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Welcome to my newsletter. I hope that this will serve as an effective way to keep the residents and stakeholders of the Hampden District informed of the work being done in the Massachusetts Senate and across the Commonwealth.
If I can ever be of assistance to you or your family, please contact me at my district office.
As you may know, myself and Rep Mike Finn will be hosting "West Side Salutes the T-Birds!" This event will offer a special ticket deal to watch the Springfield Thunderbirds play the Providence Bruins. We sincerely hope you all can join us. There's no better opportunity to show some local pride and connect with fellow hockey fans!
For more info click here.

Legislative News

Even though the year is winding down, that does not mean the legislature is standing still.

This month, the Senate passed my bill, Senate Bill 209, An Act relative to the Springfield Technology Park. This bill would affirm the Park as a Corporation governed by a professionalized 12-member board of directors -- helping it better achieve it’s mission and spurring the region’s job growth and economy. After passing through the Senate, it now goes to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
During the Balance Billing story I spoke with CBS to discuss what the state is doing to protect patients. (Photo courtesy of WBZ Boston)
Additionally in November, two important stories made headlines regarding unfair medical charges: balance billing and surprise outpatient hospital fees. Both of these practices are simply unfair and can costs families hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in medical bills. This session we worked to fix both issues under broad health care reform legislation. Unfortunately, that legislation did not pass. However, we will continue to look for legislative solutions to improve healthcare and reduce costs.
November Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 4th, 11th, 18th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 5th, 12th, 19th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 6th, 13th, 20th.
District News
We also saw numerous exciting developments in the district including:
New North Citizens' Council received $30,000 in funding in November to help the organization continue its work with the incredibly successful C3 policing program.
• MGM Springfield is continuing its hiring spree and offering great careers for local residents. For more info about employment click here.
• Solarize Mass, a state program designed to make residential solar more affordable, is partnering with Springfield. To find out how you can take advantage of this program click here.
Myself with Rep. Gonzalez and members of New North Citizens' Council during the check presentation.
District Office: 32-34 Hampden St, Downtown Springfield 01103
Boston Office: State House,
Room 413-B
Phone: (413) 737 7756
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
I welcome your feedback and look forward to making this newsletter an important source of information for you and your families. Below you will find information on recent events in the district as well as updates on new legislation. You can also check out the latest news at
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