Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Members of the RMLD's General Manager Search Committee will present nominees to the RMLD Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, May 22, at 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
USPS sent a representative to a selectmen's meeting last month, possibly eliminating the chance for residents to voice their opinions on the subject.
Almost a year ago, the United States Postal Service let postal workers and officials in town know that they were considering selling the Haven Street post office. USPS coordinator for the project Michael Foley told the Chronicle that they would need to find a buyer first. Then last month, USPS started the official process for closing the office, savethepostoffice.com said. Some services may be relocated to the Woburn facility if the building is sold. To sell the post office, USPS has to go through two legal processes, according to savethepostoffice.com. One process for making the decision to move the retail services and another for selling a historic building. The regulations on re-locations allow for public input before any decisions are …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Governor Deval Patrick announced the judicial nominations of five experienced attorneys, one to the District Court and four to the Probate and Family Court.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation. The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business. What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Friday, May 10, 2013
David Mancuso was appointed to the board Tuesday night, and will take Marsie West's seat.
David Mancuso ran for the RMLD Board of Commissioners in this year's election, but did not win. However, he was appointed to the board Tuesday evening and will be a member until 2015. There was an open seat on the Board of Commissioners as Marsie West had to step down after being elected to the Board of Selectmen. Mancuso was appointed to the board by both the selectmen and existing commissioners Tuesday. Mancuso served as a regional vice president for external affairs for a Fortune 50 company and has experience in strategic planning; executive, legislative and regulatory branches of government; and the oversight of municipal community affairs, he said. He has served as the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and is a …
The celebration will take place on May 23.
Residents are invited to celebrate the career of Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner on Thursday, May 23. The celebration will take place at the Hillview Country Club. Hechenbleikner has been Reading's town manager since 1986, and the first to hold the position. He will retire on June 1 and Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director Robert LeLacheur will take over. Join other residents and town employees to celebrate his career at the Hillview Country Club on May 23. There will be a social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6:45 p.m. There is limited seating, so RSVP to LeLacheur as soon as possible. Send your name, email address, choice of statler chicken or baked haddock and check for $45 per person made out to Robert LeLacheur to 47 County Road…