Monthly Archives: November 2010

Weekly Political Report – Week Ending November 5, 2010

Week Ending November 5, 2010

With an extremely strong night for Republicans nationally on Election Day, Massachusetts was one of the few bright spots for Democrats in the country. In addition to the Governor’s race, Democrats emerged victorious in the campaigns for State Treasurer, State Auditor, Attorney General and Secretary of State. All nine incumbent Democratic Congressmen were re-elected and Democrats won the single open Congressional seat for the 10th district. Democrats also maintained their large majorities in the State Legislature; gaining one seat in the Senate (now 36 -4) and losing at least 15 seats in the House once all races are finalized (likely 130 – 30).


In the Governor’s race, Governor Deval Patrick and his running mate, Lt. Governor Tim Murray were re-elected by a 7 point margin. Republican Charlie Baker emerged with 42% and Independent Tim Cahill received 8%. Green/Rainbow party candidate Jill Stein received less than 1.5% of the vote. Some are attributing Charlie Baker’s loss in part to his failure to get support from unenrolled voters and women, while others are pointing to the effectiveness of the Patrick/Murray GOTV operation in getting supporters to the polls. In the race to replace retiring state Auditor Joseph DeNucci, former Patrick Administration Secretary Suzanne Bump beat former CFO of the state lottery Mary Connaughton by the smallest margins of the night, 49% to 46%. Treasurer-elect Steve Grossman beat former state Representative Karyn Polito 55% to 45%. Both Attorney General Martha Coakley and Secretary of State Bill Galvin were re-elected by very comfortable margins (63% to 37% for AG and 65% to 33% for SoS).


In the state legislature, Democrats maintained a veto-proof majority in both the House and the Senate for the upcoming 2011-12 Legislative Session. However, there will be many new faces in both chambers as there were 8 open seats in the Senate and 27 open seats in the House.  In addition, at least 12 incumbent Democrats lost their seats in the House (with one further race pending a recount). In the Senate, the Democrats picked up all eight open seats to increase their majority by one seat, 36-4.  In the House, Republicans won four open seats formerly held by Democrats and increased their numbers in the House, though still a clear minority with 31 or 32 members of the 160 seat body.


After he was re-elected, the Governor on Thursday refreshed his call for the Legislature to reconvene before the end of the calendar year and pass the expanded gaming legislation that is still before them. Despite the politics surrounding the debate over expanding gaming earlier in the year, Governor Patrick this week said that a bill authorizing three destination resorts, that he and the Legislature agreed on, should be enacted and that any other differences could be saved for another day.


On Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue released the tax collection figures for the month of October.  The state collected $209 million more than expected and now has collected $430 million more than benchmarked over the first four months of FY2011.  Governor Patrick stated that he is optimistic that this represents the beginning of a trend and Massachusetts’ tax revenues will continue to increase – showing signs of a true economic recovery here.


The Massachusetts Association of Realtors released statistics this week which showed a dramatic decrease in pending single family home and condo sales for the month of October. Purchase and sales agreements in October were down 22%. Massachusetts Association of Realtors President Kevin Sears predicted that based on the slight increase in pending home sales from September to October, prices for homes could continue to go down resulting in the number of home sales going up.



John Nunnari, Assoc AIA
BSA/AIA MA Public Policy Director
617-951-1433 x263
617-951-0845 (fax)

Boston Society of Architects/AIA

Lyme disease study committee to meet state biologist in January

State wildlife biologist announced today she is too busy to meet with Lyme disease study committee until January, after hunting season ends

Green Street traffic, parking, and repair issues

From: Osler L. Peterson []
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 09:39
To:; Ken Feeney
Cc: Michael Sullivan; Kristine Trierweiler
Subject: Green Street query from Dan Bibel

Ken and Bob,

The query below came to me via FaceBook – you can reply via the contact info
below or FB.  BTW, at the Massachusetts Municipal Association meeting I
attended last night I learned that the town of Easton has a town FB account
to share town info and also sends out an informational email each week.

Can you let Dan know the real answers at which I have only tired to guess.
Daniel Bibel
Massachusetts State Police
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Work   508-820-2111
Home  508-359-8148

Dan Bibel November 4 at 9:12am Report
Hi Pete — what are the chances that one or all of these things might happen
on Green Street in the near term:
– real sidewalks
– painted lane lines
– parking ban
– posted speed limit

It is a very busy street, and I think unsafe for pedestrians

I know that Green Street upgrades are constantly mentioned as being planned
and awaiting funding, via the state Chap. 90 monies.  I will forward your
query to the Chief and Ken Feeney and they can give you the details.  A
sidewalk to Hinkley Pond is part of that plan.

