Archive for the ‘State News’ Category

Ending Gender-based Discrimination

July 8, 2009

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition has proposed a bill to amend the Commonwealth’s stance on Hate crimes, focusing on Gender-based discrimination and transgender American’s. This bill is coming to hearing Tuesday July 14, 2009 and Sean is one of the bill’s co-sponsors. This bill is bringing the Commonwealth up to speed with the rest of the country regarding transgender-inclusive non-discrimination and hate crimes laws. Because of a number of citizens that have been discriminated against due to their gender transformation alone, the Commonwealth must act now. Sean invites you to voice your opinion on this or any other issue in the blog or through email and phone.

As always Sean can also be reached at the office 617-722-2400 or on his cell phone 781-859-7781. His email address is Sean.Garballey@state.ma.us.

Office Hours

July 8, 2009

With an outstanding turnout last week, Sean will be holding office hours Monday July 13th and Friday July 17th 9:30am-11am at Panera Bread in Arlington. Panera bread is located at 1398 Massachusetts ave in the Arlington Heights. Again, Sean will be there to answer any questions or concerns that his supporters may have.

As always Sean can also be reached at the office 617-722-2400 or on his cell phone 781-859-7781. His email address is Sean.Garballey@state.ma.us.

Budget Forum – Tonight! 6/2

June 2, 2009

There will be a forum at the Town Hall in Arlington on June 2nd.  The topic of discussion will be the FY2010 state budget, and how revenue shortfalls and the economic stimulus will impact Arlington.  The meeting will be attended by Representatives Garballey and Kaufman; Senator Donnelly; Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Leslie Kirwan, and Executive Director of MA Budget and Policy Center, Noah Berger.  The forum will be held at the Arlington Town Hall, 2nd floor Selectman’s Conference room and is expected to last from 7:30 to 9:00. 

Please come join the discussion.  For those of you who cannot make it, check back tomorrow for an update to the night’s discussions.  If you are unable to attend but there are questions you would like asked please post them in the “Comments” section and we will be sure to get the answers tonight!

Governor Patrick will Host Meeting in Arlington

May 26, 2009

Representative Garballey will welcome Governor Patrick to Arlington on June 22nd when he stops as part of his Summer Town Hall Meeting Tour across the commonwealth.  We hope you can come out to join in the conversation.  Through these difficult times, both Sean and the governor know that accessible and open communication between elected officials and citizens is critical.  The meetings are part of Governor Patrick’s efforts to make state government accessible for all people in the Commonwealth. The Governor will host 15 town hall meetings this summer and he encourages all to come and share in the discussion.                        

The town hall-style meetings are open to the public, giving residents a chance to talk directly to Governor Patrick about issues they care about most, including the economy, the state’s budget challenges, and the Governor’s efforts to push for reforms on Beacon Hill. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/governor/townhall.

Please come to the Arlington meeting at Robbins Farm Park (51 Eastern Ave) on Monday, June 22 at 7pm.

Traffic Tools for Memorial Day Weekend

May 20, 2009

I wanted to share a bit of information with those of you planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend.  Today, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority unveiled new online customer service features to make it easier for drivers to track traffic conditions on the MassPike.  This year motorists will be able to track traffic hotspots at I-84, I-495, Weston and Allston tolls via an improved interactive Google Maps Traffic Cameras web page and a real-time traffic Conditions web page, all accessible from www.masspike.com.

The interactive Google Maps Traffic Cameras page monitors real-time, live traffic conditions in Boston and now has been improved to include the addition of five cameras from Allston to I-84, including the Exit 9 hotspot in Sturbridge.  In addition, the Roads Conditions page will report up-to-date traffic conditions in these new locations.  Because existing equipment and infrastructure was used and the web site modifications were made by Turnpike staff, the online features unveiled today were developed at no additional cost to the Turnpike.

Please remember to drive safe and note that historically, the heaviest Memorial Day weekend traffic occurs Thursday, Friday and Monday afternoons and early evenings.  Hope these traffic tools come just in time for the weekend and don’t forget to have a great time once you reach your destination!