March 24, 2017

Senator Lesser Applauds CRRC Plant’s $137.5M Contract with Philadelphia Transit System

“These are the kinds of projects that carry on Springfield’s reputation as a manufacturing hub,” Lesser said Springfield — Senator Eric P. Lesser cheered an announcement Thursday by Springfield’s CRRC railcar plant that it had secured a deal to build 45 train cars for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s transit system, for $137.5 million. Since being built to produce train cars for the …

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March 20, 2017

Senator Lesser Announces High School Essay Contest

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser sent a letter Friday to high school principals in the First Hampden and Hampshire District announcing his first annual essay contest for high school students and calling for student submissions. In 300-500 words students are asked to describe a community issue and an idea they have to fix it. The deadline for submission is …

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March 17, 2017

In Case You Missed It: SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN BACKS HIGH-SPEED RAIL CONNECTING SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER AND BOSTON

“I am glad we have the support of Sen. Warren for this project that would transform the Commonwealth,” Lesser said WORCESTER — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday pledged to push Capitol Hill leaders for infrastructure investments and offered her support for high-speed rail linking Springfield to Boston, backed by Sen. Eric Lesser. “We need a train that runs from Boston …

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March 15, 2017

Senator Lesser Meets with Belchertown Select Board

BELCHERTOWN — Senator Eric P. Lesser attended Monday’s Belchertown Select Board meeting to update town officials on his work in the State Senate and hear Board members’ concerns and counsel. Their wide-ranging discussion covered transportation, housing, environmental management and development at the Patrick Center and Lampson Brook properties, among other topics. “These meetings with local officials are very helpful in …

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March 13, 2017

Senator Lesser Speaks about the Future of Work at SXSW Conference in Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Senator Eric P. Lesser participated in a panel discussion on the “gig economy” and the future of work Sunday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. The discussion addressed how independent work affects public policy, and what policymakers can do to prepare workers for the new work environment. “We know technology is scrambling the …

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March 13, 2017

Senator Lesser Tours Springfield’s Northstar Pulp and Paper Company, Sees Their New Equipment in Action

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser toured Northstar Pulp and Paper Company in Springfield Friday to view the company’s new equipment purchased with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Lesser also discussed with company leadership and employees how the equipment will support the company’s work and how further public-private partnerships can contribute to the state’s business …

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March 6, 2017

Senator Lesser and Representative Wagner Welcome MassDevelopment Bond to Renovate Chicopee’s Sunshine Village

Chicopee — Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Joseph F. Wagner of Chicopee both cheered MassDevelopment’s announcement last week that it had issued a $2 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Sunshine Village Inc., a Chicopee human services nonprofit. Sunshine Village is using bond proceeds to make interior and exterior renovations to its Davis and Casey buildings, including redesigning the …

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March 3, 2017

Senator Lesser Meets with Connecticut Governor Malloy on Inter-State Rail Initiatives to Boost Regional Economy

“I am glad we have allies in Connecticut who understand the power of regional transportation to transform our economies,” Lesser said HARTFORD — Sen. Eric P. Lesser met with Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other Connecticut state officials at the State House in Hartford Thursday to receive an update on Connecticut’s plans to establish New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail service and …

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February 28, 2017

Senator Lesser Welcomes Play-Doh Manufacturing to East Longmeadow

“This is the kind of opportunity that helps our economy thrive,” Lesser said SPRINGFIELD — Following Hasbro, Inc.’s announcement that it would be moving Play-Doh manufacturing back to the United States and to its facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., Senator Eric P. Lesser, Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, released the following statement: “I am thrilled that Hasbro …

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February 27, 2017

Senator Lesser Named to Special Commission to Preserve Polish Heritage in the Pioneer Valley

“Polish immigrants, like so many other groups who came to Massachusetts, have helped shape the character of our communities,” Lesser said BOSTON — Senate President Stan Rosenberg appointed Senator Eric P. Lesser to the Special Commission to Preserve Polish Heritage in the Pioneer Valley on Friday. Lesser, who has Polish roots on his father’s side, will be one of two …

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