Speeding is a real problem and a dilemma.  Christian Donner has on-line
results from his radar gun on Green Street, and the numbers are not pretty.
Speed limits can legally only be set at the speed below which 80% of the
current drivers actually drive, and those speeds can be higher than we want.
That leaves one to use the thickly settled 35 MPH speed limit as the

I do not know anything about the line painting or parking ban issues, and
will let the Chief address those.  I believe the Board of Selectmen could
ban parking, if it was desired.  When I lived in Newton, parking was
prohibited in front of my own house, and I know I did not always like that



Osler L. Peterson, Attorney at Law
580 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458 – 617.969.1500
66 North St, PO Box 358, Medfield, MA 02052 – 508.359.9190
T 617.969.1501
M 617.413.8977
F 617.663.6008
Medfield Information: &


Dan and everyone else:

Yes, the Green Street project is on the boards but I will let Ken comment on
its status. As for my part I will have Off. O’Neil put the radar recording
device on one of the NSTAR poles in the area to collect data. We did a speed
and volume survey on Green Street by the Hinkley Swim Pond in August of 2009
because I wanted to see if there were issues there. I came up with an 85%
speed of 34 MPH with the overall average speed being 28 MPH.

I’ll place the recorder on a pole between Brook and North to see what I get

As for the lines; I was hoping to paint crosswalks by Brook and Green,
however after some other crosswalk requests that were looked at by a traffic
engineer, I began to have second thoughts. One of the reasons I did
reconsider was because of the fact that the sidewalks are not well defined
and could I even paint a crosswalk there from a legal/liability point of
view. The other related issue is that I have spent the line painting budget
for the year. I have money to paint the lines once each year and I’ll have
no more money for painting until next July. I am going to ask the Warrant
Committee for an increase for the next fiscal year but that doesn’t help

As for a parking ban, the Board of Selectmen can do that but as Pete
mentioned that includes everyone and can be the classic double edged sword.
It may actually become necessary depending upon how wide the road ends up
being when the reconstruction is done. As part of the reconstruction the
other issue that has been brought up by the neighborhood is a 3 way stop at
Brook and Green. This would clearly be another controversial issue but may
be appropriate.

Chief REM

Mass Municipal Assoc Update 11/3/10

Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) –

Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association – Regional Update Meeting
11/3/10, Canton
About 30 area selectmen attended a Mass Selectmen’s Association meeting in Canton last night to get an update of MMA News:

1.   FY12 is expected to be the worst budget year ever for the state and the towns

  • one time Federal education stimulus monies came out in August 2010
  • encourage schools to not spend it all in one year, because it is only one time monies
  • State had a $2 b. budget gap before the election, and with the roll back of the sales tax on alcohol it is now a $2.1 b. budget gap
  • No way that state budget gap can be closed without cuts to local aid
  • Local aid cuts mean losses of municipal jobs: teachers, police, firefighters,  DPW
  • State cuts might be on the order of 5% for schools and 10% for town

2.    MMA priorities

  • Doubling Chap. 90 highway monies, in order to preserve infrastructure and to keep jobs
  • Health care plan design reforms – allow towns to change plan terms without having to collectively bargain each change, because it will save municipal jobs, because it will save money – allows towns to change health plans just the same as private employers and the state already can – 4-6% savings if towns get same controls state and business already have to design plans

3.    Regional services

  • Dispatch for all of Barnstable County
  • State has planning monies available to implement

4.    Open Meeting Law regulations were published by the AG on 10/1/10

Massachusetts Election Results – from John Nunnari

Election Day 2010 came to a close last night after one of the most expensive and competitive election seasons in recent memory. The state saw contested races for

Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer and Auditor; several close and seriously contested Congressional races, races for thirty-five open seats in the Legislature and many

competitive races among legislative candidates.


Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor Tim Murray were reelected with 49% of the vote. Republican Charlie Baker received 42% and Independent Tim Cahill trailed at 8%.

Both Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) and Secretary of State William Galvin (D) were comfortably reelected with large margins. Massachusetts will have a new Treasurer

and Auditor as both were open seats (Treasurer Tim Cahill ran for Governor as an independent and Auditor Joe DeNucci (D) is retiring after serving as Auditor for twenty four

years), with Steve Grossman (D) winning the Treasurer’s seat. Susan Bump (D) defeated Republican candidate Mary Connaughton by a narrow margin in the Auditor’s



The Congressional delegation will remain entirely Democratic with all incumbents beating challengers, the closest race being in the tenth Congressional District, an open

seat following the retirement of Congressman Bill Delahunt (D). Democrat Bill Keating, the Norfolk County District Attorney, narrowly defeated Republican State Representative

Jeff Perry in a very hotly contested race.


