.
* Matches are played at the tennis courts behind Quincy High School.
* Registration Fee: $20.00 which includes all events plus a commemorative t-shirt. Children who are entering the Boys and Girls 16 & Under event ONLY have an entry fee of $10.00. No application form will be accepted unless accompanied by fee. Checks to be made out to: Quincy Recreation Department.
* All players must furnish a can of U.S.T.A. approved tennis balls. (White or Optic Yellow ONLY).
* The Draw will be posted at the tennis courts behind Quincy High School on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 and Thursday, September 15, 2016 at between the hours of 6:30 -- 8:00 p.m..
* The draw boards are the only notification of match times. Participants WILL NOT be notified by phone. Check the draw boards regularly!
* Events will begin on Friday, September 16, 2016 and it is the participant's responsibility to know the match days and times.
* 2016 Quincy Tennis Tournament Registration & Brochure Information: Click Here.
* Online Registration is now available at: QuincyRec.com with the details to sign up & register for 2016 Tennis Tournament.
The 2016 Quincy Tennis Tournament Events: Men's Singles, Men's 35 and Over Singles, Men's 50 and Over Singles, Men's 60 and Over Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Women's Singles, Women's 35 and Over Singles, Women's Doubles, Boys 16 and Under Singles, Girls 16 and Under Singles and City of Quincy Employees.
For more information about the 2016 Quincy Tennis Tournament, please contact Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns during the normal business hours of operations.
Quincy Public Schools: Summer Hours & New Student Registration:
All Quincy Public Schools elementary and middle school offices are closed and will re-open on Monday, August 29, 2016. For new students, please call your elementary or middle school office to make an appointment to register for school after on Monday, August 29, 2016.
North Quincy High School and Quincy High School are open for registration throughout July and August. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
For students whose first language is not English, please contact Central Middle School Registration at (617) 376-3383, beginning on Monday, August 15, 2016 to schedule for an appointment.
For additional information about registration or to obtain elementary or middle school records before on Monday, August 29, 2016, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (617) 984-8701.
Governor Baker Signs Bill naming Cruiseport Boston in Honor of Former Mayor Ray Flynn:
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed legislation naming the Massachusetts Port Authority's Cruiseport Boston in honor of Raymond L. Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Vatican.
"Mayor Flynn has answered the call to represent both the people of Boston and the United States throughout his career and private life," said Governor Charlie Baker. "He is the epitome of what a public servant should be, always a consummate professional, and a dedicated family man. It gives me great pride to sign legislation that will ensure Mayor Flynn's legacy is honored in his native South Boston forever."
"The Port of Boston first welcomed millions of our immigrants families to America," said Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Vatican. "It is where our military troops arrived home from war, and a place that helped build a strong maritime economy and created millions of jobs for hard working Americans. They are the people we honor today and I'm proud that my name will forever be part of this remarkable American story."
"A proud son of South Boston, Ambassador Flynn's connection to the Port of Boston runs deep," said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston). "From his time as Longshoreman to his years as Mayor, Ray Flynn was passionate about growing the maritime industry and helping the Port achieve record-breaking success. Ambassador Flynn's ongoing work and proud legacy will be forever honored in his beloved South Boston as we name the Cruiseport the Flynn Cruiseport Boston."
"Ray Flynn worked on the waterfront for years as a longshoreman, as did his fathers and brothers," said Representative Nick Collins (D-South Boston). "While a state representative for South Boston, he led the House's Boston Harbor Cleanup Committee and oversaw one of the most important and successful environmental efforts in our state's history. Renaming the Cruiseport in his honor is a fitting tribute to his years of dedicated service and his commitment to helping make the South Boston waterfront the urban oasis that it is today."
"What a suitable tribute that the Cruiseport located in South Boston will be known as The Raymond L. Flynn Cruiseport at Black Falcon Terminal," said State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester). "As a son of South Boston, Ambassador Flynn served as Mayor, City Councilor and State Representative and dedicated his life to public service."
Governor Baker Signs Legislation Investing in Local Transportation Infrastructure:
Establishes $50 million small bridge program, broadens Complete Streets authorization, leverages $750 million in federal highway funding
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker has signed legislation supporting major new investments in the Commonwealth's local transportation infrastructure, including a $50 million Municipal Small Bridge Program, the broadening of the Complete Streets Funding Program to support projects in more municipalities, and a $750 million authorization for federal highway aid.
"We recognize the important role transportation infrastructure plays in the strength of our communities and economy," said Governor Baker. "I am pleased to sign this legislation providing additional support for our cities and towns to focus on important local projects and accessibility."
The legislation, An Act providing for the financing of certain improvement to municipal roads and bridges (H. 4424), authorizes $50 million in investments over five years for the Municipal Small Bridge Program, first introduced by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this year to support approximately 1,300 bridges on municipal roads across Massachusetts spanning lengths between 10 and 20 feet. The program targets small bridge projects not eligible for federal aid under existing replacement or rehabilitation programming and are at high risk for full or partial closure due to present condition, at up to $500,000 per year, per municipality for administration, design and construction.
"Since taking office, we have prioritized local investments and flexibility and thank the legislature for authorizing funding for critical small bridge repairs and municipal improvements," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Consistent with the Community Compact Program, I have been proud to champion on behalf of the administration, the expansion of Complete Streets encourages cities and towns to plan and adopt best practices for safe travel across all modes of transit."
The bill broadens the authorization of the Complete Streets Funding Program. Launched with $12.5 million in funding by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this year, Complete Streets provides up to $500,000 for technical assistance and up to $400,000 in construction costs for communities to plan and incorporate best practices into the design and build of safe modes of travel for the public, including pedestrians, cyclers, drivers and users of mass transit.
"Some projects can be game changers for citizens, and the Baker-Polito Administration aims through these programs to help communities preserve, refurbish, and rebuild small bridges or invest in accessibility for the people who live, work and attend school nearby," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "These programs are among the many examples of the administration's partnership with cities and towns to ensure positive local impacts and vitality."
"This legislation enables us to continue to make important investments in infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner," said Executive Office of Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. "The legislation expands on the already strong relationships the Baker-Polito Administration has with our municipalities and will greatly assist communities across the state address their deferred maintenance needs."
"These bridges are critical pieces of infrastructure and posting or closing them can have major impacts on the lives of residents and business owners," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin. "We look forward to continuing our work with community partners on repairs to local infrastructure and investments that can prioritize these projects."
The legislation signed by the governor includes a $750 million authorization request for the federal aid highway program of which the Commonwealth will be responsible for $135 million and a change bringing bonds issued for the Rail Enhancement Program in line with similar projects like the Accelerated Bridge Program by making them exempt from the statutory debt limit.
Governor Baker Signs Economic Development Legislation:
$1 billion initiative will advance community development, workforce training, and innovation
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed comprehensive economic development legislation into law, providing up to $1 billion in new investments in communities, workforce training, and innovation across Massachusetts, and deepening the state's economic competitiveness.
The new economic development law, An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), advances job creation by expanding the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to building a skilled workforce and connecting residents to economic opportunities, strengthening community and housing development efforts, and investing in the emerging technologies that will underpin the Commonwealth's economic future.
"This legislation unleashes valuable opportunities for investments in the development of revolutionary new technologies and community-based innovation, connecting every region of the Commonwealth to the innovation economy," said Governor Charlie Baker. "By pairing those investments with a growing commitment to workforce development in high-demand fields like advancing manufacturing, computer science, and robotics, we will deepen our efforts to build the nation's most competitive workforce. I am proud this bipartisan legislation will support the grown of our state's nationally-leading innovation economy, and help develop the jobs of tomorrow."
"Strong communities are the cornerstone of our Commonwealth, and this economic development legislation provides a robust set of tools that will allow state government to partner with communities, and advance our common goals," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "By providing critical funds for public infrastructure, site cleanup, and Gateway City redevelopment, this legislation will unlock local and regional economic development priorities, and connect citizens across Massachusetts to economic opportunity."
