Baker-Polito administration announces $3.9 million in grants for land protection projects

BOSTON – November 28, 2016 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced more than $3.9 million in grant awards to 13 communities to protect over 900 acres of land through the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program. The grant program, which is overseen by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Division of Conservation Services (DCS), seeks to address climate change and protect biodiversity within the borders of the Commonwealth.   “Our administration continues to invest in open space and habitat conservation to ensure that individuals and families across the Commonwealth have an opportunity to experience everything … Continue reading

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts elects new president of board of directors

(Westborough, Mass, November 28, 2016) – The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David P. Dwork, Esq. as president of the board of directors. For more than 30 years, Dwork has dedicated his career to traumatic brain injury (TBI) litigation and helped guide brain injury survivors through the complicated legal process of trials and out-of-court settlements. He is a magna cum laude graduate from Boston University Law School and a former Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. Dwork is an accomplished lecturer in civil litigation in addition to being the author of several … Continue reading

Baker-Polito Administration reaches agreement with Transportation Network Companies to begin implementation of nation’s most comprehensive state background checks

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts have entered into agreements with the state, ensuring the immediate implementation of the most stringent ride-for-hire background check system of any state in the country. The agreements were executed individually between the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and Uber and Lyft. The agreements require the companies to begin background checks for all TNC drivers operating within the Commonwealth by January 6, 2017, and guarantees that every TNC driver in the Commonwealth will have passed the state background check no later than April 3, 2017. “The safety … Continue reading

Citizens Bank awards St. Francis House $50,000

BOSTON – November 29, 2016 –Citizens Bank has awarded St. Francis House with a $50,000 gift to support their basic services, counseling and supportive housing initiatives as a low-barrier shelter turning no one away. They presented the check at St. Francis House on #GivingTuesday in conjunction with a volunteer service group to further reinforce the many ways that Citizens Bank gives back in the community. “Sustaining important services for individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness is challenging,” shared Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director, St. Francis House. “Emergency shelters like St. Francis House not only provide supportive services to guests while they are … Continue reading