Tim Murray Lieutenant Governor

September 2009 Archives

SouthCoast Today: Patrick administration pushing hard for SouthCoast rail

Jack Spillane Editorial

Gov. Deval Patrick's administration has done more to make the SouthCoast dream of reconnecting to Boston through commuter rail a reality than all the previous four governors combined.

That's a simple, and proveable, fact.

And the two people who've done most of the leg work are Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and Kristina Egan, the manager for the SouthCoast Rail Project.

Read the full editorial.
Lt. Gov. Murray today announced a historic, multi-year rail agreement has been finalized with CSX, paving the way for a historic expansion that will re-define our passenger and freight rail system.

The announcement was made during Lt. Gov. Murray's keynote address before a crowd of approximately 300 business leaders at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs breakfast.

This expansion will result in additional service on the Worcester line, and is another meaningful step forward in our quest to get commuter rail to the New Bedford and Fall River areas. Under the new agreement, CSX will help pay for liability insurance and a deductible of up to $7.5 million per accident if it is at fault.

News Coverage
Boston Herald
Statehouse News
Boston Globe
Boston Business Journal
Lt. Gov. Murray joined state and city officials at Green Hill Park in Worcester today to announce $191,800 in state funding to support the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.

"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a beautiful complex that honors our Massachusetts men and women who gave their lives while defending our beliefs and ideals," said Lt. Gov. Murray. "It is important that we continue to maintain this memorial which pays tribute to our brave veterans."

See a related item and photo in the Worcester Telegram.
Tim recently interviewed Mayor Rob Dolan of Melrose and Mayor Joe Sullivan of Braintree on the topic of regionalization for his monthly cable show: The Commonwealth Report. Watch the episode:

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray represented Massachusetts at the New England Governors' and Eastern Canadian Premiers 33rd Annual Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick Sept. 15.

Murray addressed the conference Tuesday morning and attended numerous sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from energy, to climate change, to jobs, and regional cooperation.

Read more about the conference.

9/11 Observation Ceremony

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Today, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray participated in an observation ceremony on the State House lawn to remember the victims, families, and those who bravely responded to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Following the observation, a flag lowering ceremony was held for Massachusetts 9/11 victims.

Lt. Gov. Murray later posthumously honored Marie Conley, a crossing guard struck and killed while helping a child cross the street, as the recipient of the 8th Annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery. See the release.




On Sept. 9, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, U.S. Sen. John Kerry and members of the public testified in support of the bill to appoint an interim U.S. Senator to temporarily fill the seat left by the passing of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.

During his testimony, Lt. Gov. Murray asked the Joint Committee on Election Laws to pass legislation that would allow the Governor to appoint an interim Senator, who would serve only until the January special election, to ensure we have two people fighting for Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate.

Read the full testimony
Friends:

Please join Lt. Gov. Tim Murray Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. in the State House's Gardner Auditorium to speak out in support of the bill to appoint an interim U.S. Senator until the special election is held in January.

To ensure that your voice is heard, we suggest that you plan to arrive at 11 a.m.

Thousands of our veterans, seniors, low-income families and countless other Massachusetts citizens depend on having both U.S. Senators and their staffs to help them navigate the federal bureaucracy and receive important constituent services. 

And, given that Congress is making critical decisions around health care, clean energy, economic recovery, and foreign affairs, the need for full representation is even greater.

If you cannot make it to the hearing, we highly recommend that you sign the petition in support of the law at http://weneedtwo.org.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

- The Tim Murray Committee
Tim kicked off Massachusetts Regionalization Month at a conference in Worcester this morning, discussing opportunities for municipalities to pool together resources and offer shared services to create more efficient, cost-saving solutions.

Following the conference, Tim awarded nearly $8 million to help communities develop shared 911 centers to improve public safety and save money for taxpayers.

From creating regional 911 centers, to starting intercity recycling programs, or sharing services like a local accounting programs, there are a number of successful examples that communities can learn from as they consider regionalizing certain local services that make sense for their community.

Regionalization Month
Watch a video of Tim's speech on regionalization
Read Tim's op-ed: Time for cities to join forces
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is serving as acting governor for part of the week as Gov. Patrick recovers from hip replacement surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Governor Patrick is in good condition after his surgery, and is expected to spend a few weeks recuperating at home after he is released from the hospital.

Read the full story in the Worcester Telegram.
Tim recently recorded a PSA to help spread the word about property tax exemptions available for many disabled veterans.

Watch Tim's PSA.

A Message to Supporters

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In the past few days I have received words of encouragement from many supporters suggesting that I consider running for the United States Senate seat vacated by the unfortunate passing of Senator Edward Kennedy.

While I am extremely grateful for the support, I want you to know that I remain focused on continuing my work as Lieutenant Governor, working with Governor Patrick to help Massachusetts recover from the unprecedented economic challenges we face.

Furthermore, with my oldest daughter starting her first day of school tomorrow, my wife and I have agreed that our focus needs to remain on our family and helping our daughters succeed.

That said, I look forward to running and winning re-election with Governor Patrick in 2010.

Sincerely,


Timothy P. Murray
Lieutenant Governor

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