"This bill will help our communities and businesses work together to build our economy," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. "More and better jobs are on the way."
"The 2016 economic development law will help Massachusetts remain a national leader and position us fro growth," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "This programs in this bill complement one another and, in doing so, support residents from all backgrounds, encourage growth in every region of the Commonwealth, and provide opportunities for businesses in diverse industries. Additionally, I believe the college savings plan will provide vital support to our students and families as they prepare for a bright future."
An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development provides new capital funding for local infrastructure, Brownfields site cleanup, Gateway Cities development, site assembly and site readiness, workforce development, emerging technologies, and community-based innovation. The legislation also reforms the state's smart growth housing toolbox, streamlines the state's Economic Development Incentive Program, and allows for the expansion of Boston's Conley cargo terminal. And it updates obsolete liquor laws, ensuring that Massachusetts farmer-wineries will continue to be able to sell their products on their own premises.
"This legislation reflects the collaborative spirit that drives our economic development efforts," said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. "It is the result of more than a year of conversations with scores of legislators and administration officials, as well as thousands of conversations with business leaders, municipal officials, educators, community advocates and other stakeholders. And it reflects our shared vision of creating economic opportunities, economic prosperity, and economic mobility throughout the Commonwealth."
"The Workforce Skills Capital grants established in this legislation will make a vital difference to many of our education institutions across the state, which are training and educating tomorrow's workforce," said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II. "These grants will enable vocational schools, career and technical schools, community colleges and other organizations focused on skill-building to purchase the most up-to-date equipment. These investments will lead to more skilled workers who are able to get good-paying jobs, and help our businesses meet their increasing needs for a pipeline of trained workers."
"This new Workforce Skills Capital Grant program will help give schools and community colleges the equipment and infrastructure they need to train students and current workers in high need occupations on the latest technology," said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. "We've already seen the impact this year's capital investments have had on our ability to increase institutional collaboration and industry partnerships and we are thrilled to be able to expand this critical programs thanks to this important piece of legislation."
"Smart growth housing helps build stronger communities, and stronger families," said Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. "This legislation contains several powerful new levers for supporting the creation of workforce housing in all types of communities, from Gateway Cities, to town centers and urban neighborhoods, to suburban communities. I'm proud that this legislation will help working families across Massachusetts access more moderately-priced housing."
An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development is organized around four main themes: community development, workforce development, innovation, and economic competitiveness. Highlights of the legislation include:
* MassWorks ($500 million capital authorization): Reauthorizes a capital grant program that will provides municipalities and other public entitles with public infrastructure grants to support economic development and job creation.
* Transformative Development Initiative ($45 million capital authorization): Supports the revitalization of Gateway Cities, by enabling MassDevelopment to make long-term patient equity investments in key properties in Transformative Development Initiative districts, with the goal of accelerating the maturation of private real estate markets.
* Brownfields Redevelopment Fund ($45 million capital authorization): Moves funding for the state's Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to the capital program, providing a reliable long-term funding stream for a fund that is the Commonwealth's primary tool for facilitating the redevelopment of contaminated properties.
* Site Readiness Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Advances regional job creation by creating a new fund for site assembly and pre-development activities that support regionally significant commercial or industrial development opportunities.
* Massachusetts Food Trust Program ($6.4 million capital authorization): Capitalizes a financing program to support rural agriculture and increase food security in low- and moderate-income communities.
* Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Moves funding for the state's Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund to the capital program, providing a reliable long-term funding stream for a fund that is Commonwealth's primary tool for facilitating smart growth housing development.
* Starter Home Zoning: Incentivizes the creation of smaller, denser, and more affordable single-family homes by creating a new starter home option under the Chapter 40R smart growth housing program.
* Housing-Related Tax Increment Financing: Supports housing production in town centers and urban neighborhoods by reforming a seldom-used local-only smart growth tax incentive program, removing onerous regulations, and allowing communities to set their own affordability requirements.
* Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) Reform: Supports the development of market-rate housing in Gateway Cities by allowing credits to support new construction, and by raising the formula that sets housing development incentives.
* Workforce Skills Capital Grants ($45 million capital authorization): Establishes a new grant program for workforce development training equipment, to strengthen workforce skills, and create strong employment pipelines.
The Massachusetts Innovation Initiative:
* Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) ($71 million capital authorization): Provides matching grants to establish public-private applied research institutes around emerging manufacturing technologies. The state's capital funds will be matched with federal and private industry funds.
* Scientific and Technology Research and Development Matching Grant Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Reauthorizes a capital grant program that funds nonprofit, university-led research collaboratives working to commercialize emerging technologies, thereby supporting the development of emerging industry clusters.
* Community Innovation Infrastructure Fund ($15 million capital authorization): Creates a new fund for making capital grants that support community-based innovation efforts, including co-working spaces, venture centers, maker spaces and artist spaces.
* Digital Health Care Cluster Development: Broadens the statutory charge of Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) to include digital health cluster development.
* Angel Investor Tax Credit: Promotes startup activity and job creation in the Gateway Cities, by incentivizing investment in early-stage life sciences and digital health firms.
* Conley Terminal Rehabilitation ($109.5 million capital authorization): Permits the Massachusetts Port Authority to pursue the reconstruction of South Boston's Conley Terminal including berth construction and crane procurement, to accommodate new, larger cargo ships.
* College Savings Tax Deduction: Provides Massachusetts residents with tax deductions for making deposits into prepaid tuition or college savings accounts.
* Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) Reforms: Builds accountability in the state's primary job-creation incentive program by strengthening the link between the issuance of tax credits, and job creation that would not otherwise occur; adds flexibility to the incentive program by eliminating obsolete, formula-driven incentive categories.
* Liquor Law Reforms: Protects the ability of farmer-wineries, farmer-breweries, and farmer-distilleries to serve products on their own premises; supports consumer choice and access to markets by allowing retailers who sell alcohol to also serve alcohol in in-house cafés; liberalizes restrictions on the sale of alcohol around certain holidays.
* Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) Modifications: Shifts the focus of nonprofit regional economic development nonprofits toward systems-based efforts to stimulate economic growth, including strengthening the regional skills pipeline, and executing regional industry cluster development strategies.
* Fantasy Sports: Legalizes daily fantasy sports contests operated in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Attorney General.
Governor Baker Signs Legislation Enhancing Partnerships Between State and Municipal Governments:
New law is the product of extensive outreach and input from municipal officials
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation improving critical components of the partnership between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility. The legislation, An Act Modernizing Municipal Finance and Government (H.4565), reflects operational modernization and technological advancement at the local level, allowing municipalities to better address local issues.
"This municipal modernization legislation is a great example of some true weed whacking of outdated, clunky laws that will empower municipalities and support good-governing at the local level across the Commonwealth," said Governor Charlie Baker. "As two former local officials ourselves, the Lieutenant Governor and I have a true appreciation for the independence and flexibility created by this commonsense bill, allowing municipal officials to better serve all of our constituents and create stronger communities in all of our 351 cities and towns."
"City and town officials across the Commonwealth know they have a reliable partner in the Baker-Polito Administration," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Whether through the working group we established shortly after taking office that generated over 1,300 suggestions from over 235 municipalities and school districts on how to deliver services more efficiently, or the more than 231 Communities that have signed a Community Compact, the ongoing dialogue we have had with local officials and our partners in the legislature is what made this effort possible."
The Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to support and partner with local municipal governments remains a strong priority. As a part of the Building Stronger Communities tour, Lt. Governor Polito has met with officials from over 130 municipalities and professional associations. Since the establishment of the Community Compact Cabinet, Lt. Governor Polito has signed over 230 compacts to strengthen partnerships between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. These initiatives facilitate better communication and collaboration with local officials to further implement best practices in municipal governance.
"When we introduce these reforms in December we did so with four key themes aimed to help our municipal partners improve the way they conduct their day-to-day business," said Administration and Finance Secretary, Kristen Lepore. "These reforms eliminate and update obsolete laws, promote local independence, streamline state oversight and provide municipalities with greater flexibility to modernize ways in which our communities conduct their business."
