Dear Neighbors:
Since being sworn into office on January 6th, we have hit the ground running working tirelessly on important issues all across the District. It’s been so great to see many of you at virtual community meetings, virtual neighborhood events and at the many advocacy meetings I’ve already attended. My Legislative Aide Emily Carrara and I are working on hundreds of constituent service cases as well as many neighborhood issues, providing direct assistance to those in need. Please continue to call our office at 617-722-2800, ext: 7311or email us any time you think we can be helpful in any way. 
I am excited to update you on my first 4 months as your State Representative for the 14th Suffolk District and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the months ahead.
State House News
I am honored to have been selected to serve on several important committees: the Joint Committee on Housing, the Joint Committee on Revenue, the Joint Committee on Bond­ing, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, and the new Joint House Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management. 

I asked to serve on the COVID-19 Committee because the 14th Suffolk District has consistently been one of the hardest hit communities during this crisis. I know that the COVID-19 crisis has inflicted an enormous toll on our families and businesses. We must ensure that equity is at the center of not only our ongoing public health response, but our economic reopening strategies as well. I have been honored to participate in three public hearings as a Committee member working with our Chair and the other members of the Committee on this important issue.

I am also excited to get to work on the Joint Committee on Housing. As a former Boston City Councilor who chaired the Housing Committee for many years as well as the former Deputy Director of the Boston Home Center leading the City’s homeownership efforts, I understand first hand the importance of this issue and I am ready to continue that critical work in the State House.

I also look forward to serving on the Joint Committee on Revenue which governs federal financial assistance, state fees, and the raising of revenue for the State through taxation as well as the Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets. I was proud to vote in favor as a Committee member and on the House floor for the authorization to build a new soldier's home in Holyoke.

I have sponsored several bills and co-sponsored dozens of others. I am excited to advocate for these important legislative items and look forward to working with my colleagues towards passage of these bills. 
For more information on bills I am sponsoring or cosponsoring, and to track their progress, please visit here.

I have also been proud to have taken several important votes since officially taking office on January 6th. 

I have voted in favor of the groundbreaking “Next Generation Climate Roadmap” bill which overhauls the state’s climate laws, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, advances the clean energy industry, and prioritizes and protects environmental justice communities

I also voted in favor of legislation that will make improvements to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and provide relief to employers and workers in the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 crisis. This comprehensive bill seeks to support those who have lost their jobs, protect our frontline workers by providing paid leave, and provide equitable relief to the small businesses that have fueled our local economies and given back to our communities during the pandemic. 

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget recently. This budget responsibly responds to the needs of residents and makes investments that set the state on a path toward economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded at $47.716 billion, the House’s FY22 budget continues its strong commitment to cities and towns, and includes significant investments in education, supportive services for vulnerable populations, and workforce and economic development, among other priorities. 

The recently passed budget also includes funding for organizations and public open space in the 14th Suffolk District. I was proud to vote for a thoughtful and responsible budget that makes important and needed investments for my District, the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am thankful to Chair Michlewitz, Speaker Mariano and all my colleagues for supporting my amendments to bring resources to Doyle Playground in Hyde Park, the Menino Arts Center and funding to protect the Fowl Meadow in Readville, an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
Working With The District
My office has partnered with Keep Hyde Park Beautiful and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for a very successful community clean up of Meadow Road and the Fowl Meadow on March 21st with over fifty people participating. 
My office has also been supporting the West Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Association’s Racial Justice Forum Series. My legislative aide Emily and I serve on the advisory board for the series and I was proud to moderate one of the forums in February. Emily helped plan and moderated the most recent forum in April which focused on youth, young adults and civic engagement.

I am also proud to announce the opening of my District office located at 678 Truman Parkway in Hyde Park.  While the office will be fully operational when it is safe to do so, I am happy to schedule appointments as needed at this location. All appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols will be taken into consideration if a meeting is held there.
I know firsthand the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the lives of so many of our neighbors. I know that our top priority must be helping those most impacted by the pandemic. Please see the links below to learn more information about staying safe and healthy, and what resources are available from the City and State.

As of April 19, 2021, all residents 16 years and older are eligible for a vaccine in Massachusetts.

  • Preregister for a vaccine appointment at a mass vaccination site. When you are eligible and appointments are available, you will receive a link to sign up for an appointment. Preregister here:
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has begun a homebound vaccination program for individuals who cannot leave their home for a vaccine appointment. See more information here:
  • Residents of Boston are also able to schedule appointments for their vaccine at several sites Boston Medical Center has throughout the city. We have several in or close to our district, including the Thomas M. Menino YMCA in Hyde Park, the Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan, and St. Nectario's Greek Orthodox Church in Roslindale. Book an appointment on the link here:
  • If you are interested in receiving a vaccine at a Community Vaccine Clinic hosted by BMC, you are also able to fill out this waitlist form. After you submit the form, BMC will call, email or text you to schedule an appointment. Due to supply, it might take several weeks until you are notified about an appointment. Submitting this form does not guarantee an appointment. If you are able to get an appointment through another channel, please get vaccinated through that channel, even if you have already filled out the form. Fill out this form:
If you are eligible for a vaccine and are having trouble accessing one online, you are able to call the State's Hotline at 211
  • Health Insurance Options: The recent federal American Rescue Plan delivers new savings for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents through the Health Connector to lower the cost of health insurance. The financial help available to help pay for insurance through the Affordable Care Act has been increased, which means most people who already get help paying for insurance will get more support, and many people who used to not qualify for help will now see lower monthly premiums. If you need health insurance and would like more information, check out

  • Seniors in our district may be able to save on Medicare: A new state law in Massachusetts is expanding several Medicare Savings Programs (also known as "MassHealth Buy-in" programs). These programs help older residents and people living with disabilities save money on their Medicare coverage. If you are a Massachusetts resident with limited income and assets, who is eligible for Medicare, you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program that will pay your monthly Medicare Part B premium, which is now deducted from your Social Security benefit. In certain cases, a Medicare Savings Program may also pay your out-of-pocket Medicare Part A and Part B costs and your Part A premium (if you have one). Starting January 1, 2020 the income and asset limits for the Medicare Savings Programs are increasing, meaning more people will be able to get help paying for Medicare. If you qualify for a Medicare Savings Program, you will also automatically qualify for Extra Help, a program that will help pay for your prescription drugs under Medicare.
  • SNAP Benefits: Over 700,000 residents of Massachusetts are currently eligible for SNAP food resources but are not enrolled. Federal Legislation in 2020 and 2021 related to the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced barriers to SNAP and made more people eligible.
Constituents can apply for SNAP here: 
-By mail/fax (see
-By phone: DTA Assistance Line: 877 382-2363 (press #6).
-Through DTA Outreach Partner such as Project Bread, Greater Boston Food Bank, COAs.
-See provider list at
They can also apply for TAFDC or EAEDC cash benefits at (online or smartphone) or by calling local DTA office and leaving a message
People eligible for SNAP:
  • Households under 200% of the federal poverty level (Household includes spouses, kids under 22 & their parents)
  • US citizens and many legally present immigrants
  • Ineligible immigrants may apply for eligible children
  • Low income college students including
-Students attending community colleges
-Students with a MassGrant, work study or an “expected family contribution” of $0 
-Students with kids or with disabilities. 

You may also learn more about similar programs by calling Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline, toll-free and confidential, at 1-800-645-8333. This offers food assistance in 180 languages at the following hours: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday 10am-2pm

  • Hyde Park Junior Athletic Association - Youth Baseball
Sign up for Hyde Park Youth Baseball! The league is open to all children ages 4-14.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can be helpful in any way.