June 23, 2017

Local Students Win Senator Lesser’s Inaugural High School Essay Contest

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser announced the winners of his first annual high school essay contest on Friday. The winners were Kamran Noori Shirazi, who just graduated from Springfield Central High School, and Fiona O’Sullivan, who just graduated from Ludlow High School. For the competition, students were asked to describe a community issue and an idea they had to …

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June 22, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Pass Bill Detailing the Sale and Taxation of Marijuana in Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, Senator Eric P. Lesser voted to pass a compromise bill that specifies how marijuana can be sold and how those sales will be taxed in Massachusetts. The bill is the result of negotiations between the House and Senate, following voters’ approval of Question 4 to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. After the vote, Sen. …

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June 22, 2017

Senator Lesser Completes Whistle-Stop Tour Across State in Support of East-West Rail

Tour ended with rally in Springfield attended by more than 100 supporters SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, June 19, Senator Eric P. Lesser took a whistle-stop tour across the state to raise support for his proposal to study a high-speed rail link between Boston and Springfield. The tour began in Boston and ended with a nighttime rally in Springfield’s newly renovated …

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June 22, 2017

Senator Lesser Congratulates “Unsung Heroine” of Springfield

BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser congratulated Dora Robinson of Springfield, who was recognized as an “Unsung Heroine” on Wednesday, June 21. Robinson was personally nominated by Sen. Lesser, and was honored along with more than 115 other Massachusetts women at a State House ceremony Wednesday. The Unsung Heroines are recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women …

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June 14, 2017

Senator Lesser Announces Statewide Whistle-Stop Tour in Support of East-West Rail

Tour to start in Boston, end with rally in Springfield Includes stops in Framingham, Worcester and Palmer   EVENT DETAILS First stop: Boston – more details to come WHAT: Press conference with Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Sen. Joe Boncore WHEN: Monday, June 19 at 9 a.m.   Second stop: Framingham WHAT: Press conference at Framingham Station with Sen. Karen …

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June 13, 2017

Hundreds Attend Sen. Lesser’s “Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair” to Learn About Local Resources

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 600 area residents turned out to Senator Eric P. Lesser’s first annual “Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair” on Friday, June 9 to learn about local resources available to help them plan for retirement. “There is a tremendous need for this information that helps people plan ahead for their futures,” Sen. Lesser said. “I was thrilled to see …

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June 5, 2017

Sen. Lesser, Rep. Petrolati Congratulate Ludlow Students Who Competed in National C-SPAN Competition

LUDLOW — Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Thomas M. Petrolati congratulated students at Paul R. Baird Middle School on Thursday for earning honorable mention in C-SPAN’s nationwide “StudentCam” documentary filmmaking competition. Eighth-grade students Liz Goncalves, Braeden Vermette and Kendyl Vermette created a documentary film about the opiate epidemic titled, “The Opioid Drug Epidemic, Our Nation in Crisis.” The students’ …

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June 5, 2017

Senator Lesser Lauds $1 Million Grant for Belchertown Day School

SPRINGFIELD —Senator Eric P. Lesser applauded the announcement that Belchertown Day School had been selected for a $1 million grant for the construction of a new building on the campus of the former Belchertown State School. The building will include a fenced toddler playground, separate fenced preschool playground and a separate play area for the school-age program in the back …

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June 2, 2017

Lesser: “Gov. Baker Saw the Common Sense” in Step to Provide Leadership on Fighting Climate Change

Current members of U.S. Climate Alliance Are California, Connecticut, New York and Washington SPRINGFIELD — Less than 24 hours after Senator Eric P. Lesser called on Governor Charlie Baker to join the United State Climate Alliance, a coalition of states seeking to uphold the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, the Governor has agreed to move Massachusetts into the Alliance. …

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June 1, 2017

Senator Lesser Calls on Gov. Baker to Join Climate Alliance in Wake of Trump Pulling U.S. Out of Paris Climate Accord

Current members of U.S. Climate Alliance Are California, New York and Washington SPRINGFIELD — Following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, the governors of California, New York and Washington formed a new coalition, called the United States Climate Alliance, aimed at meeting the U.S. climate goals set forth in the …

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