"Like clearing out the cobwebs in an old barn, modernizing the way our municipalities are allowed to operate and streamlining state oversight by eliminating outdated requirements will make a difference at the ground level for people," said Dan Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence. "I want to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Rosenberg and the Legislature for dedicating such a tremendous amount of time and effort on what may seem like small, mundane items, but that will an incredible impact on citizens lives throughout the Commonwealth."
"As former local officials the Governor and Lieutenant Governor recognize the challenges faced by municipal leaders as we strive to deliver the highest level of service to our residents and business owners," said Andrew Maylor, North Andover Town Manager. "Governor Baker's sponsorship of the Municipal Modernization Act as well the administration's comprehensive review of Executive Branch regulations, demonstrates support for our efforts and his commitment to cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth."
"Outdated bureaucracy and impediments to operational efficiencies negatively impact government services and our residents," said Ed Augustus, Worcester City Manager. "This legislation will allow the City of Worcester to be more nimble and better meet the expectations of our community and the fast paced and dynamic environment in which we live."
"The municipal modernization legislation signed today address a number seemingly small issues that can offer weigh on a local city and town, particularly those with limited resources," said Lisa Blackmer, President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). "The MMA wants to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Lepore, Speaker DeLeo, and President Rosenberg for their attentiveness to those issues and we look forward to more efficient and flexible local governments as a result of this key legislation."
The foundations of the Municipal Modernization bill are: eliminating or update obsolete laws; promoting local independence; streamlining state oversight; and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.
Eliminate or Update Obsolete Laws:
* Eliminate required reports on county government matters - Repeals provisions of the county finance statute that require DLS to review various aspects of county government finance.
* Electronic issuance of Civil Motor Vehicle Infraction (CMVI) - Adopts the necessary changes to the civil motor vehicle infraction law to allow cities and towns to issue citations electronically.
* Update OPEB Trust Fund Statue GASB compliant - This change clarifies current language to makes it easier for governmental units to create an OPEB trust fund that complies with the legal requirements for trusts with GASB.
* Creates a uniform and consistent deadline for taxpayers seeking personal exemptions - Sets April 1 as the deadline for personal exemption applications in all communities.
Promote Local Independence:
* Eliminates Statutory Caps on Stabilization funds, reserve funds, revolving funds -- Amends current law by permitting appropriations into the fund by majority vote and permits the municipality, without appropriation, to dedicate all or a portion of particular revenue streams to the fund.
* Expands a municipality's ability to make year-end budget adjustments.
* Liberalizes use of stabilization fund, reserve funds, revolving funds -- Broadens the resolving funds statutes to permit more flexibility in the use of such funds and to eliminate all caps.
* Increases threshold for payment of court judgments without appropriation and eliminate DLS approval -- Amends current law to reflect the current operating environment where obligations to make immediate payments based on various legal claims now are just as likely to result from decisions of administrative agencies rather than just court judgments.
* Eliminates certain reporting requirements to DLS.
Streamline State Oversight:
* Extends the certification review of local assessing practices from three to five years.
* Eliminates the four year state valuation and replaces it with a formula for the distribution of PILOT's (state-owned land).
* Updates statutes that dictate DLS duties to reflect changes in Division's mission over past 30 years.
* Eliminates DLS approval for things such as abatement of taxes on low-valued land and abatement of taxes on properties being made available for affordable housing.
* Eliminates requirements to print and distribute certain forms and approve use of electronic forms.
Provide Municipalities with Greater Flexibility:
* Simplifies, clarifies and increases state and municipal procurement thresholds -- Various reforms designed to give municipalities more flexibility in how they procure construction contracts.
* Simplifies and updates debt statutes - Increases short-term borrowing max from 5 to years, allows borrowing for a reimbursable state grant, and increases the de minimis surplus bond balance that may be used to pay debt service.
* Raises the ceiling on the residential exemption from 20 to 35% -- This change will greatly benefit cities and towns with large seasonal populations.
* Allows municipal committees to designate one of its own members, or a town manager/administrator, to review and approve bills and warrants.
Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation:
Reduces Ratepayer Costs, Embraces Advanced Technologies and Diversifies Energy Portfolio to Include Hydropower and Other Renewables
Boston, MA -- Today, in a continued effort to stabilized electric rates, ensure a diversified energy portfolio for the Commonwealth, and embrace advanced technologies, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive energy diversity legislation into law at the State House with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, legislative leaders, and energy and environment stakeholders. An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H.4568) garnered bi-partisan support and promotes the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to reducing energy costs while strengthening the state's clean energy economy and progressing towards Massachusetts' greenhouse gas reduction requirements.
"Massachusetts is always at the forefront of adopting innovative clean energy solutions, and this legislation will allow us to build on that legacy and embrace increased amounts of renewable energy, including hydropower," said Governor Charlie Baker. "With our partners in the Legislature, the Commonwealth has taken another major step towards providing residents and businesses with a cost-effective and reliable clean energy future."
"The hydroelectric and offshore wind power generation authorized in this legislation will play a crucial role in securing clean and cost-effective energy for the Commonwealth's ratepayers," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "By utilizing renewable sources of power generation, Massachusetts will continue to lead the nation in embracing economic and environmentally friendly methods to generate electricity to meet the needs of our communities."
"The ability to procure clean hydroelectric power and off-shore wind is another important milestone in the Commonwealth's transition to a diversified energy portfolio," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. "By embracing renewable energy generation technologies, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to make progress in achieving the emissions reductions targets set forth by the Global Warming Solutions Act."
Consistent with the Baker-Polito Administration's previously filed legislation authorizing the procurement of hydropower generation, An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H.4568) requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 megawatts (MW) of clean energy generation -- base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources. In addition to recognizing the necessity of hydropower generation to provide reliable generation to meet Massachusetts' energy demand and achieve the greenhouse gas emissions goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act, the legislation signed by Governor Baker allows for the procurement of approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind. The bill spurs the development of an emerging offshore wind industry to create jobs and represent the largest commitment by any state in the nation to offshore wind.
"Massachusetts is taking yet another important step towards a clean energy economy," said Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Chairman, State Senator Ben Downing (D-Pittsfield). "We are jump starting two industries - offshore wind & energy storage - that will shape our future, while recommitting ourselves to meeting our Global Warming Solutions Act requirements. More will need to be done, but this effort shows we are up to doing it."
"The conference report creates the pathway towards our clean energy future," said House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill). "By focusing on procurement this bill does the hard work of translating goals into a process that will make them a reality. The 2800MW of combined wind and hydro energy approved in the conference report will ensure that Massachusetts remains a national leader on clean energy and will help to secure a more reliable and sustainable future."
The bill also builds on Massachusetts' national energy efficiency leadership, providing additional support for the Commonwealth's business community by establishing a commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The PACE program, facilitated by MassDevelopment and the Department of Energy Resources, will enable commercial and industrial property owners across the state to finance comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades that are repaid through a property tax assessment on their building.
"This legislation is another step forward in diversifying our energy supply while moving Massachusetts towards our green energy future," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "We must continue to work together to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while also addressing unacceptably high electricity rates."
"With this bill, the Commonwealth has taken an important step of expanding clean energy while looking out for ratepayers," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). "I thank my colleagues for crafting this smart strategy that will bring stability to costs while expanding opportunities for offshore wind and hydro. "I'd also like to thank the Baker Administration for its foresight in prioritizing energy legislation."
In an effort to enhance ratepayer savings associated with the procurement of renewable energy resources, the bi-partisan legislation authorizes the use of energy storage technologies paired with renewable power generation. Advanced energy storage technologies include batteries, flywheels, thermal and compressed air technologies that allow merchants, utilities, and electricity customers to store and discharge energy as needed instead of purchasing or generating more expensive energy during times of peak demand. The legislation also directs the Department of Energy Resources to determine if energy storage goals are prudent for the Commonwealth and, if is so, to set a procurement target for 2020. Recognizing the importance that energy storage technology holds for the Commonwealth's energy market, the Baker-Polito Administration previously announced a $10 million Energy Storage Initiative to study opportunities to support the Massachusetts energy storage market. Massachusetts is now only the third state in the nation to authorize an energy storage procurement goal.
"Energy storage technology has the potential to be a game changer for the Massachusetts energy market, further cementing our place as a national clean energy leader," said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. "By pairing renewable energy resources with energy storage technology, this legislation will allow the Commonwealth to lower energy costs for ratepayers, shave our peak demand energy usage, and reduce our state's carbon emissions."
"Today marks an historic occasion for the Commonwealth in creating a new industry via off-shore wind," said House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia A. Haddad (D-Somerset). "This legislation also provides us with a solid foundation from which we can further increase our renewable energy sources and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Governor Baker and Secretary Beaton have been good partners throughout the crafting of this bill and it has been a pleasure to work with them."
"This implementation of the omnibus energy bill will help Massachusetts meet its goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the expansion of clean and renewable energy resources, including hydropower and off-shore wind energy," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). "As a member of the conference committee that produced the final bill, I'm pleased we were able to reach a consensus that will move the Commonwealth forward in achieving a more diversified and environmentally-friendly energy portfolio."
"We need to make good choices now to ensure that Massachusetts has reliable energy for the future is cost-effective and environmentally sound," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester). "This legislation builds a clear framework for sources like offshore wind and hydroelectricity to play significant roles in that future."
"This is a monumental piece of energy legislation. This is a win for the environment, the economy and the people of the Commonwealth," said Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Chair Thomas A. Golden, Jr., (D-Lowell) and lead negotiator on the bill. "While this is a historic moment for the Commonwealth, there is still work to be done. However, this legislation will serve as the cornerstone of our clean, renewable future."
"I supported the passage of this energy bill because it advances offshore wind and hydropower in Massachusetts," said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton). "These initiatives will begin a new phase of clean energy procurement for the Commonwealth. Although this legislation is a good beginning, we have quite a long way to go to meet the requirements of the Global Warming Solutions Act and ensure a clean energy future for our state."
Governor Baker Signs Legislation Supporting Innovative Transportation Options:
Includes strongest state background check system in the nation for Uber, Lyft drivers
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation creating a modern statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies (TNCs), prioritizing public safety and recognizing Massachusetts' role as a leader in transportation innovation. The legislation, An Act Regulating Transportation Companies (H. 4570) includes support for transparent pricing, properly marked and inspected vehicles, clear insurance standards, authorization of service at Boston Logan International Airport and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the strongest state background check requirements in the nation.
"I am pleased to sign bipartisan legislation to ensure Massachusetts remains a leader for innovative new technologies, with safe and diverse transportation options and opportunities for hardworking individuals to earn a living," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This regulatory framework includes many of our own proposals to embrace disruptive technology and prioritize public safety to give consumers safe and reliable travel choices."
Governor Baker first filed TNC legislation in April, 2015. The bill enacted today provides for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to have regulatory authority over TNCs, establishes minimum disqualify offenses for drivers, and requires companies to maintain active rosters of their drivers who must undergo a full state Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check, including sex offender registry status, and a bi-annual national commercial background check conducted by the TNC company. The legislation further closes existing insurance coverage gaps by setting adequate insurance liability and coverage requirements for TNCs and their drivers, including a guaranteed $1 million minimum coverage as soon as a TNC driver accepts a request for a ride.
"The strength of Massachusetts' economy relies on the diversity of our transportation network and our acceptance of innovation to better serve everyone," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "We appreciate the legislature's collaboration with our administration, local officials, law enforcement, advocates and industry, to accept the important role these companies play in our economy and adopt a modern statewide regulatory structure that includes some of the strongest background check requirements in the nation."
The legislation also establishes a ride for hire task force consisting of state transportation, regulatory and public safety officials, legislators, local officials, law enforcement, accessibility, advocates, and industry representatives to actively review ride-for-hire regulations and make recommendations to ensure consumer protection, public safety and economic competitiveness.
"The Department of Public Utilities looks forward to implementing one of the most comprehensive ride-for-hire laws in the country," said Department of Public Utilities Chairman Angela O'Connor. "The new division within the Department will support innovation and encourage the success of this cutting edge industry while ensuring a strong commitment to public safety."
"Massachusetts is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, and we want to foster an environment where great ideas and new technologies can flourish," said Senate Ways and Means Chair, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). "Transportation network companies use innovative technology to provide a useful and needed service, yet they currently operate without any oversight or accountability to ensure public safety and consumer protection. This new law takes decisive action to oversee and regulate these companies, while allowing them to continue to thrive and innovate here in Massachusetts."
"With the signing of this bill into law, we in Massachusetts have created a framework for the TNC industry to continue to grow and thrive in the Commonwealth, while producing a bill that is second to none when it comes to public safety and consumer protections," said Joint Committee on Financial Services Chair, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston). "It is my belief that other states who have not yet dealt with this issue will look to Massachusetts as the model as they undertake their own legislation with regard to TNCs. I want to thank the Governor, my colleagues in the House and in the Senate for their leadership on this issue."
The law provides for a gradual implementation of one year for the promulgation of regulations and compliance by companies and drivers in order to ensure no interruption in existing TNC services and an assessment of TNCs that covers structure and oversight costs. A twenty-cent per-ride assessment collected from TNCs, that by statue shall not be charged to a rider or driver and sunsets after ten years, will provide support for state and local infrastructure impacts and assistance with new technology and service improvements for small businesses operating in the taxi, livery or hackney industries through MassDevelopment.
Governor Baker Signs Bipartisan Pay Equity Legislation:
New law prevents wage discrimination on the basis of gender
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, passed unanimously by both legislative branches, to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities to earn competitive salaries in the workplace. The Governor was joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, State Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Ellen Story, Representative Patricia Haddad and members of the Legislature at a signing ceremony in the State House to enact S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which will go into effect on July 1, 2018 for Commonwealth employers and employees.
"I am pleased to sign bipartisan legislation to create a more level playing field in the Commonwealth and ensure that everyone has the opportunity too earn a competitive salary for comparable work," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I thank the Legislature for unanimously passing this bill and working closely with the business community to support women and families across the state."
"This legislation is an important step toward advancing more equal, inclusive and thriving workplaces throughout the Commonwealth for women and families," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "We thank the Legislature for their collaboration with the Commonwealth's employers and their commitment to creating more opportunities for Massachusetts skilled workforce."
The new law will prevent pay discrimination for comparable work based on gender. The bill allows employees to freely discuss their salaries with coworkers, prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer and authorizes the Attorney General to issue regulations interpreting and applying the expanded law.
"The House is proud to have brought together stakeholders to ensure that we created a workable solution that will be effectively implemented," said Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). "I want to offer my sincerest thanks to those who have raised their voices and tenaciously pursued this issue for decades. Your work will shape a better and more just future for women in the Commonwealth."
"The Senate put pay equity on the Legislative agenda in January and with the Governor's signature today we move Massachusetts forward by protecting women from discrimination in the workplace and closing the gender pay gap," said Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst). "I thank my colleagues in both the Senate and House for taking on this important issue for the people of the Commonwealth."
Under the new law, employers are permitted to take certain attributes of an employee or applicant into account when determining variation in pay, like: their work experience, education, job training, or measurements of production, sales, or revenue.
"This new law is an important step toward ensuring economic security for Massachusetts women and families," said Attorney General Maura Healey. "It makes vital updates that reflect our modern economy and balance the needs of workers and the business community. We thank the House and Senate for moving this bill forward, especially Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Rosenberg, Ways and Means Chairs Dempsey and Spilka, Speaker Pro Tempore Haddad, Labor and Workforce Chairs Scibak and Wolf, and the bill's lead sponsors, Representatives Story and Livingstone and Senator Jehlen. We also thank Governor Baker for signing it into the law and the many business and advocacy groups who lent their support. Pay equity is not only a women's issue, it's a family issue, and with this new law on the books, we are closer to closing the pay gap in our state."
