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  MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY NAMES PUPPOLO LEGISLATOR OF THE MONTH
Boston - State Representative, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. D-Springfield, was named Legislator of the Month by the Massachusetts Medical Society. The write up appeared in the publication Vital Signs. Puppolo a member of the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance was especially pleased with the award. This is a tremendous recognition especially for a freshman representative. 

“As a freshman State Representative, I am proud to have been appointed by the Speaker to the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. The committee will deal with many health care issues of particular concern to my district, including access, cost, and mental health and substance abuse issues.” Stated Puppolo.

“Central to these challenges is the availability of physicians which is essential to providing timely access to health care. Our local hospitals and physicians tell me that it is increasingly difficult to fill open positions because we are losing physicians to other states and we are having difficulty attracting new physicians to the area” Puppolo added.

“We are especially in need of primary care providers, who, by keeping our citizens healthy also keep patients out of the emergency room and thus keep the cost of health care down. For this reason I am co-sponsoring legislation and advocating hard for its passage which would establish a special commission to increase physician recruitment and workforce development. All stakeholders would be part of the solution to resolve the shortage problem in Massachusetts.” Puppolo stated.

“I understand the problem, and I am committing my time and resources to addressing this issue. I look forward to working with the physicians in my district and the Massachusetts Medical Society.” Puppolo stated.
   

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Angelo Puppolo and other House and Senate legislators paint with children at Square One in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The painting party was held in conjunction with the annual celebration of the Week of the Young Child.


Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District could see budgetary relief

WILBRAHAM – There could be some budgetary relief in sight for the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District (HWRSD).

Representative Angelo Puppolo proud Boston Strong license plate bill he introduced becomes law
Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr. is proud that legislation he introduced creating a Boston Strong license plate, honoring the victims of the marathon bombing a year earlier, was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Elliot Street gets data-center nod
BOSTON - Breaking a political stalemate, Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Thursday named the old Technical High School in Springfield as his choice for a $76 million state data center. Two Springfield Democrats who supported the old high school, Reps. Sean F. Curran and Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., said they were naturally pleased with the governor's decision. "It's a boost for the State Street corridor," Puppolo said. "It's jobs and economic development." 

Legislators OK relief for Springfield
BOSTON - State legislators approved a sweeping financial relief bill for Springfield on Tuesday after Gov. Deval L. Patrick intervened and persuaded a local lawmaker to end his plan to use the bill for improving city towing contracts. 
"I'm very pleased for the city of Springfield," said Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield. "It's a critically important bill." 
 

State Rep. Angelo Puppolo to deliver keynote address at 69th Model
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State Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo (D Springfield) will deliver the keynote address to the joint session of the 69th Model Congress. on Friday, January 9.  

House approves nurse staffing bill
The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that could end a long debate over the need for regulating nurse staffing levels in hospitals... "The bill strikes a fair balance," said Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield. "It's a pragmatic approach for improving patient care."  

Puppolo brings Smokey to local schools. Representative, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., arranged for a special visit by Smokey Bear to three schools in his District. Smokey visited Mile Tree School in Wilbraham, Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow, and Talmadge School in Springfield. 

Puppolo honors East Longmeadow Baseball Team.
 
During comments Puppolo stated "While not too long ago we welcomed the World Champion Boston Red Sox to the State House to recognize their championship, I thought it was important to recognize this accomplishment as it is equally as important because this is where it all begins and you and your parents have worked hard - this is a terrific day for East Longmeadow Baseball, and you should be very proud of this accomplishment." 

Patrick seeks $2.5 billion for projects.

BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick Friday asked state legislators to approve $2.5 billion in bonds for capital projects including $78 million for a new data center in Western Massachusetts, $50 million to renovate the Franklin County Courthouse in Greenfield and money for jails in Chicopee and Northampton. 

"I'm very pleased," said Representative Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield. "The entire Western Massachusetts delegation worked very hard to make sure the money was available and the site would be chosen."


