Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Melrose State Rep. Paul Brodeur voted in favor of the $500 million transportation funding bill that passed 97-55 Monday evening.
Melrose State Rep. Paul Brodeur voted in favor of the $500 million transportation funding bill that passed 97-55 Monday evening. Tuesday afternoon, Brodeur said that the current plan is "a work in progress" with considerable differences to be worked out between Governor Patrick and members of the House. Brodeur indicated that "there's been a little bit of hard feelings right now between the House and the Governor," with Patrick having indicated he would veto that version of the bill. "I think it's important to not come away from the table with nothing, and we have some very serious transportation needs," said Brodeur, citing for example the importance of MBTA funding to the Melrose area. "We certainly can't not have a bill." In January, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
State Rep. Paul Brodeur is expected to be available to meet with his constituents at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Milano Senior Center in Melrose.
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Friday, October 26, 2012
Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, accompanied by a few local officials, visited with seniors at the Fuller House in Melrose Thursday morning.
We've all gotten the emails or the phone calls: a Nigerian prince wants to cut you in on a multi-million dollar diamond deal, a Middle Eastern oil company just found out you have stock in their business, or a Chinese textile company shows that you are the new heir to its vast, centuries-old fortune. “If it sounds too good to be true,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, warning a room full of Melrose seniors at the Fuller House Thursday morning, “it probably is” responded Koutoujian and the crowd in unison. Koutoujian was at the elderly care facility to talk about the latest inclusion of his new TRIAD program, an initiative he spearheads aimed at helping seniors avoid being scammed over the phone, online and through the mail. The …
State Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) recently participated at a forum on third grade reading proficiency sponsored by Strategies for Children and its Early Education for All campaign.
State Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) recently participated in a forum on third grade reading proficiency sponsored by Strategies for Children and its Early Education for All campaign, according to a press statement. The event, which took place at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, highlighted the importance of developing early literacy skills to future academic and career success, according to the statement. The event also celebrated passage of "An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency," a bill sponsored by Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and State Rep. Marty Walz (D-Boston), according to the statement. Brodeur stressed the success of early learning programs in his district and commended advocates for recognizing parents as …
Monday, October 15, 2012
He'll be holding office hours at the Milano Senior Center from 12-1 p.m. today.
Check out the Five Things column for Monday, Oct. 15.
1. Meet your State Rep.: State Rep. Paul Brodeur is hosting office hours at noon on Monday at the Milano Senior Center. 2. Warm day: Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s during the day and lows in the upper 40s at night, according to the forecast for Melrose on the National Weather Service website. There is also a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. 3. New recipe: Looking for something new to cook up? Give Sheila Duggan Chabot's recipe for sweet and sour meatballs a try. 4. Traffic updates: Want traffic updates or gas prices in the Stoneham region? Take a gander at our Commute section. 5. Advertise on Patch: Interested in advertising on Melrose Patch? Contact Ad Manager Joseph Mastrorio at Joseph.…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Patrick calls the bill "a good start."
Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday ended speculation that he might kill the mandatory sentencing bill he had objected to but the Legislature supported. Calling the bill "a good start," Patrick said he would sign it but wants to see changes made to it in the next legislative session. "I still believe there is a necessary role for judicial discretion when it comes to sentencing and many of the advocates of this bill have pledged to support that next year," he wrote on his website Tuesday. "The Senate President and the Speaker have pledged to return to the subject of mandatory minimum sentencing early in the next session. I take them at their word." As it stands, the so-called "three strikes" bill, also dubbed "Melissa's Law" after a Jamaica Plain…
After Tuesday, the House and Senate will not have an opportunity to override any veto.
Although the legislative session ends Tuesday at midnight, Gov. Deval Patrick has 10 days to sign any bills that land on his desk. But anything he vetoes cannot be overridden since the Legislature will have adjourned. Perhaps the most-watched bill in this scenario is the mandatory sentencing bill, also called the "three-strikes" law or "Melissa's Bill," over which the governor and Legislature have locked horns. The bill eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of one of 40 or so violent crimes, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. Melrose's state legislators, Sen. Katherine Clark and Rep. Paul Brodeur, both previously voted in favor of the bill before it was sent to the governor's desk…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The bill both aims to ensure violent criminals stay behind bars while easing prison overcrowding by reducing drug-offense penalties.
A bill that toughens sentences for violent repeat-offenders passed the Senate last Thursday after having been approved overwhelmingly in the House Wednesday evening. The so-called "three-strikes" law eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of a violent crime, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. It passed the House with a vote of 139-14. In the Senate, it passed 31-7. The movement to pass the law was fueled, in part, by outrage over two crimes. In one, Woburn police officer Jack Maguire was murdered by a felon. In the other crime more associated with the law, sometimes dubbed "Melissa's Law," 27-year-old Jamaica Plain schoolteacher Melissa Gosule was murdered in 1999 after being raped …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Melrose's state legislators, Sen. Katherine Clark and Rep. Paul Brodeur, don't have any challengers in their 2012 re-election campaigns.
Editor's note: This article was corrected at 11:35 a.m. on Thursday by adding the Winchester Wards now included in the 5th Middlesex Senate district. While the presidential campaign between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney will heat up this year, the 2012 election will be a little sleepier on the Melrose front. Neither Sen. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, nor Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, the city's representatives in the state Senate and House respectively, will face a challenger in this fall's election on Nov. 6, 2012. Would-be candidates for district and county offices, which includes the state Legislature, had until the end of the day on May 1 to submit nomination papers to local election …