"The gender wage gap has a real impact on the lives of woman. It puts families at risk, and makes self-sufficiency in retirement more difficult," said State Auditor Suzanne Bump. "I commend the Legislature and the Governor for the recognizing the importance of the bill and passing it into law. This measure will ensure Massachusetts continues to be a leader in promoting equality and opportunity."
"The signing of the Equal Pay bill is a momentous occasion for Massachusetts," said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. "When women are paid what they are worth, families are stronger, our state is stronger, and our economy thrives."
"For too many generations women have done equally hard, equally skilled, and equally responsible work as men in the same workplace," said State Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville). "This is an important milestone on the journey toward equity for women and families all across this Commonwealth."
"I have been trying to get this bill passed since Senator Jehlen first filed it in 1998," said Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst). "But, there are some who have been waiting even longer. Marilyn Jancey and lunch ladies from Everett have been waiting since 1989. I am thrilled to help deliver this small slice of justice for those who have been waiting so long."
"This milestone legislation allows Massachusetts to, once again, lead the nation," said House Speaker Pro Tempore Representative Patricia A. Haddad (D-Somerset). "None of this would have taken place had not legislators on both sides of the aisle, the business community, the Attorney General's office and ordinary, everyday working citizens of the Commonwealth worked together to achieve this goal: equal pay for equal work."
The statute of limitations laid out currently under the Equal Pay statute will be expanded from one to three years and employees will no longer be required to pursue a general claim of intentional discrimination at the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination before filing a separate equal pay claim in court.
Mayor Walsh signs $2.98b Fiscal Year 2017 Budget:
The reform-oriented budget implements cost-saving measures and reinvests in a thriving, healthy, and innovative City.
Boston, MA -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today signed a $2.98 billion Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) City Budget that achieves savings through smart, data-oriented management; tackles structural challenges identified through operational reviews and planning; and makes target investments ranging from access to quality early childhood education, to addressing chronic and veteran homelessness, to reducing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response time.
"I am proud to sign a budget that makes Boston a safer, stronger and more compassionate city for many years to come," said Mayor Walsh. "Through better use of data and overtime reforms that save us money, we are able to make new investments in our schools, parks, libraries, homeless services, street safety, EMS capacity, 311 services, the arts, small business, firefighter safety and more. I thank Councilor President Wu, Councilor Ciommo and the entire Council for their partnership in our efforts."
"I commend my fellow City Councilors for their active participation and strong advocacy during this budget season. The budget proposed by Mayor Walsh and approved by the Council makes careful use of limited resources and invests in the many critical needs of our City," said City Council Ways and Means Committee Chairman Mark Ciommo. Based on recommendations from operational reviews and a data-driven approach to managing government, the FY17 Budget includes several reforms, including:
* Boston Public Schools will deploy a new transportation tap card system to gain data to run a more efficient student transportation system, which will save $10 million in FY17. Through data about ridership, BPS will work to improve bus routing to reduce the number of trips. The system will also provide real-time information to parents about their students' bus ride.
* City departments have eliminated over 100 long-term vacant positions saving $4.7 million in FY17 without impacting service levels.
* Building on work over the last two years to assess and inventory the Library's print collection, in FY17 Boston Public Library is refocusing Special Collection's work to improve inventory management, a key recommendation of their 2015 operational review.
* Evaluation of Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) programming found that the department could more effectively meet youth, families' and seniors' need for longer evening and weekend community center hours and a dedicated senior center by redeploying existing resources. With this reform, BCYF will make cost-neutral changes to dedicate the Grove Hill Community Center as a senior center, expanding operating hours at all stand-alone sites, expand Saturday evening hours, enable five centers to operate 7-days per week, and allow 17 centers to operate 6-days per week.
* The Budget allows for realignment of several City departments including Department of Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Property Management and Public Facilities to more efficiently meet their core missions.
* Based on the Fire Department's operational review, the FY17 budget allows for improved Fire fleet maintenance and deploys a new apparatus replacement plan to promote firefighter safety and improve the state of fire engines and ladders.
The much needed reform measures being implemented in FY17 make possible increased investments across City government. Mayor Walsh's FY17 Budget maintains high levels of funding in Boston Public Schools at $1.032 billion and public safety at $578 million and uses savings to make targeted investments in a thriving, health and innovative City. Through these investments the City will:
* Increase access to quality early childhood education by expanding Boston Public Schools' K1 programming by another 200 seats, building on the 200 seats added over the last two years.
* Launch the Superintendent's new Excellence for All pilot program, which will offer 4th graders in 13 schools access to rigorous and enriched experiences, bringing the benefits of the Advanced Work Classes to a more diverse set of students and equipping them with new skills such as foreign languages and robotics.
* Support the Homeless Action Plan to End Chronic and Veteran Homelessness, by providing 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.
* Launch Parks First, a comprehensive initiative ensuring that Boston's open spaces are among the Nation's most accessible and equitable.
* Support the opening of nine Early Voting sites, one in each of the city's nine council districts, to increase voting opportunities for all qualified voters for the November 2016 election.
* Allow Boston 311 call takers to have the ability to interact with residents through interpreters, and allow the City to be able to translate more newsletters, press releases, and other notices in a variety of languages.
* Streamline access to small business resources through a single point of contact and provide small businesses with technical assistance to help businesses improve their marketing, access capital markets, enhancing strategy and operations, and gain human resources training.
* Reduce EMS response times by adding additional EMTs and new ambulances.
* Allow individuals seeking information about, or access to, addiction treatment services to reach the PAATHS (Providing Access to Addictions Treatment, Hope and Support) program through Boston's 311 service.
* Modernize public safety supporting the Police body camera pilot, revitalizing Police radios, and upgrading Boston's E-9-1-1 system.
* Use $1 million in Boston Redevelopment Authority public benefit funds to better serve and support the artists of Boston.
In addition to taking immediate steps in FY17 to improve City operations and meet demands for program and services, the Walsh Administration continues work to tackle long-standing challenges and future unknown cost drivers. The City is actively working to negotiate affordable collective bargaining agreements with almost all of its unions - salary increases in these agreements will have a direct impact on dollars available in FY17 and in the coming years. The Boston Public School's Long-Term Financial Planning Committee is working on a long-term plan for the District's solvency with recommendations that will address cost-drivers and revenue opportunities. Given stagnant state revenue, the City will expand its efforts and also focus on maximizing local receipt collection. Finally, the Walsh Administration will continue to advocate for reforms to charter school finance that protect Boston taxpayers while allowing for moderate growth in the charter school cap.
The FY17 Budget builds on the Walsh Administration's record of fiscal responsibility, commitment to addressing its long-term liabilities and strong data-driven management. The City's success in these areas was validated in 2016 by the affirmation of Boston's triple A bond rating.
Marina Bay Ferry Starts Monday, August 1, 2016:
Trial Partnership with Winthrop From Squantum Point
The Marina Bay Ferry will make its maiden voyage to downtown Boston at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016.
The City of Quincy and state officials today launched a website, www.mbferry.com and a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/marinabayferry, with details about the 3-month trial program, ticketing links and schedule information. The service is a new partnership between the City of Quincy, state officials and the Town of Winthrop, which launched its municipally run ferry earlier this year.
The program will provide service from Squantum Point Park at Marina Bay to Rowes Wharf in Boston aboard Winthrop's 73-passenger "Valkyrie." The service will also include trips to Spectacle Island -- one of the scenic Boston Harbor Islands.
Tickets will be available online later this week via Winthrop's ticketing portal, which can be found at www.mbferry.com. The town is updating its Internet-based scheduling system, updated ticket information for Quincy tickets should be available no later than Friday.
Tickets can also be purchased on the boat at the time of departure, but there is no guarantee of a space if the boat is sold out.
As part of the program, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation ahs agreed to open its 850-spot parking lot at Squantum Point Park 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking rates are $1.25 per hour with a full-day maximum of $5.00. The 1st hour of parking is free for park users.
