MBTA Board approves $18.5 million for Red Line Winter Resiliency and Infrastructure

BOSTON – The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) today unanimously approved the awarding of a $18.5 million construction contract for the next phase of Red Line Winter Resiliency improvements announced by the Baker-Polito Administration last year, amounting to $30.4 million total for infrastructure upgrades in preparation for the upcoming winter. “These critical investments in the resiliency of the MBTA’s core infrastructure and preparation for severe winter weather allow for upgrades that ensure more reliable service for the over one million daily riders who depend on the system each day,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Fiscal and Management Control … Continue reading

AG Healey announces settlement allowing parent companies of Stop & Shop and Hannaford supermarket chains to merge

BOSTON – Following a review of the proposed merger between Stop & Shop and Hannaford supermarkets, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today the terms of a settlement allowing the companies’ transaction to move forward. The AG’s Office joined attorneys general in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the Federal Trade Commission to complete a national review of the transaction. The proposed merger combines the parent companies of multiple supermarket chains in the United States and Europe. In a settlement, filed in conjunction today with a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia, Ahold and Delhaize … Continue reading

Baker-Polito Administration awards solar energy grants to two university of Massachusetts campuses

BOSTON – July 22, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $650,660 in funding for two solar canopy projects for the Amherst and Lowell campuses of the University of Massachusetts.  The funding, awarded by the Department of Energy Resources’ Leading by Example (LBE) program, will provide $500,000 for a 4.5 MW solar array at two parking lots at UMass Amherst and $150,660 for a 200 kW system at the South Parking Garage of UMass Lowell. “These solar canopies are a prime example of state agencies successfully working together to increase renewable energy while decreasing costs for taxpayers,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Investing … Continue reading

Mayor Walsh announces early voting locations for the November 8 presidential election

BOSTON – Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that Boston’s Board of Election Commissioners unanimously voted on Wednesday in favor of the Election Department’s plan for 27 “one-day” early voting sites (three in each of the city’s nine council districts), in addition to daily early voting at City Hall during the early voting period. “Boston is proud to support early voting, and we have worked hard on a comprehensive plan that will allow many of our residents to vote at a time convenient for their work and family schedule,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whenever we are able to … Continue reading

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and state officials expand addiction program for women at Taunton State Hospital

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, together with state and local officials, officially opened the second phase of the Women’s Recovery from Addictions Program (WRAP) at Taunton State Hospital today adding 30 new beds. The WRAP is the first state-operatedaddiction service program that provides civilly committed women with addictions access to comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, rather than jail time. Continue reading

Baker-Polito administration opens Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail

Continuing a commitment to increase access to the Commonwealth’s state parks system, the Baker-Polito Administration announced today the grand opening of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail. The occasion highlighted an official ribbon cutting of the parkland by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, DCR Commissioner Leo Roy, Perkins School for the Blind President David Power and other stakeholders. Continue reading