Month: January 2015

Sen. Eric Lesser Given Numerous Leadership Positions, Committee Roles

BOSTON–Senator Eric P. Lesser was appointed by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg to two leadership positions on two joint committees and given several key committee assignments in his first term as state Senator.

Sen. Lesser was named Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, following the first formal session of the 189th General Court.

“This appointment presents a great opportunity for Western Massachusetts,” Sen. Lesser said. “Our region is blessed with a wealth of great tourist destinations and cultural institutions, whether it’s the Quadrangle, Quabbin Reservoir, the Lupa Zoo, or historic Forest Park. I look forward to further enhancing our tourism economy.” The committee Vice-Chair will be Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield), creating additional opportunities for highlighting the Western Massachusetts region.

In addition, Sen. Lesser will serve as the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, which considers matters concerning banks, financial institutions, credit unions, insurance companies, and small loans.

Sen. Lesser will also serve as a member of the Joint Committee on Transportation, where he will continue his ongoing efforts to establish high-speed rail service between Springfield and Boston.

Sen. Lesser was appointed to several other influential committees, including the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, where he will work to grow the high- tech manufacturing sector; the Joint Committee on Public Health, where he will focus on combating the opiate epidemic; the Committee on Revenue, where he will help with matters related to federal financial assistance and other matters related to the Commonwealth’s tax-

generated revenue; the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs; and the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, where he will help support senior centers and nursing facilities.

Sen. Eric Lesser Tours Ludlow Elementary Schools

LUDLOW – Sen. Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow) visited three Ludlow elementary schools late last week to learn about their needs, vision, and long-term goals.

“I was inspired by all the students I met today—each school has its own unique energy that speaks highly of Ludlow and Western Mass as a whole,” Sen. Lesser said. “I learned a lot on my tour – and will bring those lessons back to Beacon Hill.”

The tour took place last Friday, and included stops at Chapin Street Elementary, Veterans Park Elementary, and East Street Elementary. Accompanying the Senator were Ludlow Superintendent Todd Gazda, Ludlow Education Association President Brian Bylicki, School Committee Member Jake Oliveira, and IT Specialist Anne Marie Corrieri.

Later in the day, Sen. Lesser filed four bills aimed at improving quality of living and stimulating economic growth in western Massachusetts.

State Sen. Eric Lesser Sworn In to MA Senate

BOSTON–State Senator Eric Lesser, representing the First Hampden and Hampshire District, was sworn into the Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Senate chamber.

Lesser, who was elected to the state Senate in November, will be joined by his family. At 29, he will be the youngest member of the Senate.

“I’m looking forward to beginning my term, and am honored by the trust placed in me to work on our district’s behalf,” Lesser said. “From Day 1, I will focus on creating a more vibrant economy in Western Massachusetts, by improving transportation, boosting high-tech manufacturing, and linking our students with the most in-demand jobs in this district. I’m excited to begin working with the rest of the Western Massachusetts delegation to move our region forward.”

The ceremony took place in the Senate Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Afterward, the Senate elected Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst) as its new President and conducted its first formal session of the term.