In addition to the passenger ferry service, the DCR is partnering with JM Productions Entertainment Productions of Quincy and Mass Bay Lines of Boston for entertainment cruises on August 20 and 28 aboard the Music City Queen and launching from Squantum Point. Information on those events can be found at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2570490quality.
The ferry service is a 1st step to what City of Quincy and state officials hope will be permanent ferry service from Squantum Point Park. While the trial program must operate within the confines of Winthrop's existing program and schedule, any permanent service would involve a much larger operation and potentially a partnership with another agency, such as the MBTA.
"Plans are also being developed to extend the existing dead-end of Commander Shea Boulevard behind Marina Bay to provide direct access to Squantum Point Park -- a key element of permanent ferry service," officials said.
The partnership with Winthrop developed when Mayor Tom Koch, Senator John Keenan, State Representative Bruce Ayers and Ward 6 City Councilor Bill Harris reached out to officials in that town to learn more about the municipally run ferry -- which is operating without any kind of subsidy. Talks soon circled to the incorporating Quincy into Winthrop's program for the summer. Both state leaders and Quincy officials provided funding for immediate repairs necessary at the Squantum Point pier and dock to allow for a passenger ferry.
The service is expected to run through at least October.
Governor Baker Signs REAL ID Compliance Legislation:
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker has signed bipartisan legislation to ensure Massachusetts' compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, while adopting public safety standards so the Commonwealth's citizens can continue to enter federal buildings and board domestic flights and ensuring the state credentials are issued to residents and those who are lawfully present in the United States. The RMV will continue to update customers throughout its compliance efforts and anticipates REAL ID compliant cards will begin to be issued in the fall of 2017.
"I thank the members of the Legislature for their attention to the Commonwealth's compliance with federal REAL ID security standards and ensuring that all applicants must show proof of lawful presence in order to obtain any Massachusetts credential," said Governor Baker. "The security standards and proper federal documentation requirements set out in this bill are imperative as the Registry begins the gradual process of implementation so credential holders may continue to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings in the coming years."
Governor Baker first filed REAL ID compliance legislation in October of 2015, with the Legislature ultimately adopting the Governor's bipartisan amendment to make explicit that both a REAL ID-compliant license and a Massachusetts license will only be issued to individuals with proof of lawful presence, ensuring undocumented immigrants do not obtain either type of license under the new system. The REAL ID Act, the result of work by the 9/11 Commission, sets minimum standards that states must meet during the issuance and manufacture of driver's licenses and Massachusetts resident identification cards. Only a REAL ID carries certain benefits such as serving as a valid form of identification to enter federal facilities, and once enforcement begins, the ability to board domestic flights.
"A driver's license is one of the most important forms of identification in our society, and it must have accuracy and integrity. That's why, it's imperative that our state comply with the REAL ID Act as soon as possible, and without taking any chances that a license could be given to someone not legally in our state," said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).
"The legislation Governor Baker has signed into law is an important clarification that eliminates any doubt as to who actually qualifies for a driver's license," said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). "By explicitly prohibiting the issuance of a driver's license to individuals who do not have lawful presence in the United States, we are not only upholding the security and integrity of our licensing system, but also moving Massachusetts into full compliance with the federal REAL ID Act."
Massachusetts credential holders currently are not subject to enforcement rules by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because the Commonwealth has a valid compliance extension, as do approximately half of the states in the country. At least 23 other states are already issuing REAL ID compliant credentials.
MBTA Board Approves $18.5 Million for Red Line Winter Resiliency and Infrastructure:
Boston, MA -- The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today unanimously approved the awarding of a $18.5 million construction contract for the next phase of Red Line Winter Resiliency improvements announced by the Baker-Polito Administration last year, amounting to $30.4 million total for infrastructure upgrades in preparation for the upcoming winter.
"These critical investments in the resiliency of the MBTA's core infrastructure and preparation for severe winter weather allow for upgrades that ensure more reliable service for the over one million daily riders who depend on the system each day," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The Fiscal and Management Control Board continues to make significant progress on reforming the system, delivering transparency, cost-effectiveness and accountability for both taxpayers and commuters."
The $18.5 million contract awarded to Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., will deliver a series of significant upgrades along 9.9 miles of the Red Line Braintree and Ashmont Lines, including the replacement of all third rail and heating systems, track and tie renewals, signals, track structure and conduit installations. Total winter resiliency expenses for phase two efforts announced last year include the contract work awarded to Barletta along with MBTA staff work and costs for materials, engineering, and procurement.
"We look forward to building on the success of phase one during which miles and miles of new third rail was installed along outer portions of the Red Line," said Acting MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Working in tandem with Barletta, MBTA forces will continue to make the upgrades necessary to keep the subway operating no matter what Mother Nature throws at us."
The project beginning this summer through December will include the following work:
* Replacement of all 3rd rail and associated rail heating systems along 9.9 miles of the Red Line South
* Track and tie renewal between Savin Hill and Fields Corner Stations
* Signal trough and conduit installation between North Quincy and Braintree Stations
* Track structure replacement at Quincy Center, Quincy Adams and Braintree Stations
The first phase of Winter Resiliency Plan improvements completed in 2015 included new 3rd rail and Rail Heater improvements along 13.6 miles of the Red Line from Andrew Station portal to Quincy Adams. The next phase of work starting now will complete the 3rd rail and rail heater improvements along the entire length of the Red Line South.
To accommodate the winter resiliency work this fall, buses will replace train service on the following weekends:
* September 10-12, 2016
* September 24-26, 2016
* October 1-3, 2016
* October 8-10, 2016
* October 15-17, 2016
* December 3-5, 2016
* October 22-24, 2016
* December 10-12, 2016
* December 17-19, 2016
The MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan announced by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015 focused on Infrastructure, Equipment, and Operations improvements on the Red Line and Orange Line to more effectively mitigate the frequency, length and magnitude of system disruptions to public transit during severe weather.
The next phase Winter Resiliency Improvement Program presentation is available on the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board web page at the following link: http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About_the_T/Board_Meetings/RedLineResiliency-072516.pdf.
Quincy's Election HQ: 2016 Democratic National Convention Nomination 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 delivered with a full results of the 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Wells Fargo Center in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Democratic National Convention was held on Monday, July 25, 2016 through Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Wells Fargo Center in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) will become the presumptive presidential nominee to represent for the Democratic Party throughout the 2016 presidential primary election cycle.
The total of the delegation needs to get 2,382 from each states in the order to win for the nomination to become the next Democratic candidate of President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention.
The Quincy's Election Headquarters have a full results of the Democratic presidential candidate contenders in the Democratic Party during the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania right down on the below.
|TOTAL OF STATE||42||14|
|TOTAL OF DELEGATE||2,842||1,865|
The American people have already cast their vote on the ballot from the 2016 presidential primary election begins on Tuesday, February 1, 2016 through Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in all across the country from coast to coast in the 50 states to win the nomination to become the next 45th President of the United States.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) will face against Donald Trump (R-New York) on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 during the presidential election to become the next 45th President of the United States.
Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and State
Officials Expand Addiction Program for Women at Taunton State Hospital:
New beds added to Specialized Addictions Program for Substance Use Disorders
Taunton, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, together with state and local officials, officially opened the second phase of the Women's Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) at Taunton State Hospital today adding 30 new beds. The WRAP is the first state-operated addiction service program that provides civilly committed women with addictions access to comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, rather than jail time.
"Ending the long disputed practice of committing women to prison at MCI Framingham is an important step toward providing women with the proper treatment as they begin the path to recovery," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Earlier this year, I was honored to sign landmark legislation including the first law in the nation to limit first time adult opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply, and other important prevention and education provisions recommended by our opioid working group."
"Women with substance use disorders deserve treatment, support and recovery services in the same dignified medical setting that individuals with any other chronic condition receive," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, who also attended the February opening. "I am happy to stand here again and witness the progress this administration has made in eliminating a 25-year-old practice that should have never existed."
