(MATTAPAN) – Today in Mattapan Square, Congressman Mike Capuano of the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts officially endorsed State Representative Dan Cullinane of the 12th Suffolk district. Congressman Capuano represents 16 of the 17 precincts that make up the 12th Suffolk district in Washington – Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton. Congressman Capuano joined numerous community leaders from Mattapan in giving Representative Cullinane high marks for his accessibility, persistence, and for delivering results in his first nine months in office.
“Dan Cullinane has earned our support. I respect him - not just as a politician - I respect him as a human being because he is in this for the right reasons. Dan has delivered for the people of the 12th Suffolk district,” Congressman Capuano said.“He works well with people inside and outside the district. Dan brings people together, which gives him the ability to bring a lot of resources to the community. He is exactly the type of person we want in politics. That is why I am here – he has earned our support and deserves our help. I am proud to endorse Dan’s re-election.”
“I am honored to have the support of Congressman Capuano, a true progressive leader who is a tireless advocate for Massachusetts families and a consistent voice for those in our community whoare in need,” State Representative Cullinane said. “As a former alderman and mayor, Congressman Capuano knows the vital importance of strong local government delegations working together for the betterment of the communities we serve. I am grateful for the confidence and trust he has placed in me to be re-elected to serve the people of the 12th Suffolk district as State Representative.”
Congressman Mike Capuano was first elected to the U.S.House of Representatives in 1999. He has been re-elected 7 times and has built a reputation as one of the hardest working progressive legislators in Washington. Congressman Capuano currently serves on the Financial Services Committee, the Committee on Ethics, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He has founded four congressional caucuses, and was formerly an alderman and mayor in the city of Somerville.
State Representative Dan Cullinane was elected last year with 75% of the vote in a three person special election to succeed now State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Cullinane served as then Representative Dorcena Forry’s campaign field director, helping elect her as the first Haitian-American State Senator in Massachusetts history. Representative Cullinane also previously served as the Director of Constituent Services for former State Representative and current Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh.
Congressman Capuano joins Mayor Marty Walsh and State Representative Russell Holmes in endorsing Representative Cullinane's re-election campaign. He has also been endorsed by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Boston Teacher's Union, MassEquality, MassAlliance, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice, and the AFSCME Council 93.
State Representative Dan Cullinane of the 12th Suffolk District has announced the hiring of his Campaign Manager.
Former John Barros for Mayor regional field organizer and Mattapan GOTV Director Brendan Joyce will join Cullinane’s re-election campaign as campaign manager. Joyce also organized in Dorchester and Roxbury in the effort to elect Marty Walsh as Mayor of Boston during last year’s general election.
“I’m thrilled to head up Dan’s re-election campaign”, said Joyce. “In his short time on Beacon Hill, Dan has already been able to rack up a strong progressive record on behalf of his constituents. From voting for cornerstone pieces of legislation like the minimum wage bill to providing basic constituent services like fixing potholes, Dan has shown the type of inclusive leadership that the 12th Suffolk District deserves. I’m more than excited to help send Dan back to Beacon Hill for his first full term”.
Brendan Joyce grew up on Cape Cod and attended Bridgewater State University. His father emigrated from Co. Galway, Ireland to Dorchester in 1957. Mike Joyce became the Chairman of the Ward 16 Democratic Committee and in 1962 helped Ted Kennedy handily defeat his first primary opponent in Dorchester’s Irish immigrant community. Joyce has been involved in political campaigns from a young age, and most recently worked as a regional field director in the Massachusetts governor race.
"I am very excited to have an experienced campaign professional in Brendan managing my re-election campaign," said State Representative Dan Cullinane. "We have a two-month sprint ahead of us. I am confident that Brendan's energy and proven work-ethic make him the right person to build upon the strong progressive organization we built last year and will lead us to victory in September."
Mayor Marty Walsh Endorses Cullinane in First Official Endorsement as Mayor
One-Time Funds Provide Immediate Assistance to Municipalities, MassDOT
BOSTON- Wednesday, April 9, 2014- The Patrick Administration today announced the 2014 Pothole and Winter Recovery Program to support and accelerate the repair of potholes and other damage caused by the recent severe winter weather. The $40 million one-time program will assist all municipalities and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in performing necessary repairs on state and local roadways and facilities.
“We experienced an extraordinary winter season that caused damage to our roads, bridges, and vehicles well beyond the typical year,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “This one-time, targeted program will speed repair and recovery and maintain safe travel for motorists.”
“Our cities and towns already challenged by what seemed to be never ending snow and ice removal now face higher than expected costs in fixing streets, signs, and other transportation facilities,” said MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola. “These funds to be spent immediately this spring and summer will allow all communities to make the most basic and necessary repairs and provide quick improvements for the traveling public.”
The $40 million program includes $30 million allocated to all municipalities according to the same Chapter 90 formula used to provide longer term local road and bridge project funds. MassDOT will receive $10 million to address the greater than normal winter damage to Interstate highways and other state roads.
