May 4, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Secure $8.4M in State Aid for Roads and Bridges in Springfield, Chicopee and Surrounding Communities

“This funding is critical to rebuilding our roads, especially after a harsh winter,” Lesser said Boston — Senator Eric P. Lesser voted Wednesday for a state road repair package that would bring $8.4 million in state aid for local roads and bridges to the nine communities he represents, including parts of Springfield, Chicopee and the surrounding towns. The package allocates …

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April 27, 2017

Senator Lesser Celebrates Grand Opening of Longmeadow Shops with Ribbon Cutting

LONGMEADOW — Senator Eric P. Lesser joined Steve Walker, owner of Grove Property Fund, in celebrating the grand opening of the expanded Longmeadow Shops complex on Thursday. Senator Lesser presented Walker with an official citation congratulating him on the business’ achievement. “For as long as I can remember, the Longmeadow Shops have served as a place for the community to …

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April 26, 2017

Senator Lesser Meets with East Longmeadow Town Council

EAST LONGMEADOW — Senator Eric P. Lesser attended Tuesday’s East Longmeadow Town Council meeting to update town officials on his work in the State Senate and hear Council members’ concerns and counsel. Their wide-ranging discussion covered transportation funding, local aid, health care costs and property tax burdens. Sen. Lesser also provided an update on the state legislature’s budget process. “These …

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April 19, 2017

Senator Lesser Statement on Rattlesnake Working Group Decision to Suspend the Plan to Bring Rattlesnakes to Quabbin Reservoir

SPRINGFIELD — Following the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board vote to indefinitely suspend a plan to establish a timber rattlesnake colony on Mt. Zion Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, Senator Eric P. Lesser issued the following statement: “I agree with the decision by the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Board to indefinitely suspend the plan to breed rattlesnakes at the Quabbin …

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April 10, 2017

Senator Lesser Brings Together MIT Researchers, Industry Leaders for Tour of STCC Laser Lab, Roundtable Discussion

“I hope this is the start of a valuable collaboration,” Lesser said Springfield — Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed representatives from MIT’s AIM Photonics program to Springfield Friday to tour STCC’s “Laser Lab” and discuss how the region could maintain its reputation as a national leader in high-tech manufacturing. “Western Mass is known for the major manufacturers based in the …

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April 6, 2017

In Era of Federal Cuts, Senator Lesser Urges More State Funding for Programs to Help Elderly, Needy

“The uncertainty we’re facing at the federal level means Massachusetts needs to step up and protect our families and our farms,” Lesser said BOSTON — On Wednesday, Senator Eric P. Lesser, along with representatives from the Massachusetts Coalition of Food Banks, hosted an information session where the theme was clear: federal cuts to assistance programs put the burden on state …

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March 28, 2017

Senator Lesser Welcomes German Delegation to Discuss Trade Ties between Germany and Massachusetts

“While this meeting comes at a time of uncertainty in the transatlantic relationship, Massachusetts is open for business,” Sen. Lesser said BOSTON— Senator Eric P. Lesser joined Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, Senator Eileen Donoghue, Representative Lori Ehrlich and other House and Senate colleagues in hosting a German delegation to discuss Mass.-Germany trade ties on Monday. …

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March 24, 2017

Senator Lesser Helps Rally Support for K-12 Arts Education with Letter to State Commissioner

“Arts education reduces the achievement gap,” Lesser said BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser, along with Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz and Adam Hinds, took the lead in supporting arts education, rallying 59 House and Senate colleagues to cosign a March 9 letter to the state Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) lauding the Commissioner’s inclusion of arts education in its …

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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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