Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo invited them on stage for "America the Beautiful."
At the start of Town Meeting Tuesday night, Mark DiSalvo invited emergecy responders and Boston Marathon runners to the stage to honor them.
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Your recap of the local democratic extravaganza.
Hundreds of residents turned out at North Andover High School Tuesday night for Town Meeting. The town unanimously approved the town budget, the fourth consecutive consensus budget. The scaled-back ESCO project was approved, and the new location for the Fire Department was approved as well. Fire Station and Kittredge Gym Former Town Moderator Charlie Salisbury made a memorable return to citizen-voter status when moved to strike the Facilities Master Plan implementation part of the CIP article so that the new fire station proposal would have to be brought to voters at a future Town Meeting. But that would also consequently kill the proposal in the plan for a new gym at Kittredge School, so his motion caused an uproar in the crowd. Laura …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A list of things you should know.
Noirth Andover voters will head to North Andover High School tonight for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting. Here are some things to keep in mind. When/Where: Town Meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the high school. It will last as long as it takes to vote on the more than 30 warrant articles. If Town Meeting doesn't end tonight, it will continue tomorrow at 7 p.m. What's on the Warrant: The full Town Meeting warrant can be viewed here. Some noteworthy items include a proposal to allow more back yard chickens, the ESCO projects, a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and more. Special Tribute: Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo announced that there will be a special ceremony honoring the Boston Marathon responders and injured. And members of the …
By State Rep. Jim Lyons.
- On Patch
2 days ago
Monday, May 20, 2013
And he needs your help to spread the word.
Town Moderator Mark Disalvo has decided to pay tribute to the runners, volunteers, law enforcement, first responders and health care providers involved in the Boston Marathon at Town Meeting. "All these individuals were enjoying a pristine spring day when tragedy so severely changed the course of that fine day, both personal and civic," Disalvo said. "I hope to let them know that the North Andover community is aware and proud of their role and participation in what is now among the finest hours of our shared experience in the Commonwealth’s history." DiSalvo invites all North Andover residents who have been associated with the Boston Marathon itself and the health care and emergency and law enforcement response to the bombing tragedy and …
You'll decide that at Town Meeting.
Massachusetts recently passed a law legalizing medical marijuana. And that means medical marijuana dispensaries will soon be popping up all over the Bay State. But in North Andover, one article on the Town Meeting warrant seeks to block them, at least tremporarily. Article 32 reads: "To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of North Andover Zoning Bylaw, by adding Section 8.12 Medical Marijuana Treatment Center in order to allow time to make the appropriate amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow the use of Medical Marijuana Treatment Center, or to take any other action relative thereto." Basically, the article doesn't ban the dispensaries permanently. It establishes a moratorium on the building of any such facilities until July 1, …
Posted by Diana DiZoglio.
- On Patch
Monday, May 20
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …