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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.
I was honored to have won the Democratic nomination for the Hampden Senate seat on September 4th. I want to thank everyone for your support during the primary and I look forward to serving Hampden in the 2019-2020 legislative session.

Legislative News

After an August where the legislature was in recess, September meant getting back in the swing of things.
On September 18th, the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing held an oversight hearing examining the functionality and ongoing development of, a consumer-facing health care service cost transparency web application. Providing transparent information about health plans is vital to helping individuals and families manage health costs. The hearing helped give lawmakers an update on a one tool that consumers can use to gain more insight and make more informed choices.
Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th.
District News
We also saw numerous exciting developments in the district including:
Baystate Health received $25,000 funding from CVS Health that will go towards training more providers at Community Health Centers. The training will specifically focus on the Office Based Opiate Treatment (OBAT) Programs.
• MGM Springfield is continuing its hiring spree and offering great careers for local residents. For more info about employment click here.
Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield received an $80,000 grant from the state to help expand the mentorship program it offers to help start-ups overcome obstacles that come with starting and growing a business.
Myself and Rep. Gonzalez at Baystate for the presentation of the OBAT funding
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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