Government

State Senator Joe Boncore Talks Transportation and Legislative Priorities

Senator Joe Boncore spoke this week to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) highlighting his legislative and community priorities. Boncore began by thanking past NEWRA President Mary McGee for her service and congratulated his legislative colleague, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz on being named Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. (01:40 in Read More…

Community Government

Greenway Conservancy Tells Neighborhoods “Pay to Play” – $5,000 Yearly Minimum For New Reps

At this week’s North End / Waterfront neighborhood meetings, community leaders were shocked to have recently received a $5,000 shakedown letter from the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy regarding the personal contribution and fundraising “expectations” of representatives. Six neighborhood groups will be nominating voting members to the Conservancy’s Board of Directors under new legislation, effective Read More…

Commentaries Police & Fire Transportation

State Authorizes Regional HazMat Truck Study; Globe Reporter Sides With Suburbs

One of the bank shots coming off the May 2012 State ban of daytime hazmat trucks cutting through the North End/Downtown Boston was the passage of a State transportation bill allocating $300,000 for yet another regional study of the hazardous truck routing issue. The bill provides for, “Up to $300,000 to retain an independent, third-party, nationally Read More…

Community Government

Greenway Conservancy Reform Amendment Passes in State Legislature

The State House of Representatives and Senate resolved differences this week to pass reform legislation that would increase the transparency and accountability of the Rose F. Greenway Conservancy. The Greenway Amendment was sponsored by State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz in the House and supported by State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli in the Senate. Both legislators represent neighborhoods Read More…

Government

State Senate “Degree-Gate” Investigation by Globe

Andrew Ryan of the Boston Globe investigates the college degree records of incumbent State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (Democrat), finding he does not have a degree from the University of Rochester as previously listed on his website. “Petruccelli, 38, attended the college from 1991-1995, but records show he did not graduate and “does not have a Read More…

Government

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli Interview, Part 3

This is the third and final part of an interview series with State Senator Anthony Petruccelli at his office in the State House. Petruccelli has been in the Senate since July 2007 representing the First Suffolk Middlesex District. In addition to the North End, the district includes Beacon Hill, Cambridge, East Boston, Revere and Winthrop. Read More…