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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June 1, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Study High-Speed Rail Passes Senate Unanimously

BOSTON — On Thursday afternoon, the state Senate voted unanimously to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser to study a high-speed rail line between Boston and Springfield. “More than bringing economic development to communities outside of Boston, high-speed east-west rail would go a long way toward solving Boston’s housing crisis by offering a faster commute to …

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May 30, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Provide Line of Duty Death Benefit to Families of State Employees Killed on the Job Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Thursday, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that would make all public workers killed in the line of duty eligible for death benefits. The measure was proposed in honor of Warren Cowles, a Longmeadow Department of Public Works foreman who was killed after a train struck his snowplow …

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May 26, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Provide Security Enhancements to Nonprofit Organizations at High Risk of Terror Attack

“No child should have to fear going to school or going to pray at a place of worship,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Wednesday night, Senator Eric P. Lesser co-sponsored a successful measure allocating funds to provide security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and hate crimes. The vote came just three days …

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May 25, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Fund Spirit of Springfield Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Wednesday, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that allocates $100,000 to help fund the Spirit of Springfield’s programming. The Spirit of Springfield enhances quality of life by managing large annual events that foster a sense of community and civic pride in Springfield, including the “World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast,” …

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