Somerville Speakup Line:Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang’s Reply to Regarding Published Misinformation Regarding Demolition Review

Dear Dr. Rizkallah (cc: Somerville News Weekly. Attorney Joel Rosen, Zone Smart Somerville),

My apologies for not getting back to you in response to your claims on the Demolition Review Ordinance, most of which I think are wildly overblown and simply inaccurate.   Continue reading Somerville Speakup Line:Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang’s Reply to Regarding Published Misinformation Regarding Demolition Review

State Auditor Suzanne Bump: DCAMM is a “Poor Steward of Earth and Taxpayer Dollars”

Audit Shows Inadequate Recycling Practices Could be Wasting Taxpayer Dollars

BOSTON, MA —The Executive branch agency charged with management of properties owned and leased by the Commonwealth is not ensuring solid waste recycling takes place in those buildings, despite an executive order to do so, according to an audit released today by State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump. Continue reading State Auditor Suzanne Bump: DCAMM is a “Poor Steward of Earth and Taxpayer Dollars”

SENATE APPROVES TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING FOR STATE PRIMARY ELECTIONS

By Bob Katzen

Senate 35-3, approved an amendment allowing early voting for five days before the Sept. 4 primary election between Aug. 27 through Aug. 31. Early voting was first used in the Nov. 2016 election but current state law only allows early voting for the November General Elections, not the primaries.

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HOUSE APPROVES TO INDEFINITELY DELAY CUTTING OFF LOCAL AID TO SANCTUARY CITIES

By Bob Katzen

House 136-19, approved an amendment that would cut off local aid to sanctuary cities but delay the cutoff until the Office of Public Safety furnishes a study of the cutoff’s impact on the public safety of the state, cities and towns. The amendment is essentially meaningless because as in past years, the study will never be done, and it is just a way to kill the cutoff without having a direct vote on the cutoff itself.

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HOUSE REJECTS TO HOLD DETAINED IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT A WARRANT

By Bob Katzen

The House 10-145 rejected an amendment that would allow state and local law enforcement agencies to arrest and hold a person without a warrant if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an immigration detainer on that person. The amendment was proposed in response to a July 2017 ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that ruled local law enforcement could not assist federal immigration agents in enforcing federal civil enforcement immigration detainers.

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