On January 25, 2016, Governor Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Civil Commitments for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders. The law ensures that when women are civilly committed by the court for treatment under Chapter 123, Section 35 of the Massachusetts General Laws, that they receive the treatment in a therapeutic setting rather than in a prison. The 30 beds that opened this month are in addition to the 15 beds that opened, and began accepting patients, this past February. As of July, 44 women have been treated and discharged from the program.
"The WRAP program provides a safe place for women to detox while receiving clinical supervision, individual and group therapy, education and access to medication therapy," said Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Chair of the Governor's Opioid Working Group that recommended the civil commitment process changes. "But most importantly, each woman will leave the program with an individualized discharge plan, so she can continue her treatment and recovery in her community with strong supports."
"Under the Governor's Leadership, our operating and capital resources are being strategically invested to support the construction of critical capital projects like the treatment units at Taunton State Hospital and the on-going operating costs of essential programs like the Women's Recovery from Addictions Program," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary for Administration and Finance. "Good policy drives a good budget and the funding to open and operate these beds is a perfect example of good policy driving the budget decision making process."
Major renovations to create the new units, which are located in a 17,100 square foot former DMH inpatient unit, took 9 months to complete. The new, 30-bed WRAP includes a north and south unit with double and single bedrooms, private treatment space, a dining room, a day room, a lounge, a fitness room, offices, a secure intake area, and secure outdoor recreation areas. The renovations cost approximately $15 million. The Women's Recovery from Addiction Program will bring 130 full-time employees to the Taunton area.
In addition to the 45 beds at Taunton, 28 beds were added at Shattuck State Hospital earlier this year to treat women committed under Section 35.
The Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget signed by Governor Baker earlier this month included $171 million in opioid prevention services, which includes $13 million in funding to support the WRAP program. The Baker-Polito Administration also filed for an additional $5 million worth of supplemental funding to combat the opioid epidemic this fiscal year.
Quincy's Election HQ: 2016 Republican National Convention Nomination 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 delivered with a full results of the 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in the City of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Republican National Convention was held on Monday, July 18, 2016 through Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in the City of Cleveland, Ohio where Donald Trump (R-New York) will become the presumptive presidential nominee to represent for the Republican Party throughout the 2016 presidential primary election cycle.
The total of the delegation needs to get 1,237 from each states in the order to win for the nomination to become the next Republican candidate of President of the United States at the Republican National Convention.
The Quincy's Election Headquarters have a full results of the Republican presidential candidate contenders in the Republican Party during the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in the City of Cleveland, Ohio right down on the below.
|N.E. MARINA ISLANDS||9|
|TOTAL OF STATE||46||7||2||1|
The American people have already cast their vote on the ballot from the 2016 presidential primary election begins on Tuesday, February 1, 2016 through Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in all across the country from coast to coast in the 50 states to win the nomination to become the next 45th of President of the United States.
Donald Trump (R-New York) will face against Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 during the presidential election to become the next 45th President of the United States.
Quincy's Election HQ: 2016 Presidential Primary Election Information:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that City Clerk Nicole Crispo and the City of Quincy will host for the 2016 presidential primary election coverage begins on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. to opens for the residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens of Quincy will be able to cast their vote on the ballot at any polling stations in all across the citywide.
Residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens of Quincy are welcome at the City Clerk's Office: 1305 Hancock Street 2nd Floor, Quincy, MA during the normal business hours of operations on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. to fill out their voting registration.
Residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens of Quincy are welcome to fill out their voting registration online available: Click Here.
Voting Registration will be no later than on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. at City Clerk's Office: 1305 Hancock Street 2nd Floor, Quincy, MA before the 2016 Presidential Primary Election is scheduled on Thursday, September 8, 2016 here in the City of Quincy.
Last call for the residents, persons with disabilities and the citizens of Quincy will cast their vote no later than before 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the polling stations in all across the citywide.
The Quincy's Election Headquarters will bring you an official 2016 presidential primary election results on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to project the winner of each candidate contenders and will have an official results in our official website on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Here's the candidate contenders on the ballot:
Representative in Congress:
Name of Candidate:
|8th District of Congress||Stephen F. Lynch|
Name of Candidate:
|Fourth District||Christopher A. Iannella, Jr.|
|Stephen F. Flynn|
|Senator in General Court:||
Name of Candidate:
|Norfolk & Plymouth District||John F. Keenan|
|Representative in General Court:||
Name of Candidate:
|First Norfolk District||Bruce J. Ayers|
|Second Norfolk District||Tackey Chan|
|Third Norfolk District||Ronald Mariano|
|Thirteenth Suffolk District||Daniel J. Hunt|
Name of Candidate:
|Norfolk County||Michael G. Bellotti|
Name of Candidate:
|Norfolk County||Francis W. O'Brien|
|Joseph P. Shea|
Representative in Congress:
Name of Candidate:
|8th District of Congress||William Burke|
For more information on the 2016 presidential primary election here in the City of Quincy, please contact Nicole Crispo, City Clerk at (617) 376-1132 or e-mail: email@example.com or Joe Newton, Assistant City Clerk at (617) 376-1145 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Governor Baker Signs Fiscal Year 2017 Budget:
Second consecutive budget supporting increases to local aid, education and opioid abuse prevention services
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget into law, providing a second consecutive year of increased state support for local aid, education and opioid abuse prevention services and without raising taxes or drawing down on the stabilization fund despite lower than expected tax revenues. The Baker-Polito Administration's fiscally responsible plan represents spending growth of 1.3% and keeps spending in line with recently adjusted revenue predictions for the upcoming fiscal year. The $38.92 billion Fiscal Year 2017 budget makes critical investments in several core state services, our communities' infrastructure and schools. The administration also filed a $177 million net supplemental budget today to address underfunded accounts and fully fund opioid abuse prevention services for the coming year.
"I am proud of our administration's progress over the last two years to increase investments in education, local aid and efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, all without raising taxes," said Governor Charlie Baker. "I appreciate the Legislature's collaboration to address the lower-than-anticipated revenue growth over the past few months and I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure state government lives within its means for the taxpayers of Massachusetts."
The FY17 budget continues funding Chapter 70 education aid to local schools at its highest level in history, $4.6 billion, providing an increase of at least $55 per pupil across the Commonwealth. The $116 million (2.6%) increase over Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) spending represents a total increase of $227 million over the fist two years of the Baker-Polito Administration.
"This budget continues to deliver on our commitment to our cities and towns with increased support for local aid and Chapter 70 education funding," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Our administration has made important progress to strengthen our relationship with municipalities and I look forward to continuing to build on that bond using the tools provided in this budget."
Funding in FY17 will continue the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to serve as a reliable partner for cities and towns by providing $1.022 billion in unrestricted local aid. The 4.3% increase over last year builds on the 3.6% increase in FY16, marking an 8% ($76 million) increase to cities and towns between FY16 and FY17. Funding in FY17 will also allow the Community Compact Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Polito, to continue working collaboratively with cities and towns and provide much needed grants for local projects.
"The closing months of Fiscal Year 2016 were an important reminder that when we control our spending it allows us to adjust for unexpected changes," said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. "The work we have done with the Legislature to align spending with revenue during the past two years while maintaining critical support for key priorities will continue to serve us well in the coming year."
The Commonwealth supported approximately $158 million in opioid abuse prevention services in FY16 following the recommendations of the Governor's Opioid Working Group. The Governor also signed landmark legislation into law during FY16 to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing Massachusetts. The Commonwealth will continue ramping up efforts to combat opioid addiction by increasing support over 8% ($13 million) to a total pf $171 million in FY17. This additional funding will support 2,150 adult residential recovery opioid beds, 150 more than last year.
The Department of Children and Families will be able to hire needed additional staff with $940 million in FY17, a $16.4 million increase over last year. The new hires will be a combination of social workers, social worker techs, regional substance abuse coordinators, regional quality assurance coordinators, program managers and supervisors to maintain a 5:1 social worker to supervisor ratio.