The makeup of the Massachusetts Legislature will not materially change for the upcoming 2011-2012 Legislative Session as Democrats will retain an overwhelming,

veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. There was a total of eighty contested races, the most since 1990, including thirty-five open seats—eight in the Senate and

twenty-seven in the House. At least six incumbent Democrats lost their seats in the House and Republicans stand to double their House membership from fifteen to thirty after

several close races are called.


In the Senate, Democrats had a clean sweep with all incumbent Senators running for reelection winning, and Democrats picking up all eight open seats to increase their

majority by one seat to 36-4. Democrats claimed the seat vacated by Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor.

Voters faced three ballot questions statewide and narrowly approved only Question 1, which repeals a new sales tax on alcohol purchases. The other two— repealing the

state’s affordable housing law and reducing the statewide sales tax from 6.25% to 3%— were both soundly rejected by voters.


Statewide Election Results


Patrick/Murray (D): 49%

Baker/Tisei (R): 42%

Cahill (I): 8%

Stein/Purcell (G): 1%


Grossman (D): 55%

Polito (R): 45%


Bump (D): 49%

Connaughton (R): 46%

Fortune (G): 5%

Attorney General

Coakley (D): 63%

McKenna (R): 37%

Secretary of State

Galvin (D): 65%

Campbell (R): 33%

Henderson (U): 3%


The Eight Open Senate Seats

First Bristol and Plymouth

Outgoing Senator: Joan Menard (D-Fall River).

District: Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Lakeville and Rochester.

Senator Elect: Democrat Michael Rodrigues, a seven-term member of the House of

Representatives who headed the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional



Cape and Islands

Outgoing Senator: Robert O’Leary (D-Barnstable) – Ran and lost in the Democratic

primary for the 10th Congressional District.

District: Ten precincts of Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich,

Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, Aquinnah, Chilmark,

Edgartown, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury and Nantucket.

Senator Elect: Democrat Daniel Wolf, a Harwich resident, pilot and founder of Cape Air



Second Essex and Middlesex

Outgoing Senator: Susan Tucker (D-Andover).

District: Lawrence, Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury.

Senator Elect: Democrat Barry Finegold, an Andover attorney, seven-term member of

the House and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and

Energy Committee.



Outgoing Senator: Stephen Buoniconti (D-West Springfield) – Candidate for Hampden

County district attorney.

District: Portions of three wards of Chicopee, portions of five wards of Springfield,

Agawam and West Springfield.

Senator Elect: Democrat James Welch, a three-term House member from West

Springfield who is vice chair of the Committee on Bills in Third Reading.


First Middlesex

Outgoing Senator: Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell), Chairman of Senate Ways and


District: Lowell, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough and Westford.

Senator Elect: Democrat Eileen Donoghue, an attorney, former Lowell mayor and

onetime candidate for Congress.


Middlesex and Essex

Outgoing Senator: Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) – Candidate for Lt. Governor.

District: Malden, five wards of Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Lynnfield.

Senator Elect: Democrat Katherine Clark, an attorney and a second-term member of the

House from Melrose who served six years on the Melrose School Committee.


Norfolk and Plymouth

Outgoing Senator: Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy) – Candidate for Norfolk County

district attorney.

District: Quincy, eight precincts of Braintree, Holbrook, Abington and Rockland.

Senator Elect: Democrat John Keenan, a Quincy resident and attorney who worked as a

public defender, litigator and insurance fraud attorney and who has served as an at-large

Quincy City Councilor for four terms.



Outgoing Senator: Marian Walsh (D-West Roxbury).

District: Portions of three wards of Boston, Dedham, Norwood and Westwood.

Senator Elect: Democrat Michael Rush, a four-term member of the House from West

Roxbury, a history teacher and a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.


The Twenty-Seven Open House Seats

Fifth Barnstable

Outgoing Representative: Jeffrey Perry (R-Sandwich) – Candidate for Congress in the

10th Congressional District.

District: Three precincts of Barnstable, one precinct of Bourne, two precincts of

Mashpee and the town of Sandwich.

