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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 handed in my nomination papers in April, officially getting my name on the ballot. I'm proud to serve the Hampden district in the State Senate and will be seeking re-election to continue working for more accessible health care, a stronger Western Massachusetts, and much more! If you would like to join my campaign please reach out to Hannah Bertrand at

Legislative News

April was another busy month in the Senate. The Legislature passed a Bond Bill that would invest $200 million into local road and bridge repair projects. For the fiscal year 2019 local apportionment included:
  • $1,334,849 for Chicopee
  • $3,682,135 for Springfield
  • $849,092 for West Springfield
The Senate passed a supplemental budget that included funds to help continue the extremely successful Healthy Incentives Program and to help Regional Transit Authorities avoid budget shortfalls.
Legislation has come up concerning continuity of care for multiple sclerosis treatment. I had the pleasure of meeting with a dedicated multiple sclerosis advocate in the district about support for Senate Bill 539. You can read more about the bill, the advocate, and my support here.

Finally, the Senate passed Senate Bill 2380, An Act establishing a student loan bill of rights. This bill puts in place measures to protect student borrowers from predatory student loans.
District News
We also saw numerous exciting developments in the district including:
• The Eastern State Exposition donated $240K to The Big E/West Springfield Trust Fund.
• MGM Springfield is continuing its hiring spree and offering great careers for local residents. For more info about employment click here.
• I hosted the Springfield Regional Chamber's annual Beacon hill Summit where business leaders from the Greater Springfield area came to the State House to hear from legislators and state officials about what we are doing here to help local businesses succeed
Beacon Hill Summit Day
Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st.
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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