Here's links of the FY17 budget information:
Governor Baker Signs Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation:
Boston, MA -- Governor Charlie Baker today signed compromise legislation, An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination (S. 2407), to extend protections against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation, with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) adopting regulations or policies to enforce its provisions. The bill, passed by the House and Senate this week, further directs the Massachusetts attorney general's office to issue regulations or guidance for referring to law enforcement any person who assertion of a gender identity is for an improper purpose.
"No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity, said Governor Baker. "This compromise legislation extends additional protections to the Commonwealth's transgender community, and includes language to address the public safety concerns expressed by some by requiring the Attorney General to issue regulations to protect against people abusing the law."
"We thank the Legislature for sending us a compromise proposal that assures additional protections from discrimination based on gender identity to Massachusetts' transgender community and provides for guidance from the Attorney General to address issues of public safety that have been raised by some," said Lt. Governor Polito.
The legislation provides for the MCAD and attorney general's office to report their recommendations, regulations or guidance by September 1, 2016, with full implementation of the law taking effect on October 1, 2016.
Fare Changes Take Effect July 1st with Reduced Cash Fares for Buses:
Boston, MA -- The MBTA is reminding customers that changes in fares for travel on local bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, ferry and The RIDE take effect on Friday, July 1, and will include some reduced fares for riders and increased Student Pass availability.
Cash Fares on local buses will be reduced from $2.10 to $2.00. The fare to ride a local bus for Charlie Card users will be $1.70. Other fares for Commuter Rail monthly passes to rapid transit fare on a Charlie Card to LinkPass Monthly will see a slight increase, with the approximately $43 million in new revenue expected in Fiscal Year 2017 from the system-wide changes dedicated to making capital investments that will deliver short-term service improvements to our customers.
"In addition to expanding our transfer policy and the availability of passes for students, the MBTA is committed to improving service for our riders and investing every dollar of additional revenue as a result of these changes back into the system," said MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve.
As of September 1, 2006, M-7 Student Passes, which are pre-loaded with a monthly pass and available to middle school, junior high and high school students through their schools, will be valid seven days a week during the academic year -- September -- June. In addition, starting in 2017, students may retain their cards during July and August and load a $30 monthly student pass, valid seven days a week, at fare vending machines. The M-7 Student Pass purchased through schools will offer unlimited travel on local and express buses, rapid transit and commuter rail up to Zone 2.
Students issued Stored Value Charlie Cards (S-Card) by their schools will continue to receive a 50-percent "pay-as-you-go" discounted rate on fares and can purchase $30 monthly passes, valid seven days a week, year-round, at fare vending machines. S-Cards offer unlimited travel on local and express buses and rapid transit.
Core Fares as of July 1, 2016:
|Fare Type||Local Bus||Bus + Bus||Rapid Transit||Bus + Rapid Transit|
|Cash on Board||$2.00||$4.00||$2.75||$4.75|
|Senior and TAP*||85¢||85¢||$1.10||$1.10|
|7-Day Link Pass||$21.25|
|Local Bus Monthly Pass||$55.00|
|Senior/TAP Monthly Pass||$30.00|
|Student Monthly Pass||$30.00|
|Children 11 and under ride free when accompanied by a paying adult.|
* Student, Senior and TAP (people with disabilities) Charlie Card users pay reduced fare on single rides on rapid transit, commuter rail, local bus, express bus and ferries.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Multi-Campaign Strategy to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes This Summer:
Lt. Governor Polito Joined by UMass Medical Trauma Surgeon, Law Enforcement and Highway Safety Advocates
Worcester, MA -- The Baker-Polito Administration's Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security today announced a series of education and enforcement campaigns focused on several critical issues: teen driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety, impaired driving and child passenger safety.
"Summer should be a season of fun for families across the Commonwealth, but with warmer temperatures come increased risks on the road," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Simple things like designating a sober driver, staying off your mobile phone, and wearing your seatbelt will go a long way toward making it a safer summer for all."
The kick-off event was held at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and was attended by state and local law enforcement, highway safety advocates, and medical representatives from the hospital.
'The weekend of July 4th is just around the corner, and more motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians will be on the road than at any other time of the year," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "We are asking motorists to protect themselves, their loved ones and their fellow citizens this summer by buckling up, properly securing your children, paying attention when you're behind the wheel, and driving sober."
"UMass Memorial Medical Center is a fitting location for the state to launch its summer education and enforcement campaigns," said Dr. Michael Hirsch, M.D., UMass Memorial Medical Center trauma surgeon. "Our ER and trauma center doctors and nurses see the devastating aftermath of motor vehicle crashes every day, including traumatic brain injuries from not wearing a seat belt or helmet."
The HSD summer campaigns follow:
Teen Drivers: The "100 Deadliest Days" campaign is aimed at teen drivers and their parents/caregivers. Governor Charlie Baker is featured in a video public service announcement (PSA) that highlights the dangers that inexperience, distraction, impairment and fatigue play in teen crashes. The PSA, which is airing on network affiliates across the state, offers tips to parents on how they can help keep their teen safe during the dangerous summer driving season. Key facts:
* In 2014, 24 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 died on Massachusetts roads.
* According to AAA distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate to severe teen crashes.
Bike and Pedestrian Safety: The HSD will provide grants to 71 local police departments for additional enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian laws. Patrols will ensure that drivers are yielding to pedestrians and that vehicles are operating at safe speeds in areas where people walk and bike.
The HSD is also launching an education campaign featuring sidewalk decals on Boston sidewalks and kiosks in high traffic locations. The campaign will also include transit advertising on buses in Boston, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester -- the cities with the highest injury and fatality rates in the state. The campaign will remind pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to use caution when using the roads. Key facts:
* Massachusetts saw a 26 percent increase in pedestrian deaths from January to June of 2015, compared to the same period the prior year.
* The trend is continuing into 2016 -- Massachusetts witnessed 11 deaths in January alone.
Impaired Driving: The HSD will be launching an adult drunk and drugged driving education campaign that promotes the use of taxis and other transportation options. The campaign includes a 15-second online video ad and sports team sponsorships with the Boston Red Sox, Brockton Rox, Lowell Spinners and the Cape Cod League that will include stadium signage, restroom posters, video screens, PSAs, and on-air announcements urging fans not to drive if impaired. Key facts:
* In 2014, 154 people died in alcohol related crashes -- an 8 percent increase over 2013.
* Drug related violations have risen 32 percent (1,365-1,803) from 2011 to 2015.
Lt. Governor Polito and other officials urged Massachusetts residents:
* Buckle up -- all passengers, every trip.
* Properly restrain children in a car or booster seat.
* Require children under age 13 to ride in the back seat.
* Observe posted speed limits.
* Drive without any kind of impairment.
* Turn off your phone before you get behind the wheel and pull over if you need to use a hand-held device.
* Wear a bike helmet.
* Cross in crosswalks.
* Be respectful of all road users including bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
Public Service Announcements:
* Governor Baker PSA - (0:30): CLICK HERE
* Governor Baker PSA - (1:24): CLICK HERE
For more information about the Highway Safety Division's education campaigns, go to: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/hsd/.
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.
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.
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 Public Schools Security Department E-mail Directory: 2016-2017
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 2016-2017 school year of e-mail directory.
Quincy Police Department: Community Police Contact Information:
|Lieutenant Tim Sorgi||Supervisor||(617) email@example.com|
|Officer Roger White||Quincy Square||(857) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer William Mitchell||Ward 1||(617) email@example.com|
|Officer Matthew Miller||Ward 2||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Timothy Simmons||Ward 3||(339) email@example.com|
|Officer Jimmie Whedbee||Ward 4||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Officer Jim Silcox||Ward 5||(339) email@example.com|
|Officer Greg Mar||Ward 6||(617) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Subject to change for the Community Police Officer contact information.
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.
Jimmy Hui's Message Blog:
Quincy Access Television:
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