Record Funding for Stoneham and Winchester in the FY17 House Budget

Recently, my colleagues and I passed the House budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17). I am thrilled to share that this budget includes record funding for our district!

I thank my colleagues in the House for supporting my efforts to pass these appropriations for Stoneham and Winchester. With their support, I won approval for the funding of specific projects that would benefit us directly.

I successfully secured a direct appropriation of $50,000 for the town of Winchester; this funding would enable the town to build on work it has recently undertaken to revitalize and reshape Winchester’s historic town center by studying, planning and designing the restoration of the Aberjona Riverbank, which includes Mill Pond and Wedge Pond. Winchester residents have committed a considerable amount of their own resources and tax dollars towards efforts to mitigate flooding, remediate environmental contamination and re-zone the downtown area in order to bring greater economic development and recreational opportunities to our community.  This $50,000 in funds will help to catapult the process to the next level.

In addition, I carried an amendment that would provide Stoneham with $15,000 in funds dedicated to modernizing the Stoneham Fire Department’s sanitizing equipment, and a separate $9,000 that will enable the town to utilize a matching grant to complete restoration on the Town Hall’s historic organ.

In my conversations with Chief Grafton and our firefighters in the Stoneham Fire Department, it became clear to me that their current uniform and equipment sanitizing machines, which are 20 years old, are not properly removing the carcinogens from their gear after fighting fires. This $15,000 for new machinery is essential to address the avoidable, long-term health risks our first responders face.

Separately, $9,000 of approved funding will enable us to complete the restoration of Stoneham Town Hall’s historic town organ by utilizing the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society’s Matching Grant Program. Our Town Hall organ is familiar to all residents who attend Town Meeting. We already know it as one of the best sounding theatre organs in New England, but it has needed maintenance and repair work for some time.  The funds approved in the House Budget would finish repairs on the chamber and main console and remove harmful asbestos from the organ’s mechanics.

Augmenting these specific appropriations, the FY17 House budget includes record levels of local aid funding for both towns—including $3,971,684 in Chapter 70 education funding and $3,573,444 in unrestricted local aid for Stoneham, and $7,924,363 in Chapter 70 education funding, and $1,422,626 in unrestricted local aid for Winchester. 

I am happy with the work we have done in the House budget, particularly with the direct assistance coming back to our community. This budget reflects my commitment to provide our towns with increased state assistance and financial flexibility, and I appreciate the willingness of House leadership to engage and work with me towards that commitment.

Michael Endorsed by MA Teachers Association, Mass Equality, United Healthcare Workers and Many More

We have been very fortunate to receive the endorsements of a variety of groups and individuals in this campaign so far and have been sharing them on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Among the highlights we have announced so far:

  • Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • United Healthcare Workers
  • Mass Equality
  • IBEW Local 2222
  • Winchester Firefighters
  • Stoneham Firefighters
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

Summer & Fall Internship Openings

The race for the 31st Middlesex District is in full swing, and we are currently interviewing qualified candidates for summer and fall internship positions with the campaign.

Do you have a passion for politics? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work on a political campaign? Are you interested in gaining valuable real-world work experience in public service?  Would you like to play a substantive role in electing a progressive democrat to the State House?

If so, we would love to meet you!

Intern Responsibilities:

Never-ending coffee runs? Endless hours at the copy machine? Not here. As an intern for the Mike Day Campaign, you will participate in all aspects of managing a campaign for state representative. This includes:

• Coordination of campaign volunteers for visibility and district canvassing

• Grassroots voter outreach and phone banking

• Maintaining the campaign’s social media accounts

• Database maintenance and micro targeting

• Fundraising and event planning

• Special projects and administrative duties as assigned

Requirements:

A passion for bettering our local communities through public service. A commitment of at least five hours per week to the campaign. No prior campaign experience necessary.

Location:

Mike Day Campaign Headquarters at 632a Main Street in downtown Winchester, and various locations throughout the district – which includes all of Stoneham and Winchester.

To apply:

Please email your resume and a paragraph introducing yourself and explaining why are interested in the internship to the campaign’s Field Director, Patricia Leslie,

at Patricia@electmikeday.com.

 

Campaign Headquarters Opening: Sat., May 31

Please join us and State Senator Jason Lewis as we officially open our headquarters. Bring a friend and help us spread the word about the campaign!
Saturday, May 31st
3:00 PM
632 Main Street, Winchester

For more information, click here.

 

 

Join Us For Our Campaign Kickoff: May 21st, 2014

Join Michael Day for his campaign kickoff!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | 7:00-9:00PM
Bear Hill Golf Club
2 North Street
Stoneham, MA