A packed house filled the NEBO Restaurant on N. Washington Street for a fundraising event to re-elect Third Suffolk District State Representative Aaron Michlewitz. To date, there have been no competing announcements for the seat that Democrat Michlewitz won in the Spring 2009 special election. Speaking in support of the State Representative was Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli and District 1 City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina. Several other elected officials attended as well as many residents from the district neighborhoods.
Several attendees touted the success that Rep. Michlewitz had in taking the Green Ticket Bill over the finish line this year. Speaker DeLeo said the bill had been floated several times, but Aaron’s focus rallied the support needed for passage earlier this year. Michlewitz made the Green Ticket Bill the subject of his maiden speech which was recently signed into law by the Governor. Councilor LaMattina said the City of Boston will start enforcing the Green Ticket Law on May 29th. The law will add trash violation fines to a property owner’s tax bill, adding teeth to the largely unheeded tickets.
The Associated Press reports on a flurry of political fundraisers this week before the State legislature takes up the controversial casino bill and the State budget. Speaker DeLeo is having a fundraiser in the North End this Thursday and the Mass. Democratic Party is hosting a major fundraiser at a downtown hotel.
North to South Foundation Announcement
During his speech at the event, Rep. Michlewitz announced a new charitable public service and scholarship program for the 3rd Suffolk District called the “North to South Foundation.” In return for scholarship support, recipients will dedicate 50 hours of service to a non-profit group that operates within the 3rd Suffolk District. The program would include the North End/Waterfront, South End, Lower Roxbury, Chinatown, Bay Village, Leather District and parts of Beacon Hill.
Representative Michlewitz has a website at www.aaronforrep.com.