What we've accomplished together

As I look back on my last 5 years as your State Representative, I'm proud of all that we've accomplished to make the 12th Suffolk District a better place. In this race, I'm the true progressive who's gotten results for the communities of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Milton. I've brought millions in vital state funds back to the district and invested them in public transportation, housing, and quality of life improvements. Here are the things that we've accomplished to improve the communities in the 12th Suffolk District.

Transportation

  • Alongside my colleagues, I led the efforts to fight for the long-term preservation of the Mattapan Line by advocating for a significant immediate investment into the current fleet of trolley vehicles. As a result of our advocacy, the MBTA allocated $7.9 million to invest in upgrades and repairs to the trolley vehicles operating on this line, which will keep the trolley line in operation through the early 2020's. I will continue to stand together with our friends and neighbors who rely on the trolley as we face uncertainty on the future of the trolley.
  • I stood up for the residents of Mattapan to see that the close to $20 million Blue Hill Avenue Commuter Rail Station is being built to give Mattapan residents a single seat ride to South Station in 25 minutes for the same price as riding the subway.
  • I delivered $3.5 million to make the Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard intersection safer.

Affordable Housing

  • I have fought to bring housing that people can afford to our communities. In Mattapan, I stood up for our community to stop a backroom sale of the Mattapan MBTA Parking Lot to a charter school, allowing the community to have a voice in the process. Now, there will be much needed transit oriented affordable housing built that will be an asset to the community. I worked to green light the Cote Ford Development, bringing much needed affordable housing to the Mattapan community transforming what has been an long abandoned car dealership and an eye sore for a generation into what will soon be much needed housing that people can afford. In Milton, I passed legislation for an easement so the Hendries Building demolition can take place, paving the way for new housing in Milton.
  • During my first year in office, in partnership with community development cooperation, I created the annual housing fair event focused on homeowners and renters experiencing challenges with respect to housing. My office brought resources down to the community to level to help people who are suffering from risk of homelessness and homelessness, as well as homeowners who are at risk or experiencing foreclosures. Resulting from the first annual fair, Boston Housing Authority made applications for housing in languages that were not previously available to make sure that gaps in access to services were reduced.
  • I worked to include $25,000 in the FY 2019 budget for the Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) Pilot Program to combat Haitian and Caribbean homelessness. I've worked to support CICD so they can close the cultural gap and allow the community to be able to connect with housing resources in order to cut down on homelessness, speed up response for housing emergencies, and close language gaps and barriers.

Criminal Justice 

  • I proudly sponsored an amendment to the criminal justice legislation to help combat recidivism. Now all people released from correctional facilities will receive a CORI Rights, Resources, and responsibilities informational booklet, which provides information on their criminal offender record, explanation of their rights, information on how to seal their record, how to file a complaint, and contact information for relevant employees and offices in the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. This common sense step was never a reality until passed by Dan.
  • Working with State Representative Evandro Carvalho, I fought to include $5 million dedicated to funding residential reentry programs in the House budget for 2019.

Healthcare

  • I delivered $50,000 to the Mattapan Community Health Center in the FY 2018 budget to start providing mental health services at the community health center for the first time, reducing stigma of mental health by streamlining the general doctor’s visits with mental health needs as a way to reduce trauma experienced in the community. I was also proud to be honored by the The Health Center as the recipient of the 2015 Dr. T. Leon Nicks Exemplary Services Award for my services to the health center, the first elected official to ever receive the award.

Parks, Beautification, and the Neponset Greenway

  • I delivered $50,000 in the FY18 budget for a study on DCR's wooded land adjacent on Edgewater drive. This investment will help create a plan that informs the community of what is possible for making a productive use of the wooded land on Edgewater Drive which for too long has been a location for illegal trash dumping. I also filed an amendment in the capital bond bill that led to the inclusion of $500,000 to be used on the Edgewater Drive site after the planning process above is completed and the community process has begun.
  • I brought back $500,000 from a bond bill under Governor Deval Patrick to beautify Mattapan Square with plants and greenery in the heart of his district where there was no green space at all. The funds went to the city to ensure a community led process for the vision of beatification, including Mattapan Square Main Streets, civic groups, and local businesses.
  • Continuing to prioritize Mattapan Square, I secured an additional $50,000 in this year’s FY19 Budget to upgrade the interior of the old comfort station in Mattapan Square. This is in addition to another $1.5 million in the environmental bond legislation.
  • I delivered $250,000 to build the first new children’s playground at Ventura Park in 23 years, replacing what was one of the top five oldest and outdated playgrounds in the state.
  • I worked with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, to ensure that the nearly $20 million allocated led to the successful completion of the Neponset Greenway nature trail missing link connecting Central Ave in Milton to Mattapan Square. The Neponset Greenway connects my district and is a biking and walking path that connects communities to public transportation and to their natural environment. 
  • I fought for $20,000 in the FY 2017 budget to go to updating Shields Park.

Economic Development

  • I fought for an amendment to the Economic Development Bond Bill for $200,000 to help the Haitian American Business Expo get started and help Haitian American businesses with technical and business planning assistance. This year, I again fought to include $100,000 in the state budget for the HAB to continue to grow, receive technical assistance programming, and to create an employment portal so prospective employees in the Haitian community can be connected to Haitian businesses that may have use for fluency in Haitian Creole.

Immigration

  • I have continued to stand to protect Massachusetts’ pro-immigrant values. Together with my colleagues, I was one of the original authors of a resolution in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) extension. Until Donald Trump’s administration, TPS was supported by previous Democratic and Republican administrations, and by not extending TPS, our friends and neighbors who are here because of humanitarian need would be expelled from our country and our cultural fabric. It is important to protect these vulnerable communities not only because they grow up next to us as neighbors, but because of their many social and economic contributions to Massachusetts. I was also a proud cosponsor of the Safe Communities Act.

SEIU/Home Care Worker Registry

  • I worked alongside SEIU 1199 to create a pathway to higher wages and ensure a stable career. I authored legislation with SEIU 1199 to create a registry of all home care workers for them to be able to showcase their credentials and qualifications and training to ensure safe treatment of our seniors, protect the homecare industry, and ensure better treatment of homecare workers, many of whom are Haitian and Caribbean. This could lead to a pathway to joining a union, and change much of the homecare industry from a $10 an hour revolving door job to an empowering career with increased wages and benefits you can raise a family on.

Youth

  • During my first year in office, I organized a youth jobs fair, after learning that only 80 Summer Works jobs were allocated for Mattapan youth. This jobs fair was hosted in Mattapan to connect teens and young adults to readily available employment. He collaborated with numerous non-profits, Mattapan ABCD, Mattapan United, his fellow Mattapan colleagues in government, and local businesses to create these opportunities for our young people. Over three hundred Mattapan and Dorchester youth attended and were able to get connected with jobs that may not have had summer employment otherwise. This tradition has continued on for many years.
  • In my office, I provide internship opportunities to over 10 youth annually, many of who come from Mattapan and Dorchester.
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