Press Release from the Office of State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, January 2011. Contact Blake Webber, 617-722-2488.
State Representative Aaron Michlewitz Files Legislation Reforming Greenway
Calls for more transparency, greater role for Leadership Council
State Representative Aaron Michlewitz filed legislation this month that would change the way the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy operates and how they would interact with the surrounding neighborhoods and the state. The legislationwould give the Greenway Leadership Council, a group of residents from the neighborhoods that surround the Greenway, veto power over the entire budget for Greenway Conservancy. With veto power over the budget, the funding mechanism for the Conservancy would become more of an open and transparent process involving all the parties.
“When the legislature first addressed the Greenway several years ago, our ultimate goal was to provide the best system of parks in the state, and a Conservancy that works with the neighborhoods to provide this.” Said Representative Michlewitz. “By adding a system of checks and balances to the process we not only move closer to this goal, but we do so in a more transparent way where everyone concerned will have a say in the process.”
The legislation also extends the funding agreement between the Greenway Conservancy and the Commonwealth’s Department of Transportation another five years. The current funding agreement expires at the end of June 2012. Under current law the state is obligated to fund half of the operation and maintenance budget for the Greenway Conservancy.
Representative Michlewitz added that he was eager to work with all the parties involved with the Greenway, whether it is with the Conservancy, the Leadership Council, the state Department of Transportation, the City of Boston, and the residents. “The goal is for everyone to work together to create the best possible Greenway for the residents. The only way to do that is to sit down with everyone involved and find the best solution. I look forward to continuing to do so in the coming weeks and months.”