Press Releases

Ross Announces Grants for State Parks – Natick and Wayland receive funds for rail trail and Lake Cochituate

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce the awarding of three grants to benefit conservation and recreation projects. The towns of Natick and Wayland will receive $96,000 to support three initiatives including, the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail – Wayside Bridge and the Cochituate State Park. These grants come from a fund under the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).


The Town of Wayland will use the $60,000 DCR grant to develop final rehabilitation plans and permits for bridges along the Mass Central Rail Trail – Wayside Bridge (MCRT). This project will allow for easier pedestrian access and passage along MCRT. Additionally, Wayland will be investing $12,000 in the development of anti-pollution measures in Lake Cochituate as required by the United States Environmental Protection Association and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


The Town of Natick, through the Natick Conservation Commission, will receive funds to research and identify watersheds along the shores of Lake Cochituate. Identifying watersheds will reveal the geographic areas where the lake is most vulnerable to pollution. Unveiling watersheds paves the way for pre-emptive action against pollution of the lake and surrounding areas.


“Increasing transportation and recreational opportunities for the commonwealth has always been a priority of mine. I am pleased to see these funds go towards implementing significant improvements to local recreational spaces,” said Senator Ross.


DCR Partnership Matching Funds Program awarded funding for projects in:


Municipality                Grant

Natick                        $24,000

Wayland                      $72,000


The funds for this program stem from the DCR Department of Conservation Recreation Partnership Matching Funds Program as allocated in the FY18 budget, which was supported by Senator Ross. This program matches the contributions of municipalities, non-profits and conservation advocacy groups. Senator Ross has been a long standing supporter of environmental conservation efforts. Most recently, Ross co-sponsored legislation to protect endangered species, limit the use of harmful chemicals, and promote critical ecosystems.



Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or



Senator Ross Announces Spring 2018 Internship Opportunities

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) would like to announce that internships in his State House office are currently available for college students for the spring 2018 semester. All interested students are encouraged to apply.


“State House legislative interns are given a unique opportunity to learn about the lawmaking process and the workings of state government. Ideal candidates are motivated individuals who are eager to learn and grow professionally,” said Senator Ross.


Intern duties include drafting correspondence with constituents and press materials, gathering news clips, legislative research and general administrative tasks. Internships are unpaid, but present a chance to learn about state government firsthand. Senator Ross and his staff will work with students to gain credit where applicable.


It is important to note that preference will be given to candidates from Senator Ross’ district, which includes Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to


Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or email



Senator Ross has Perfect Voting Record in 2017 – Marking Six Years of Perfect Attendance

Boston – Senator Richard Ross was recently recognized by Beacon Hill Roll Call for his 100% voting attendance record in the Massachusetts Senate in 2017. This marks the sixth year in a row Senator Ross has received a perfect attendance record.


“It is my honor and privilege to represent the people of the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District on Beacon Hill and by doing so that means casting votes on their behalf,” said Senator Ross. “In 2018 the Senate will continue to tackle many issues my constituents care about and I can assure them that I will be there for each and every vote and ensure their voices are heard loud and clear.”


In 2017 the Senate held 313 roll call votes on legislation pertaining to the FY18 budget, opioid epidemic, public safety, elderly affairs, veterans, among others.


“Roll call votes are one of the primary and crucial ways that Senators protect and represent the interests of their constituents, and often they involve critical issues where every vote makes a difference. Senator Ross undoubtedly understands that, and his 100% voting record reflects his commitment not only to those he represents, but also to the prosperity and future of our state,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester).  “Senator Ross is prepared to capture every opportunity when an issue and a vote arise, by understanding the complexity and impact of each one.  I truly appreciate his substantial contributions to the Senate, and the significant achievements his perfect voting record represents.”


Throughout December the Senate is continuing to hold informal sessions to advance bills that do not require debate or roll call votes. The Senate will return to formal sessions in January of 2018.


Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or