Since January, MassDOT has received nearly 1,700 pothole reports and already spent more than $880,000 repairing potholes on state roadways. By comparison, the $40 million allocated for the recovery program could pave 530 lane miles of roadway based on current pricing.
The Pothole and Winter Recovery Program is funded through existing FY2014 authorizations available to the department prior to the expected passage of the Transportation Bond Bill and requires all work to be completed by September of 2014.
“After such a long and difficult winter, these funds will help communities repair potholes and other infrastructure,” said Senator Thomas M. McGee. “Having safe and efficient roadways are so important not only to commuters, but to our statewide economy.”
“This was a particularly rough winter and now that the snow has cleared, the damage done to the roads is evident in all areas across the state,” said State Representative William M. Straus. “I’m pleased that the $40 million will enable the roads to be repaired and restored to a good condition, and provide enhanced public safety.”
“This rollercoaster of a winter has wreaked months of havoc on roads all across the Commonwealth. Despite the best efforts of state and city agencies it has been near impossible to keep up with the demand to fix the overwhelming number of potholes the extreme weather left behind,” State Representative Dan Cullinane said. “The $40 million in much needed funding being released today will give city and state transportation departments the ability and resources to finish the job of restoring our roadways as quickly as possible.”
"I would like to thank Governor Patrick and Secretary Davey for directing much needed resources to improving roadway conditions after a long and harsh winter season," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "The City of Boston has filled 10,176 potholes since January -- a record-setting feat, as a result of seeking more efficient and effective ways to improve the quality of life for Boston residents. Programs such as the 'Potholes and Winter Recovery Program' provide an important tool in those efforts. I look forward to working with MassDOT and other local leaders to translate these funds into results in the coming months."
“The two most important words today are thank you,” said Braintree Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan. “Cities and towns need this money and Governor Patrick has listened; this will make a positive difference throughout the state.”
"This is very good news for cities and towns, and we applaud Governor Patrick, Secretary Davey and the Administration for providing $30 million in pothole and winter recovery funds," said Geoffrey C. Beckwith, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. "This year's punishing winter has damaged local roads, generated countless potholes, and placed a huge burden on local taxpayers as municipal leaders work to shore up their crumbling roadways," Beckwith said. "Communities will put these funds to immediate use rebuilding and repairing roads in every corner of Massachusetts, which will save money, help our economy and improve public safety."
MassDOT also appreciates the public's help throughout this winter season in reporting pothole locations on state roads, allowing repairs to be made as quickly as possible.
If you see a pothole, please call MassDOT at 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636), Toll Free at 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846), or visit our online contact information web page to send us an e-mail.
In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work. For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot blog: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/, or follow MassDOT on twitter at https://twitter.com/MassDOT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.
Representatives Mary S. Keefe & Daniel R. Cullinane
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry
Cordially Invite Legislators and Staff to Attend a Briefing on:
Issues and funding affecting the status of youth employment
Across the Commonwealth
Thursday, April 3rd
2:30 – 3:30PM
House Members Lounge
The briefing is sponsored and attended by:
Boston Private Industry Council
Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board
Regional Environmental Council of Worcester
Youth Jobs Coalition
Press Pass TV
Massachusetts Community Action Network
State Rep. Dan Cullinane Joins U.S. Senator Ed Markey for Unveiling of The “Handgun Trigger Safety Act” New Federal Gun Safety Legislation
On Wednesday, State Representative Dan Cullinane participated in an intimate round table discussion on the impact of gun violence hosted by United States Senator Ed Markey at Project R.I.G.H.T. in Dorchester. Senator Markey hosted this community dialogue just prior to his public announcement unveiling new federal gun safety legislation entitled the “Handgun Trigger Safety Act.”
State Rep. Dan Cullinane Announces Weekly “Dan in the District” Office Hours Across 12th Suffolk District
State Representative Dan Cullinane is today announcing an aggressive plan to hold weekly “Dan in the District” community office hours at five convenient locations throughout the district every Friday, beginning March 7th. This initiative is part of Representative Cullinane’s on-going commitment to enable residents of the 12th Suffolk District to have consistent and direct access to meet with him personally about their concerns and ideas without having to commute into the State House.
House Approves $12.7 Billion Transportation Finance Legislation Including $300 Million for Local Aid Unanimous Vote Reaffirms Commitment to Investing in Local Aid and Transportation
State Rep. Dan Cullinane Participates in House Oversight Hearing into DCF Regarding the Disappearance of Jeremiah Oliver
Yesterday State Representative Dan Cullinane participated in the special House Post Audit and Oversight Committee hearing convened to investigate and demand answers from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families regarding the disappearance of five year old Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver. Representative Cullinane joined his colleagues in aggressively questioning DCF Commissioner Olga Roche as to how DCF could have lost track of a child receiving services in the system who was last seen on May 20, 2013.
In his first meeting since returning from Israel, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo met with State Representative Dan Cullinane to discuss how housing immigration restrictions in the pending welfare legislation would adversely impact many immigrants who are lawfully present in the United States – including a significant amount of Haitian immigrants who moved to the United States in part due to the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.