Representative Elect: Republican Randy Hunt, a Sandwich resident, certified accountant

and two-term member of the Sandwich Board of Selectmen.


First Berkshire

Outgoing Representative: Daniel Bosley (D-North Adams).

District: The towns of Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown,

Charlemont, Hawley, Heath, Monroe and Rowe.

Representative Elect: Democrat Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams, a twenty-year City



Second Berkshire

Outgoing Representative: Denis Guyer (D-Dalton).

District: The towns of Becket, Cheshire, Dalton, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough,

New Ashford, Peru, Richmond, Washington, Windsor, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland,

Colrain, Leyden, Northfield and Shelburne, Cummington, Middlefield and Plainfield, and

a precinct of the City of Pittsfield.

Representative Elect: Democrat Paul Mark, a Hancock resident, attorney and member of

the IBEW.


Eight Bristol

Outgoing Representative: Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) – Candidate for the State


District: Portions of five wards of Fall River and the town of Westport.

Representative Elect: Democrat Paul Schmid, a Westport resident and member of the

Westport Board of Selectmen.


Ninth Bristol

Outgoing Representative: John Quinn (D-Dartmouth) – Candidate for Bristol County


District: The town of Dartmouth, a precinct of Freetown, a ward of New Bedford and a

precinct of Lakeville.

Representative Elect: Democrat Christopher Markey, a Dartmouth resident and attorney

who runs a law office in New Bedford.


Sixth Essex

Outgoing Representative: Mary Grant (D-Beverly).

District: The City of Beverly.

Representative Elect: Democrat Jerald Parisella, an attorney and assistant city solicitor

for Salem.


Seventeenth Essex

Outgoing Representative: Barry Finegold (D-Andover) – Candidate for the State


District: Six precincts of Andover, portions of two wards of Lawrence and two precincts

of Tewksbury.

Representative Elect: Republican Paul Adams, an Andover resident and longtime

Republican political and policy consultant.


Second Franklin

Outgoing Representative: Christopher Donelan (D-Orange) – Candidate for Franklin

County sheriff.

District: The towns of Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Orange, Warwick and Athol.

Representative Elect: Democrat Denise Andrews of Orange, a business consultant and

twenty-five year employee of Procter and Gamble and member of the Governor’s

Advisory Council for Non-Discrimination.


Sixth Hampden

Outgoing Representative: James Welch (D-Springfield) – Candidate for the State


District: Portions of three wards of Chicopee, a precinct of Springfield and the town of

West Springfield.

Representative Elect: Democrat Michael Finn, a West Springfield resident and president

of the town council.


First Middlesex

Outgoing Representative: Robert Hargraves (R-Groton)

District: The towns of Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell and Townsend.

Representative Elect: Republican Sheila Harrington, a Groton attorney focusing on

family law, real estate, workers’ compensation and personal injury.


Sixth Middlesex

Outgoing Representative: Pam Richardson (D-Framingham) – Lost in a reelection


District: Eleven precincts of Framingham.

Representative Elect: Democrat Chris Walsh, a Framingham resident and architect.


Twenty-Second Middlesex

Outgoing Representative: William Greene (D-Billerica)

District: The town of Billerica.

Representative Elect: Republican Marc Lombardo of Billerica, a sales account manager

for Saba Software and a member of the Board of Selectmen since 2005.


Thirty-Second Middlesex

Outgoing Representative: Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) – Candidate for the State


District: The City of Melrose and four precincts of the town of Wakefield.

Representative Elect: Democrat Paul Brodeur of Melrose, an attorney for the Executive

Office of Elder Affairs, the president of Melrose’s Board of Aldermen since 2004 and a

former prosecutor.


Second Norfolk

Outgoing Representative: Stephen Tobin (D-Quincy) – Ran and lost in a State Senate


District: Portions of four wards of Quincy.

Representative Elect: Democrat Tackey Chan of Quincy, a former aide to Sen. Michael

Morrissey and assistant attorney general in Martha Coakley’s office of ratepayer



Fifth Norfolk

Outgoing Representative: Joseph Driscoll (D-Braintree) – Ran and lost in the primary

for Norfolk County district attorney.

District: The town of Braintree, a precinct of Holbrook and a precinct of Randolph.

Representative Elect: Democrat Mark Cusack, a Braintree resident and aide to Mayor

Joseph Sullivan.


Ninth Norfolk

Seat Last Held By: Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) – Holds the Norfolk, Bristol and

Middlesex Senate seat that he won in a special election earlier this year.

