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Dear Friend,
As session comes to an end, I would like to look back at what we have accomplished for the 1st Suffolk & Middlesex District. With your support we did the following; 
  • Secured millions of dollars for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex District
  • Took part in expanding abortion access in the Commonwealth 
  • Fought for Driver's Licenses for our undocumented population 
  • Fought to seal Eviction cases for wrongfully evicted persons
  • $28 million dollars for a intracoastal water ferry
We have listened, advocated, and acted. Thank you for the honor to serve, YOU. 
END OF SESSION ROUND-UP
HOMES Act

I was proud to lead on Housing in the Senate this session, I secured the passage of the HOMES Act in the Senate. This bill, supported by a bipartisan coalition of legislators will give tens of thousands of people who have been evicted a second chance. I will continue to push for its final passage. 
My remarks on the importance of the HOMES Act.
Intra-Coastal Ferry Pilot Program

This session I worked with a bipartisan group of my colleagues, Sen. Brendan Crighton, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Sen. Joan Lovely, Sen. John Keenan to secure $28 million for a Ferry Pilot Program between, Gloucester, Salem, Lynn, Winthrop, East Boston, North End, and the South Boston Waterfront. The pilot would operate for 3-5 years. 
My remarks on the Intra-Coastal Ferry
No Cost Calls and Pre-trial Detention

In keeping with full transparency and acknowledging we may not always agree, I wanted you to hear from me (via video) as to why I supported modifying our standards for pre-trial detention.  Prior to Sen. Tarr's amendment Gov. Baker had attached higher standards (that I did not support) to the No Cost Calls bill. I FULLY support no cost calls for people who are incarcerated and voted for this bill when it was a stand alone bill and again when the lower standards of dangerousness were attached. The final vote on this amendment was 30-8. 
My remarks on No Cost Calls and Pre-Trial Detention. 
An Act Driving Clean Energy & Offshore Wind
S. 2819 is a step forward to a greener and cleaner Commonwealth. With the passing of this bill, we are making a conscious effort to advance solar energy, decarbonize transportation and buildings. I am proud to have led Amendment 96, Energy Efficiency Equity to contribute to the bill. I worked alongside Sen. Patricia Jehlen, Sen. Rebecca Rausch, and Sen. Joanne Comerford. In this amendment we ensured that utilities' quarterly include data on Mass Save's services to low-income tax payers and increase participation from renters and low-income households. Along with more data collection on effort.
Low Income Fare Program

I was so proud to champion Low Income Fare Programs for Transit agencies across the Commonwealth. Although we were not able to get this across the finish line this session, we will be back next year to do the right thing. Thank you to the co-sponsors of the amendment, Sen. Brendan Crighton, Sen. Michael Moore, Sen. Paul Feeney, Sen. Becca Rausch, and Sen. Eric Lesser. 
My remarks on the significance of Low Income Fare Program
Lastly, I was proud to secure tens of thousands of dollars in funding for a wide variety of causes & projects across our district. See the graphics below for more details!
District Attorney Forum
Thank everyone who came to the DA Forum! 100 people in the room & 50 on zoom! Also thank you to: NUBE, Boston Ward 1 Democratic Committee, Revere Democrats, Chelsea Democratic, WCAT, Norfolk Suffolk Mental Health Association, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Turn It Around Charlestown Youth Enrichment, Adrian Walker, Meridian House & Erika Perez!
IN THE COMMUNITY 
Boston
Congratulations to Peru & the Peruvian community of Massachusetts on 200 years of independence! Honored to celebrate with you in Boston & Revere!
It was great to join the great & growing Boston Labor Movement this morning for an incredible breakfast! Boston is a Union made city and I'll fight to keep it that way.
The 26th Taste of Eastie was an incredible success on the Tall Ship! What a way to end this year's #EastieWeek! Thank you Boston Harbor Now, East Boston Main Street, and all of the organizations involved this year for bringing us together! 
Helped cut the ribbon at North Meadow Park—the newest addition to the Rose Kennedy Greenway!
Proud to stand with The Public Transit Public Good Coalition in support of the Low Income Fare, too many working families are currently counting dollars & cents to make sure they can catch the next bus. It’s time for Transit Justice.
Had a great time with Boston Harbor Now, ZUMIX, and so many community partners to kick off Eastie week! 
Thank you Representative Ayanna Pressley for providing space for people to be vulnerable and explain the depth of the indignity of living with food insecurity. Thank you to the organizations doing the work: EBCSK, Eastie Farms, ZUMIX, and East Boston Mutual Aid.
Great to meet the C.A.P. Fellows at the State Senate to talk about Asset Forfeiture Reform—meeting leaders like these young people fills me full of hope for our future
It was a pleasure joining my neighbors in East Boston for coffee with Mayor Michelle Wu.
Had a wonderful time in community at the First Annual Eastie Eid Al-Ahda celebration! Thank you to the Muslim & North African community of Boston & Revere, Maverick Landing Community Services, Adrian Madaro, Gabriela Coletta, Age Strong Boston, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Happy Eid! 
Cambridge
Thank you Black Coral Inc. & History Cambridge for creating this powerful piece of art inspired by local history.
The exhibit will be on display until October 3rd, 159 Brattle St in Cambridge! Read more: historycambridge.org
https://www.bostonglobe.com/.../ugly-can-turn-into.../
Thanks for the photos Hakim Raquib!
Winthrop
Thank you Rose Trifoni Mazzuchelli for your dutiful service to veterans in Winthrop, your new office is lucky to have you!
Revere
Happy to participate in the Revere Beach Sandcastle Sculpting Festival! Congratulations to the sculptors on your incredible works of art & thank you Revere Beach Partnership!
212 years of Colombian Independence! Happy to celebrate with Colombians in Boston & Revere! Thank you Luz Gladys Olivero, Nathalia Benitez, Revere 311, Veronica Robles Cultural Center, and so many more!
IN THE NEWS
Cutting the Working Poor a break on T fares - Boston Globe

Baker signs law banning hairstyle discrimination - CMG

Lawmaker Calls for Criminal Charges Against Owner of Revere High-Rise That Burned - Local Channel 10

T riders push for lower fares for low earners - Axios Boston

New park space opens at North Meadow on The Greenway - Boston Real Estate Times

Guest Op-Ed: Keeping Our City Housed- Revere Journal 

Massachusetts close to banning natural hair discrimination - GBH

Revere Mayor to Meet With Residents Displaced Following Apartment Fire- Local Channel 10 Boston

Mass. Senate Revives Low-Income Fare Legislation- StreetBlog Mass

A year after racial terror, failure to mark Pride, Juneteenth divides Winthrop over how to be inclusive- Boston Globe
 

Onward, 


Lydia Edwards

 
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