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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my State Senate website! Here you will find legislative and local updates, important state resources, and information on the ways that my office may be able to assist you. It is a true honor to represent the residents of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate. I encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that are most important to you, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive periodic updates from my Senate office.

 

Sincerely,

Richard J. Ross Signature

Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Ross and Senate Republicans Seek MBTA Reforms in State Budget

May 15, 2015

Boston- State Senator Richard Ross has joined with fellow Senate Republicans in filing several amendments to the Senate’s version of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that would address the many failures at the MBTA, exposed this past winter. The Republican caucus intends to push for the proposals in the $38 billion spending bill to provide the public transportation system with the tools they need to enact meaningful changes to chronic problems impacting communities across the Commonwealth.

“The failure of the MBTA to provide efficient and reliable service throughout the winter months has brought to light years of serious mismanagement and lack of fiscal discipline within the transit system and to not take significant action would be a great disservice to the people of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Richard Ross. “During the budget debates, we will be working hard for our constituents and commuters across the state to pursue reforms necessary to get the MBTA back in working order. It is my hope that we can put the needs of the people we serve before those of any political party or interest group.”

Among the amendments filed are those which would:

  • Establish a five member control board to focus for three to five years on making the MBTA operationally sound and cost-effective,
  • Free the MBTA from prohibitive strictures that prevent innovation and private partnerships and cost savings,
  • Require rigorous performance management standards for procurement of goods and services, and
  • Release the MBTA from the requirement of the Pacheco Law in order to secure greater cost savings.

Governor Baker appointed a special panel to review the MBTA system following the wide-spread interruptions and T closures during the winter.

Budget debate will begin Tuesday morning when the Senate will consider more than 900 proposals to the $38 billion state budget.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Small Business Spotlight: Carpentry by Tom Antonellis, Wayland/Norfolk

Small Business Spotlight: Carpentry by Tom Antonellis, Wayland/Norfolk

May 6, 2015

With Tom Antonellis, of Carpentry by Tom Antonellis.

With Tom Antonellis, of Carpentry by Tom Antonellis.

Celebrating 40 years in business, it was a privilege to visit Carpentry by Tom Antonellis and speak with Tom about the remarkable success of his longstanding small business.

After graduating Waltham Vocational High School in 1975, Tom opened Carpentry by Tom Antonellis which specializes in additions, remodeling, finish work, custom cabinets, decks, siding and much more. Located in Norfolk, previously of Wayland, and with a team of three carpenters including himself, Carpentry by Tom Antonellis is dedicated to providing quality renovations tailored to their clients’ individual specifications and needs.

In addition to his business, Tom is very active in his community, aiming to give back “whatever and wherever he can.” As an Eagle Scout, he has been largely involved in the Wayland Cub Scout Pack 88 for over a decade, Wayland Kiwanis Club, Wayland Middle School Drama Club, and Wayland and Norfolk baseball, among others. He frequently volunteers for Rebuilding Together Boston and even helped rebuild homes in the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, he was presented with the Unsung Hero Award from the town of Wayland for his continued selfless service in his community and across the globe.

Tom’s incredible small business remains so successful after all this time because of the passion and commitment he demonstrates each and every day to his customers and community. As an Eagle Scout, he aims to demonstrate “service and leadership” in every part of his life, and he certainly has achieved that.

For more information on Carpentry by Tom Antonellis, please visit www.carpentrybytomantonellis.com.

If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at richard.ross@masenate.gov.

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Senator Ross Hosts Intern from Natick

April 23, 2015

Senator Richard Ross with Matt Lebowitz of Natick.

Senator Richard Ross with Matt Lebowitz of Natick.

Boston – For the past six months, Senator Richard J. Ross was pleased to have Natick resident Matt Lebowitz intern in his State House office.

Matt Lebowitz grew up in Natick playing sports with the Natick travel soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. He graduated from Brimmer and May High School and currently attends Northeastern University. Matt is expected to graduate next May with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration, hoping to pursue a career in either the fields of business or economics.

“Matt is a very bright individual who always had a keen interest in the daily operations of state government and pertinent legislation,” said Senator Ross. “He was an invaluable asset to the office and his hometown should be very proud of what he has accomplished.”

Throughout the year, Senator Richard J. Ross hosts interns in his State House office from across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. The internship program allows for college students to gain experience working for the General Court and acquire a better understanding of matters impacting their towns and the Commonwealth as a whole.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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