Month: September 2016

Senator Lesser and Representative Puppolo Announce Funds for Fountain Park

Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Angelo Puppolo joined members of the Wilbraham Nature and Cultural Council to announce $50,000 in new legislative appropriations for Wilbraham’s Fountain Park.

The funding will enable the Wilbraham Nature and Cultural Council to continue their efforts to provide science education, live music, and cultural performances at the park. The funding will also further the WNCC’s mission to develop, improve and expand agricultural, nature preservation and recreational opportunities and Town programs for the residents of the Town of Wilbraham

“Fountain Park is a special place for residents of Wilbraham and our broader region” Senator Lesser said. “Having a space to enjoy cultural programming, recreation, and other activities is important for any community, Wilbraham is lucky to have this asset, and I’m honored to support the work of the WNCC to make the park a place for future generations to enjoy.”

Senator Lesser is the Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. In this role, Senator Lesser has been a champion of the arts and culture; he has worked to secure increases in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which provides grant funding for several arts organizations in Wilbraham and the broader region, including the Community School of Music, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Springfield Museums.

 

Senator Lesser Announces Economic Development Capital Funds for Belchertown High School

Senator Eric P. Lesser joined Superintendent Karol Coffin at Belchertown High School on Wednesday September 21, 2016 to announce a legislative authorization for capital funding to develop a new engineering program at Belchertown High School.

The funding announcement comes after Senator Lesser sponsored a $100,000 amendment to the state’s Economic Development Bill to authorize the establishment of the engineering program and to purchase robotics kits and other supplies. The funds will now need to be released by the Baker Administration.

“Belchertown Public Schools has a reputation for excellence, and a new engineering and robotics program will continue this regional leadership, offering even more opportunities to Belchertown’s high school students,” Senator Lesser said. “Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are among the fastest growing fields in Western Massachusetts, and this program will give students the tools and exposure they need to succeed.”

Senator Lesser first learned about the Belchertown Public School’s need for funding during an appearance before the Belchertown School Committee last school year.

“Through the efforts of Senator Lesser and his staff, State funding has been granted for the development of an engineering robotics programming and coding program at Belchertown High School,” said Belchertown Superintendent of Schools Karol Coffin. “This lab, which would not be possible without extra funding, will be in conjunction with a comprehensive STEM lab complete with possibilities for 3-D graphic design, green engineering, computer science and other opportunities not available through regular school funding. We are very grateful to Senator Lesser as he continues to be an active advocate for our public schools.”

Since taking office, Senator Lesser has focused on further expanding job and skill training programs in high schools and local community colleges, spearheading funds for a manufacturing program at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, the expansion of skill training

grants through the Regional Employment Board, and capital funding authorizations for expanded carpentry and metal working programming at Chicopee Comprehensive High School.

Senator Lesser Announces Economic Development Capital Funds for Belchertown High School

Senator Eric P. Lesser joined Superintendent Karol Coffin at Belchertown High School on Wednesday September 21, 2016 to announce a legislative authorization for capital funding to develop a new engineering program at Belchertown High School.

The funding announcement comes after Senator Lesser sponsored a $100,000 amendment to the state’s Economic Development Bill to authorize the establishment of the engineering program and to purchase robotics kits and other supplies. The funds will now need to be released by the Baker Administration.

“Belchertown Public Schools has a reputation for excellence, and a new engineering and robotics program will continue this regional leadership, offering even more opportunities to Belchertown’s high school students,” Senator Lesser said. “Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are among the fastest growing fields in Western Massachusetts, and this program will give students the tools and exposure they need to succeed.”

Senator Lesser first learned about the Belchertown Public School’s need for funding during an appearance before the Belchertown School Committee last school year.

“Through the efforts of Senator Lesser and his staff, State funding has been granted for the development of an engineering robotics programming and coding program at Belchertown High School,” said Belchertown Superintendent of Schools Karol Coffin. “This lab, which would not be possible without extra funding, will be in conjunction with a comprehensive STEM lab complete with possibilities for 3-D graphic design, green engineering, computer science and other opportunities not available through regular school funding. We are very grateful to Senator Lesser as he continues to be an active advocate for our public schools.”

Since taking office, Senator Lesser has focused on further expanding job and skill training programs in high schools and local community colleges, spearheading funds for a manufacturing program at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, the expansion of skill training

grants through the Regional Employment Board, and capital funding authorizations for expanded carpentry and metal working programming at Chicopee Comprehensive High School.

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Senator Lesser Announces Funding for Chicopee Boys and Girls Club

Senator Eric P. Lesser visited the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club on Monday, September 12 to announce $30,952 in in new legislative appropriations for the Chicopee club.

