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Video: Greenway Conservancy Reform Bill Discussed at State House Public Hearing

Video: The State’s Joint Committee on Transportation held a public hearing on March 12, 2012 regarding proposed legislation, An Act Relative to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. (More on the bill here.)

Testifying at the hearing was the sponsor of the proposed legislation State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (00:45) followed by the Greenway Conservancy Board Chair Georgia Murray (05:00), A Better City’s Richard Parr (1:04:00) and Boston residents Diane Valle (32:00), Shirley Kressel (42:00), Matt Conti (54:30) and Victor Brogna (1:09).

The text of the House Bill 1803 can be viewed on the State House website. In the next weeks (or months), the Committee will consider the bill, potential changes and decide whether to bring it out of committee to the full legislature.

Articles on the hearing:
Boston Herald – Greenway Conservancy Critics Have Their Say
Boston Globe – Bill would extend state’s financial commitment to funding – Critics attack Greenway Conservancy salaries, lack of transparency at State House Hearing

Written Testimony:
Shirley Kressel Testimony

Diane Valle Testimony (and Request for Action)
Matt Conti Testimony

If you would like your written testimony posted, either from the hearing or otherwise submitted, email it to and it will be posted here regardless of position.




2 Replies to “Video: Greenway Conservancy Reform Bill Discussed at State House Public Hearing

  1. Thank you, Matt, both for posting this material and for your excellent testimony. You certainly spoke for me–I’m in 100% agreement with what you said.


  2. Matt,
    Your contribution in posting all of the testimony, including your own detailed and salient comments, is a wonderful
    service to our community. Thank you.

    As you know, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP), which you referenced in your written testimony, is a totally volunteer, non profit organization made of up neighbors and local businesses.

    FOCCP’s 2012 budget is $60,000, which includes the costs of lighting the trellises with blue lights, maintaining the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden, new plantings, fertilizing trees, Sunday Night Movies in the Park, Tot Lot cleanups and three family-friendly events in the Park (June 30, August 19, and Columbus Day October 8).

    Our volunteers, our members and the support of local businesses make all of these projects possible.
    Joanne Hayes-Rines, President
    Friends of Christopher Columbus Park

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