Friday, April 19, 2013
The state Senate’s transportation bill includes a provision to generate income by way of subway station naming rights sales, and voted against an amendment proposed by state Sen. Mike Rush.
AT&T Station, Verizon Crossing and Bank of America Station. What if these station names replaced some of Boston's transit stations. Or what if it were the Dunkin' Donuts Commuter Rail Station? In passing the state Senate’s $800 million transportation package, lawmakers approved an amendment that could lead to sale of naming rights for MBTA subway and commuter rail stations, according to MyFoxBoston.com. “While I am disappointed my proposed amendment was not adopted, which aimed to postpone an increase in the gas tax until a full review of the MBTA had been conducted, I realized that inaction was not an option,” said state Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk. “Many of my constituents in the Norfolk and Suffolk district rely on public …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
There are 124 service-disabled veteran-owned businesses certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs located in Massachusetts.
State Sen. Mike Rush recently joined Governor Deval Patrick during the signing of an executive order to help small businesses owned by disabled veterans increase access to contracts for public projects in the areas of construction, design and goods and services. On March 8, Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray were joined by Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee, Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor, Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, members of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, the Veterans Business Council and other veteran service organizations for the signing, according to a press release. “Massachusetts leads the nation in veterans’ benefits and services,” said Patrick via press release. “…
Saturday, March 9, 2013
How are you celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month - how about the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury?
Did you know that March is officially Irish-American Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? State Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk, also the State House's historian - did know, and mentioned it on his Facebook page. "It is Irish American Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please celebrate appropriately!" wrote state Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk, about March's designation. (And if you're looking for more from Rush sign up for The Rush Report here.) Rush also provided a link to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 6 Section 15FFFF, which states, "The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of March as Irish-American Heritage Month, in recognition of the significant …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Mike Rush is a lieutenant in the US Naval Reserves and served eight months in Iraq in 2011.
US Naval Reserves veteran State Sen. Mike Rush was re-appointed as the chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. Rush served as the Committee Chairman last session, during which he authored the VALOR Act that increased support for veteran-owned businesses, Gold Star families, military children, and higher education access in the Commonwealth for veterans. Rush's seat is now referred to as D-Norfolk/Suffolk, due to district lines changing, was reappinted by state Sen. President Therese Murray, according to a press release. Rush, an Iraq War Veteran, said via press release, “I am honored to serve as Chairman of this important committee. We accomplished a lot during the past …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Coppinger embarks on his second term as a Massachusetts state Representative.
On Wednesday, state Rep. Ed Coppinger was sworn into his second term as the state Rep. for the 10th Suffolk District, representing West Roxbury, Roslindale and Brookline. “I am very grateful to the residents of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Brookline for their strong support this fall and I look forward to being a strong voice for them on Beacon Hill," said Coppinger via press release. Coppinger highlighted his work from his first two years in office. He worked with colleagues to pass two balanced budgets that closed significant revenue gaps without raising taxes, but instead used targeted spending cuts and careful reform. He championed the Legislature reforming the Probation Department, alimony and pension systems. Coppinger also worked…
Friday, December 21, 2012
James Joseph Rush was born on Dec. 19, 2012 - congratulations to the Rush family!
State Sen. Mike Rush's wife, Mary, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, James Joseph Rush, on December 19, 2012. James Joseph was born at 3:10 p.m. in Boston. He weighed 7.15 lbs. The family is all doing well, including James' big sister, Ciara.
Friday, December 14, 2012
In a split-second while driving with a friend, Rush saw a suspect steal a cell phone, and then chased the man until he dropped the phone.
State Sen. Mike Rush and a buddy were able to foil a cellphone robbery on Wednesday night after seeing a man rob a woman on Beacon Hill. "I was driving up Beacon Street and was with a friend of mine. We were at the corner of Beacon and Bowdoin streets. Straight ahead of us we saw an individual snatch something away from a woman and bolt as fast away as he could," said Rush. Rush said it was around 5 p.m., which surprised him of the thief's brazen act on a main Boston way. "We were pursuing him in the vehicle. Then he took a right into a dead end street that abuts the old Granary Burial Ground, we took a right, got out, and I pursued him on foot as my buddy called 911." Rush, a lieutenant in the US Naval Reserves, said the adrenaline of …
Friday, November 16, 2012
One bridge was named after former state Rep. Charles Doyle, and another bridge was named after former state Rep. Francis X. Coppinger.
Two former West Roxbury legislators were honored with bridges being dedicated in their name this past weekend. The bridge going over Bellevue Street near Centre Street was dedicated for former state Rep. Charles Doyle, who served in the House of Representatives from the early 1950s until 1988, when he decided not to run. He passed away in 2009. The bridge going over Park Street near Corey Street, was dedicated in honor of former state Rep. Francis X. Coppinger. Francis X. Coppinger is the father of current state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury. And Coppinger's honor surprised both generations. Ed Coppinger explained how the naming caming about: “Senator Rush is so aware of and so interested in West Roxbury's history. He did a great …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Bellevue Street bridge will be dedicated for former Rep. Charles Doyle; and the Park Street bridge will be dedicated for former Rep. Francis X. Coppinger.
Two bridges in West Roxbury will be dedicated in honor of two former state representatives on Saturday. Former state Rep. Charles Doyle served in the House of Representatives from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. He passed away in 2009. The bridge going over Bellevue Street near Centre Street will be dedicated for Doyle. Through his three decades of public service, Doyle crossed paths with former state Rep. Francis X. Coppinger, who still lives in West Roxbury. The bridge going over Park Street near Corey Street, will be dedicated in honor of Coppinger. Francis X. Coppinger is the father of current state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury. The bridges will be dedicated in a ceremony starting at the Bellevue Street bridge at 1:30 p.m…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Truman Rally will take place the night before the November election and all candidates on the ballot are invited to attend.
Boston's Ward 20 Democratic and Republican Commitees held a Truman Rally Fundraiser on Thursday night at the West Roxbury Pub. The Truman Rally is a Parkway tradition that was restarted last year after several years of absence. Last year's rally took place at the Hastings Street parking lot with several politicians including Mayor Thomas Menino, Stephen Murphy and John Connolly, all taking the stage to present reasons for why residents should vote for them. At Thursday night's fundraiser politicians at the pub included Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-9th; City Councilors Matt O'Malley and Rob Consalvo, as well as state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, and state Sen. Mike Rush, D-Norfolk/Suffolk.