Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Honoring Excellence and Leadership

Today, I was honored to present a Senate Citation to Gloucester High School Senior Soo Ae Ono, a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet, who was awarded the Region 1 Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement this morning at a ceremony in the school’s Benjamin A. Smith Field House. The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross is awarded to the top JROTC cadet in a region that spans from Maine to the Virginia-North Carolina line.  She is an inspirational student, who not only leads as a commander in the JROTC program but is also the President of the National Honor Society. You can read a great article about her in the Gloucester Daily Times here:

Congratulations also to Marine Corps. gunner Rick Muth, who directs the JROTC program at GH, who does an outstanding job of working with the students to achieve excellence.



An Important Study on Regional Schools

Today, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump released an important study on regional schools in our commonwealth. The report can be found here:


Monday, October 16, 2017

Good News For Cape Ann Commuter Rail Riders

I attended the MBTA's Fiscal Management and Control Board meeting to advocate for action on the Annisquam River Commuter Rail Bridge located in Gloucester. The T has decided to move forward with the project by selecting one winning bid from five entries.

The J.F. White Contracting Company was awarded the contract set at $56.9 million. I will have more details, such as expected start and completion dates soon.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Kids Ride Rolls in Money to Support Pan-Mass Challenge

Recently I had the honor of attending a great fundraising event in Manchester-by-the-Sea in support of the Pan-Mass. Challenge Kids Rides program. This was the final event of more than 30 of the year in Massachusetts for the Kids Ride program.

The PMC supports the work and patients of the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, in fact, every dollar raised by PMC bike riders goes to Dana-Faber. You can still offer your support for PMC and help fight cancer by donating at…/…/pedal-power-pmc-kids-rides-are-coming

The Manchester ride had a great turnout of parents, kids – some riders were as young as three, and awesome community supporters.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Today, the people of Nevada have been besieged with unimaginable pain caused by the violence that took place in Las Vegas.

At our Senate session today I asked the Senate to stand together and unite and observe a moment of silence for those who lost their lives, those who were wounded, and for all of those who are experiencing the consequences of these devastating and tragic actions.

At 2:45 this afternoon in Memorial Hall in the State House I joined with Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Attorney General Maura T. Healey, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, and several other colleagues for a somber moment of reflection. What matters most now is to remember that we are all Americans, and to stand in solidarity and support with and for those experiencing terrible pain because of this horrendous violence.


Friday, September 29, 2017

On Yom Kippur

I wish you peace and happiness on this day of reflection and in the New Year.

G'mar Chatima Tova.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

First Annual Senate Food Drive

Today, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and I held the 1st annual Senate Food Drive with all items to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. The items were presented in a ceremony at the State House.

Food is a fundamental need and far too many people regularly go without the nutrition and sustenance that they need. By partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank the members and staff of the Senate are working together to make a very real difference in the lives of people who need this food.

Joining me with President Rosenberg were Greater Boston Food Bank’s Manager of Public Affairs Catherine Drennan, Brian Merrill,Senior Manager of Donations, Anne Ziaja, Executive Director Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement, Rita Noonan, Deputy Director Senate Office of Senate Education and Civic Engagement and my Chief of Staff Attilio Paglia.

Visit the Breater Boston Foodbank at