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Dear Friend,

Moving out and Moving in!

In April I said farewell to the Boston City Council, my now former colleagues, staff, and life-long friends I made along the way. I'm now in Room 520 in the State House, feel free to come by and visit!
Updates from the Senate Floor!

April, May & First Half of June 
  • On April 7th the Senate passed S.2823 a bill Relative to Equity in the Cannabis Industry This will help communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition and enforcement to take part in the Commonwealth’s growing cannabis market. I was proud to cosponsor Senator John Velis' amendment to ensure host communities are told why their license was not accepted by the Cannabis Commission & the support the creation of a host community guide for prospective municipalities and businesses to follow.                                                             
  • On April 14th the Senate passed S.2819 An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward, this legislation will: open the door for 10,000 megawatts of Off-shore wind energy, increase rebates for many Electric Vehicle purchases to $3,500-people trading in traditional cars will be eligible to receive $4,500, the bill also mandates MBTA Buses to be fully electric by 2028.                                                                                                                          
  • On April 28th the Senate passed an act to legalize & regulate sports betting S.2844, I was proud to add a requirement to study how many & who has been incarcerated & fined for sports betting. I am hopeful this study leads to expungement & second chances for many people; laws should prevent harm & heal when possible.                                                                           
  • On May 6th the Senate Passed the Work & Family Mobility Act; I was proud to vote for this practical and safe policy which has been endorsed by a majority of City Police Chiefs in Massachusetts. 
I'm proud to continue to advocate for Boston, Cambridge, Revere, and Winthrop. 
Supporting the creation of a MBTA Winthrop Ferry as a part of an intra-regional system.
Supporting an amendment to ensure LGBTQ Veterans receive state benefits for their service.
My testimony in favor of Boston's Transfer fee, which would provide millions of dollars for affordable housing programs.
On Memorial Day this year I was proud to honor the sacrifices made by so many members of the military.
  • At the end of April I was honored to attend the annual Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Thanks for having me!
  • Grateful to speak at Environmetal League of Massachusetts’ annual Earth Night 2022 Gala! Congratulations to the award winners Rep. Joan Meschino, Maria Belen Power & Andrea Nyamekye, Massachusetts General Brigham, & Jeremy Grantham!
  • Play Ball! Happy to be out celebrating Opening Day at the North End & East Boston Little Leagues! 
  • Honored to spend Earth Day in community with friends & neighbors in Eastie. Thanks Kannan Thiruvengadam, Eastie Farm,  Boston Local 12, Metro BTC, Insulators Union, Greater Boston Labor Council for coming together to bring green jobs & infrastructure to our neighborhood.
  • Grateful to attend the 32nd Annual Pride Brunch in Cambridge! Thank you to John Gintell who was honored for his years of service to the LGBTQ Community! 
  • Thank you to Hannah Belcher for organizing this year's Winthrop's Outdoor Spring Market! Check out these incredible small businesses!
  • Excited to attend For Kid's Only Afterschool for the opening of your new, beautiful space. Thank you for building our children into the strong adults we know they can be!
  • Congratulations Jillian Dempsey of Winthrop and the Boston Pride Hockey team who recently won the Isobel Cup. Jillian is also a 5th teacher at the Arthur T. Cummings Elementary school in Winthrop! So happy to honor her & her team's achievement at the State House!
  •  During this holy month for so many I was honored to be in community with Muslim neighbors and friends in Revere. Thanks Asmaa Aboufouda, the City of Revere & Mayor Arrigo for bringing us together.
  •  Loved celebrating the grand re-opening of Revere History Museum! Since 1994 the Revere Society for Cultural & Historic Preservation has educated interested learners about Revere’s rich history. Please visit them at 108 Beach st! Enjoy your refurbished space!
  •  In May I joined elected leaders in Revere to learn more about the work Sheriff Steven Tompkins is doing at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. 
I’m hiring a Legislative Director for my Senate Office. If you are a passionate individual with experience in policy making please apply! Click here for a Job Description. Please send Resumes and a brief statement of interest to
In the News 

Sen. Edwards Secures $160K for Revere Programs in Senate Version of Budget- Revere Journal

Sen. Lydia Edwards Secures $200K for Eastie Programs in Senate Version of Budget - East Boston Times

Sen. Edwards’ Testimony on Eversource Substation Appeal - East Boston Times

Edwards Says Farewell to the Boston City Council - East Boston Times

Housing, education among Coletta’s priorities - Bay State banner

Mayor Arrigo, State Rep. Giannino, and Councilor Morabito Endorse Campbell for AG- Revere Journal

Wu flexes her political muscle - Politico

Sen. Edwards provides a quote on the retirement of John Drew - East Boston Times

Sumner Tunnel shutdown will have ‘massive’ impact - Boston Herald 

Boston Elected Officials Decry State Receivership Possibility - WBZ Radio


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