It has been a busy couple of weeks since officially being sworn in. Ethan and I are getting settled into my office, answering and helping a number of constituents with issues or questions, while attending many meetings with organizations throughout the State.
I am currently researching and submitting legislation for the current session focusing on the needs and priorities of Westfield. I am filing a bill that would increase the chapter 90 money the 351 cities and towns get for roads from the gas and diesel sales tax. Senator Velis and I had a great meeting where he shared his experiences and knowledge about the House of Representatives and we talked about being a unified front in representing Westfield from both
the House and Senate.
I wish life was normal and I could be at the State House building personal relationships with my colleagues to advocate for the City of Westfield, but unfortunately Zoom meetings are the current norm. We have attended numerous meetings with organizations and agencies throughout the State. Thus far, we’ve met with: Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP), Baystate COVID-19 update, Arc – Enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families, Western Massachusetts Network to End Homeless, Zero Waste Project (recycling and waste), Holyoke Soldiers Home Group, and many others.
In addition, I have had conversations with other representatives throughout the state to discuss legislation being filed and to talk about Westfield’s priorities. Other meetings include Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski, where we discussed his budget concerns and the new money that will be available from the COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. Congress in late December. Ethan and I met with Barnes Airport Manager, Christopher
Willenborg, where we received a tour and presentation about airport operations and future plans. I also signed a letter to the Governor that would add funeral home employees to Phase I for vaccinations.
We will continue to attend meetings and answer constituents’ questions or concerns.
Next week Senator Velis and I will be meeting with Mayor Humason to discuss the city’s priorities. On Tuesday (Jan 26th) at 9 AM, Ethan and I will be on Westfield Community Channel 15, and that night the Governor will provide his State of the State Address. There are also meetings scheduled with the leadership at Baystate, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Nursing Association and many others.
Please feel free to reach out to my office at 413-875-8787 from 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. We are located in the Westwood Building on the 3rd floor (94 N Elm St, Suite 301N). You can also email us at: [email protected] or [email protected].
State Representative Kelly Pease