With the Metro Boston Commonwealth Conversations tour just around the corner on Wednesday, March 4, Senator Brownsberger and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) appeared on Boston Neighborhood Network News (BNN) to talk about the tour and to encourage folks to come out to the public events at Brighton High School at 9:00 a.m. and the town hall forum at Roxbury Community College at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to be heard by a group of Senators on your concerns and ideas as they build an agenda for this new legislative session.
The Commonwealth Conversations tour is an opportunity to tell a group of MA senators what’s on your mind by attending a public forum or submitting testimony at the tour website. The input senators receive will help them know what’s important to residents across the Commonwealth as the Senate sets its agenda for the next two-year legislative session.
“Law Enforcement Councils” exist in many states to coordinate police activities across a region. Nearby, we have the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) that includes police departments in 58 communities in Massachusetts. This article in the Bay State Examiner describes an ACLU lawsuit to obtain records of SWAT team activities, which NEMLEC refuses to supply.
To run Greater Boston, we need trains and buses that run reliably. To get there, we are going to have to make some hard choices. Given limited resources and more or less fixed costs, we need to do a better job setting priorities within our transportation budget.
Senate President Rosenberg has created the Commonwealth Conversations — a series of meetings across the state to get a sense of what’s most important for us to address in this legislative session. These meetings have been well attended by members of the State Senate. Here is information about two public meetings in Boston on Wednesday, March 4. I hope you can attend and directly make your concerns known to us.
Please be aware that until subway train service is normal, bus service will is likely to be subnormal. In general, the T’s entire fleet of buses is in use at rush hour. To the extent that buses are diverted to cover train service, bus routes will see less frequent service.