District: Two precincts of Medfield, one precinct of Millis, the towns of Norfolk and

Plainville, a precinct of Walpole and the town of Wrentham.

Representative Elect: Republican Daniel Winslow, a Norfolk resident and former

Romney administration legal counsel from 2002 to 2005 and district court judge from



Thirteenth Norfolk

Outgoing Representative: Lida Harkins (D-Needham).

District: The town of Dover, two precincts of Medfield and the town of Needham.

Representative Elect: Democrat Denise Garlick, a Needham resident, registered nurse

and vice chair of the Needham Board of Selectmen.


Fifth Plymouth

Seat Last Held By: Robert Nyman (D-Hanover) – Passed away in June 2010.

District: The towns of Hanover, Norwell and Rockland

Representative Elect: Democrat Rhonda Nyman, wife of the late Bob Nyman and CFO

of Triangle Engineering for the past twenty-three years.


Eight Plymouth

Outgoing Representative: David Flynn (D-Bridgewater).

District: The towns of Easton, Raynham and Bridgewater.

Representative Elect: Republican Angelo D’Emilia, a Bridgewater resident and owner of

a contracting company he founded in 1987.


Fourth Suffolk

Outgoing Representative: Brian Wallace (D-South Boston).

District: Portions of five wards in the City of Boston

Representative Elect: Democrat Nicholas Collins, aide to Sen. Jack Hart and aide to Joe

Biden’s presidential campaign in 2008.


Fifth Suffolk

Seat Last Held By: Marie St. Fleur (D-Boston) – Took a post with the Menino

administration in Boston.

District: Portions of seven wards in the City of Boston.

Representative Elect: Democrat Carlos Henriquez, a youth worker and previous city

council candidate.


Sixth Suffolk

Outgoing Representative: Willie Mae Allen (D-Boston)

District: Portions of four wards in the City of Boston.

Representative Elect: Democrat Russell Holmes, a mechanical engineer with a

Northeastern University MBA who works for a robotics manufacturer.


Tenth Suffolk

Outgoing Representative: Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury) – Candidate for the State


District: Three precincts in the town of Brookline and the Boston neighborhoods of West

Roxbury and Roslindale.

Representative Elect: Democrat Ed Coppinger, a mortgage loan officer.


First Worcester

Outgoing Representative: Lew Evangelidis (R-Holden) – Candidate for Worcester

County sheriff.

District: The towns of Holden, Princeton, Rutland, Westminster, and a precinct of


Representative Elect: Republican Kimberly Ferguson, of Holden and a Speech

pathologist who teaches at Framingham State College.


Second Worcester

Outgoing Representative: Robert Rice (D-Gardner).

District: The town of Ashby, the City of Gardner and the towns of Ashburnham,

Royalston and Winchendon.

Representative Elect: Republican Richard Bastien of Gardner, a retail store manager and

former Navy serviceman.


Eleventh Worcester

Outgoing Representative: Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury) – Candidate for State


District: The town of Shrewsbury and two precincts of Westborough.

Representative Elect: Republican Matthew Beaton, a Shrewsbury engineer and owner of

a construction company.


Thirteenth Worcester

Outgoing Representative: Robert Spellane (D-Worcester)

District: The town of Paxton and portions of three wards of Worcester.

Representative Elect: Democrat John Mahoney, a local business owner.




John Nunnari, Assoc AIA
BSA/AIA MA Public Policy Director
617-951-1433 x263
617-951-0845 (fax)

Medfield State Hospital root cellar collapsed

I was just advised by a call from Mike Sullivan and Ken Feeney that the DPW today collapsed the old Medfield State Hospital root cellar, which was in a hill behind John and Laurie Nealon’s house on Copperwood Road and off the furthest in of the two softball field at McCarthy Park.  The root cellar was apparently a 30’x20′ underground room, which had fieldstone walls that were cemented in place and a concrete roof, which was supported on RR rails that were held up by four brick columns that each measured 2’x2′.

Bobby Kennedy, Sr recalled that when the two softball fields were originally built, that the wooden door to the root cellar had been removed and they placed boulders against the opening to block the doorway.  Recently, an opening at the doorway had been created large enough to allow a person to slip through, so for safety purposes the root cellar was collapsed.

Another piece of Medfield State Hospital history ended, and as a neighbor of the area I thought you would like to know what was going on.

Lyme disease study committee to meet 11/18/10

Lyme disease study committee’s meeting with state wildlife biologist expert has been changed from 11/1010 to 11/18/10.  It will probably be an evening meeting at Town House.