The funding announcement comes after Senator Lesser secured a $200,000 increase in the state’s FY’17 budget for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. Senator Lesser has successfully championed funding increases for the clubs throughout his first term in office.

“The Chicopee Boys and Girls Club is an anchor for our community and an invaluable resource and support network for our families,” Senator Lesser said. “I’m proud to champion Boys and Girls Club funding in the State House, especially given the important work these clubs are doing to promote literacy, encourage health and wellness, and combat the opioid crisis.”

“We thank the Senator for once again making the time in his schedule to visit the Club. His commitment to the youth of Chicopee is evident in the time he makes to speak with our members when he visits,” said Jason Reed, Director of Marketing and Development for the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.

The increased funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs is made available through the Youth-At-Risk Matching Grants program. This grant provides matching grants to non-profits for a range of programs that address gang violence, sexual violence, teen dating issues, bullying and suicide through activities designed to promote the development of positive behaviors and social skills.

Senator Lesser Announces Funding for Randall Boys and Girls Club

Senator Eric P. Lesser visited the Randall Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday September 14 to announce $30,952 in new legislative appropriations for the Ludlow club.

The funding announcement comes after Senator Lesser secured a $200,000 increase in the state’s FY’17 budget for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. Senator Lesser has successfully championed funding increases for the clubs throughout his first term in office.

“The Randall Boys and Girls Club is an anchor for our community and an invaluable resource and support network for our families,” Senator Lesser said. “I’m proud to champion Boys and Girls Club funding in the State House, especially given the important work these clubs are doing to promote literacy, encourage health and wellness, and combat the opioid crisis.”

“On behalf the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club I would like to thank State Senator Eric Lesser and State Representative Thomas Petrolati who have time and again demonstrated their commitment to the Boys & Girls Club mission, through not just their words, but their actions as well,” said Jennifer Aldworth, President and CEO of the Ludlow Community Center Randall Boys and Girls Club. “I’d also like to thank State Senator Lesser for being the lead sponsor for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Club budget amendment. He helped push through a much needed $200,000 increase over last year’s allocation to support all of the Clubs in our State.”

The increased funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs is made available through the Youth-At-Risk Matching Grants program. This grant provides matching grants to non-profits for a range of programs that address gang violence, sexual violence, teen dating issues, bullying and suicide through activities designed to promote the development of positive behaviors and social skills.

Senator Lesser Announces Funding for Ludlow Veterans Memorial

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Senator Eric P. Lesser was joined by Representative Thomas Petrolati, Ludlow Selectmen Derek DeBarge, and Veterans Service Officer Eric Segundo to announce $20,000 in state funding for improvements to the Town of Ludlow’s Veterans Memorial on Wednesday September 7, 2016.

The funding was announced following Senator Lesser’s successful amendment to the FY’17 state budget, which was signed into law by Governor Baker in August.

“Ludlow’s men and women have proudly answered the call to serve throughout our nations history. These funds will ensure the town’s veterans memorial is well maintained and honors Ludlow’s sacrifices for our freedom,” Senator Lesser said. “I’m particularly thankful for the efforts of Eric Segundo who has worked tirelessly on behalf of all of Ludlow’s veterans.”

“I would like to personally thank Senator Lesser and Representative Petrolati on their efforts to acquire funding to complete our Veterans Memorial here in Ludlow,” said Ludlow Veteran Service Officer Eric Segundo. “We continue to honor the service and sacrifice of our heroes who have served our country honorably”

The funding will enable the Town of Ludlow to complete the installation of name-plates and benches for quiet reflection. The memorial will also feature several decorative plantings.

Senator Lesser serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. During this legislative session, Senator Lesser was a co-sponsor of the Stolen Valor Act which created a criminal penalty for the false impersonation of a military officer. Senator Lesser has also led efforts in the Senate to preserve veteran’s monuments around Massachusetts.

Senator Lesser Visits Friends of Granby’s Elderly Summer Picnic

Granby COASenator Eric P. Lesser visited the Friends of Granby’s Elderly Annual Summer Picnic on Wednesday, September 7. During the picnic, Senator Lesser met several residents of Granby and discussed issues ranging from health insurance to senior center funding.

“Granby has a wonderful Council on Aging that provides valuable services to seniors in our area,” Senator Lesser said. “I always enjoy visiting Granby, learning about residents concerns, and advocating for senior issues at the Statehouse.”


Senator Lesser is a member of the Legislature’s Elder Affairs Committee and has supported funding increases for local Councils on Aging and property tax relief for senior citizens living on fixed incomes.