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Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, and their cabinet officials met last week with newly elected mayors from across the state. The meeting was held both to congratulate each mayor and to reiterate the administration’s commitment to partnering with local leaders to provide the services people value and depend on.

 

"I am so pleased to have these mayors by my side as we fight for the values of the people of the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "In times like these we need a close working partnership to protect our investment in our children's education, preserve local aid for cities and towns and make the tough but responsible decisions necessary to carry us through to a brighter tomorrow. I know that these mayors are up to that challenge."

 

Each election year, the Division of Local Services organizes a meeting between new mayors, mayor-elects and key administration officials. The Governor, Lt. Governor and each cabinet secretary is given the opportunity to brief mayors. It is also an opportunity to meet Director of Municipal Affairs and Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, Robert Nunes, and each other, as well as an opportunity for the mayors to tell the Governor what they see ahead for their communities.

 

Mayor William Martin (Greenfield), and Mayor-elect Richard Cohen (Agawam), Mayor-elect Elaine Pluta (Holyoke), Mayor-elect Donna Holaday (Newburyport), Mayor-elect William Flanagan (Fall River), Mayor-elect  Setti Warren (Newton), Mayor-elect Scott Galvin (Woburn), Mayor-elect Linda Balzotti (Brockton), Mayor-elect Joseph O’Brien (Worcester), Mayor-elect Richard Alcombright (North Adams), Mayor-elect Daniel Knapik  (Westfield), and Mayor-elect Judith Flanagan-Kennedy (Lynn) were able to attend. 

 

Mayors heard first from Secretary of Education, Paul Reville, and Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez. Next, Secretary of Public Safety Kevin Burke and Mark Sylvia, Director of Green Communities, joined the meeting in the Governor’s Council Chamber. Secretary of Transportation Jeff Mullen and Nunes briefed the mayors before the Governor and Lt. Governor stopped in. The meeting closed with a briefing on H1N1 from the Department of Public Health and a discussion of workforce development programs by Secretary of Labor, Suzanne Bump.

 

The Governor thanked both the mayors as well as members of his administration for their dedication to public service despite the imposing fiscal climate.

 

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Mayors met administration officials in the Governor's Council Chambers in the State House.

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Secretary of Transportation, Jeffrey Mullen speaks to the gathered newly elected mayors about transportation issues around the Commonwealth.

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Newly elected Mayor of Newton, Setti Warren, attends the newly elected mayors meeting at the statehouse Tuesday morning. Mayor Warren told the Governor that Newton hopes to be the first Green City in the Commonwealth. 

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Mayor-elect of North Adams, Richard Alcombright, told the Governor he hopes to encourage growth at Mass MOCA as well as growth in other local industries to facilitate economic development in his city.


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Newly elected Mayor of Newburyport, Donna Holaday addresses the Governor. Next to her (right to left) are Mayor-elect Joe O'Brien of Worcester, Mayor-elect Elaine Pluta of Holyoke, and Mayor-elect of Brockton, Linda Balzotti, and Mayor-elect Richard Alcombright of North Adams.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Gordon/Governor's Office
 

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