Jul. 20, 2012
The Senate on Thursday voted 31-7 to approve a bill broadening crime-fighting tools, ensuring that certain repeat violent offenders serve their full sentences, and easing prison overcrowding by adjusting sentencing laws for drug offenders.
Shortly after the vote, the House gave the bill final approval and senators sent it to Gov. Deval Patrick.
"The governor should sign it because it's the balanced bill that he asked for when the discussion began," Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said after the vote. Read more
State Rep. Carlos Henriquez, fighting assault and criminal charges leveled by a 23-year-old student, plans to hold a community meeting on Aug. 7.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Dorchester House, located at 1353 Dorchester Ave., according to a notice from Henriquez's office.
The notice states: "Come join Representative Carlos Henriquez for a community meeting. Share your concerns as residents as well as hear about what the Representative has been working on at the State House." Read more
Jul. 16, 2012
The lead House negotiator on an anti-crime and sentencing reform bill said on Monday that changes to mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenders remain one of the last unresolved issues between the branches.
Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty, a Chelsea Democrat and co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said after a brief conference committee meeting Monday that the House and Senate were close to reaching a final agreement on the bill that would eliminate parole for certain three-time felons. Read more
Backers of Superintendent Carol Johnson will gather on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain to show support for her. Johnson went into damage control mode this week after the Boston Globe reported that she did not discipline a headmaster after he was accused of a domestic assault charge.
The church, run by Rev. Ray Hammond, is located at 40 Walk Hill. Read more
City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley issued a statement Friday, days after an elected official and the Boston Public Schools superintendent became enmeshed in controversies stemming from bad judgment and domestic violence issues. In her statement, Pressley alluded to the incidents, but sought to focus on domestic violence prevention.
The statement is available below in full. Read more
Jul. 12, 2012
James W. Hunt III, Mayor Thomas Menino’s chief of environment and energy, is stepping down at the end of July. The Dorchester native, who first took the job in 2005 and is expected to remain a personal adviser to Menino, will be looking at private sector opportunities.
“Jim Hunt helped chart the course for making our city a model 21st Century sustainable city,” Menino said in a statement. “He helped build greener buildings and better neighborhoods, attract new companies and create good green jobs, and has simply improved people’s lives. While his leadership will be missed in city government, I know he will continue to do great things for the City of Boston.” Read more
Jul. 12, 2012
Not so long ago, there was a drab patch of city park land – a little over two acres’ worth – sitting two streets west of St. Mark’s Church where generations of young local athletes (and small-change poker players) spent their free time in a loosey-goosey sort of camaraderie. Read more
The statement, read aloud by Katherine Gonzalves at the law offices of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP, is available below in its entirety and as prepared for delivery. She was joined by her mother and two of her attorneys.
Statement of Katherine Gonzalves Read more
Meetinghouse Hill resident Nanci Conklin Lawton is considering a run against embattled state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.
The Democrat has worked at the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development for the last 13 years. She has also worked as a State House aide and served as a past president of Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association.
“It’s not the time to have a legislator have a mug shot,” Conklin Lawton said. Read more