Civics education bill becomes law Press Release

BOSTON – On November 8, a civics education bill was signed into law by the Governor which would promote and enhance civics education in public schools across the Commonwealth. The bill, S2631, An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement, is a result of a conference committee made up of several legislators, including Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington).

As a member of the Civics Education conference committee, I’m very pleased that it was signed into law today,” said Senator Friedman. “It is vitally important for the future leaders of the world to understand the value of our nation’s history and learn how they can participate in the democratic process to ensure that their voices are heard.”

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Senator Friedman discusses the opioid crisis, public transportation, and more on the Woburn Spotlight Woburn Public News Media

State Senator Cindy Friedman appeared on the Woburn Spotlight to provide a legislative update and discuss some of the work she has been doing in the Massachusetts Senate to benefit Woburn, the 4th Middlesex district and the Commonwealth. The interview included a discussion about what is being done on the state-level to address the opioid crisis, improve public education, advance workforce development, improve public transportation, and create more housing options for Massachusetts residents.

Friedman appointed Senate chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Press Release

BOSTON – On October 29, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) was appointed Senate chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators by Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). The caucus was previously chaired by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Boston), who recently left the Senate to serve as Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations at Suffolk Construction.

“I’m so grateful that Senate President Spilka has given me the opportunity to serve as chair of this very important caucus,” said Senator Friedman. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance the Caucus of Women Legislators’ agenda by fighting for initiatives that will ensure equal pay for equal work, stop sexual harassment in the workplace, and ensure equitable access to healthcare.”

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Gordon, Friedman Work to Dedicate Burlington Bridge in Honor of LCpl Gregory E. MacDonald Press Release

(BOSTON) – Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the House to pass a bill that would rename a bridge on Cambridge Street in Burlington the Lance Corporal Gregory E. MacDonald Memorial Bridge.  Marine LCpl Gregory MacDonald of Burlington gave his life serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The bill is now pending before the Senate where Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) is working to get it passed.

As we approach Veterans Day, it is only appropriate that we remember those who have put their lives on the line to secure our freedom,” said Senator Friedman. “Greg is one of those individuals, and we should be forever grateful for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our nation and all that he contributed to our community.”

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Arlington cop’s columns pulled by Mass. Police Association after call to violence WCVB Boston

A statewide nonprofit that advocates for police retracted a trio of columns it published in its newsletter, penned by an Arlington police officer, that rejected police tactics like “de-escalation” and called for violence against offenders, according to the Arlington Advocate.

“I sincerely believe that the troubling views expressed in the newsletter do not reflect the values of our Town, our hard-working and compassionate police department, or our residents,” state Sen. Cindy Friedman said in a statement. “I strongly support the decision by Police Chief Fred Ryan to immediately relieve Lieutenant Pedrini of his police duties. Such inflammatory rhetoric and behavior has absolutely no place in our police force or our community.”

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Cindy’s Quarterly Newsletter, October 2018

Since I was sworn into the Senate last July, it has been an honor to serve the people of the 4th Middlesex district and fight for policies that benefit everyone in Massachusetts. This session, I worked hard to move important legislative initiatives forward, secure vital resources for our district, and vote for bills that ensure Massachusetts continues to progress. I‘m especially proud that we passed a comprehensive Opioid Bill, raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and made substantial reforms to our criminal justice system. We accomplished a lot this session, but there is still much more work to do.

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A few updates regarding the MBTA

A lot has been going on at the MBTA, so I wanted to provide you with a brief update.

I understand that many of you use the Alewife parking garage on a daily basis. As you know, the MBTA closed the garage in mid-August to address safety concerns after concrete fell from the ceiling and damaged a parked vehicle. The garage reopened on August 20 after repairs were made and the garage was determined safe for use.

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Funding secured for Billerica’s Lexington and Glad Valley Project in FY19 Budget The Lowell Sun

BILLERICA — The town is expected to receive $75,000 from the state toward the design and construction of a project on Boston Road at the intersections with Lexington Road and Glad Valley Drive, according to a press release from state Senator Cindy Friedman’s office.

The funding for the project was secured by Friedman in the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget, according to the release.

The $2 million project proposes extending the sidewalk and apron near the intersection and landscaping the area between the two roads.

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