Representative Puppolo files bill and dedicates ceremony declaring November, Thrombosis Awareness Month in Massachusetts

State Representative, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., has been working closely with Dr. Samuel Z. Goldhaber and several doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and patients from his district, and from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to bring heightened awareness and education about this disease. Representative Puppolo has filed a bill that will permanently declare November Thrombosis Awareness Month in Massachusetts. 

Miss Massachusetts urges young people to volunteer.
BOSTON - State Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, said Miss Massachusetts, Valerie Amaral, recently stopped by the State House to meet him and others and to discuss her campaign to inspire youth to volunteer.  

Representative Puppolo announces, 
House Passes Sweeping Energy Policy.

State Representative, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., (D-Springfield) is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives passed the Green Communities Act which is sweeping energy conservation reform in the Commonwealth. 

Representative Puppolo's Maiden Speech on the Green Communities Act: Puppolo’s Maiden Speech given on this comprehensive Bill, and at his request the House took a Roll Call vote which was unanimous.

Patrick files $1 billion bond bill
BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick yesterday filed a $1.1 billion bond bill to finance improvements to public housing, reduce homelessness and upgrade neighborhoods.
  
"Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, a member of a special state commission seeking to end homelessness, said some money in the bond could be used for transitional and permanent housing for the homeless. Other money could go toward shelters for battered women and housing for people trying to recover from substance abuse.  "This is a significant, groundbreaking bill," Puppolo said. "It speaks volumes to the governor's commitment to housing needs."
 

Tourism leaders looking for signs
Supporters said the boards would showcase the best attractions in the state and would make the state more friendly to tourists.  "This can be done in a tasteful way," said state Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, a cosponsor. "We're talking about nice, aesthetically pleasing signs." 

House OKs action to ease foreclosure
The bill requires the state to license "mortgage loan originators," or someone who offers and accepts applications for property loans on behalf of a licensed mortgage broker. 

"The licensing provision is a very good check and balance," said Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield. "It's long over due in this industry." 

Lt. Governor visits Wilbraham on Western Mass. tour
"We really appreciate this administration's commitment to the Pioneer Valley," Representative Puppolo said. "Their visits here and the funds they've been providing are the lifeblood for bringing back these towns and cities."

Puppolo plans for new traffic light in Wilbraham
WILBRAHAM Both State Rep. Angelo Puppolo and Postmaster Orlando Braz believe that the Boston Road Traffic Light Project is something that needs to be accomplished soon.

Legislators support Hillman for marshal
Local legislators who agreed to sign the letter include Reps. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, Sean F. Curran, D-Springfield, Michael F. Kane, D-Holyoke, and Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer, and Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre, according to Warren. Puppolo said Hillman has the credentials, the background and commitment to be U.S. marshal. 

Cultural groups win state funds
SPRINGFIELD - Local organizations praised area legislators yesterday for helping to fund the arts.  

State Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, said the organizations provide "a tremendous benefit, both culturally and economically."

Communities receive police station funds
Posted by The Republican Newsroom October 05, 2007
BOSTON - Springfield received $200,000 and Holyoke netted $102,500 yesterday in state grants for repairs to municipal police stations, said Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Executive Office of Public Safety. 

Palmer received $25,000 and Williamsburg, $7,725, he said. Reps. Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., both Springfield Democrats, said they were pleased with the city's grant because the police station at 130 Pearl St. needs some work. 

House rejects death penalty
BOSTON - The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today against reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts.  

Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, said he did his homework and then voted against the bill -- "I do oppose the death penalty," he said. "Until we can be 100-percent sure that we're not going to take the life of an innocent person, I don't feel comfortable supporting that." 

Springfield to get state infusion
BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick today plans to announce that the state will provide $2 million toward construction of a shelter for the homeless in downtown Springfield and $500,000 to hire up to 10 police officers for the city.    

Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, said he is pleased with the governor's commitment to the city. 
"It's a comprehensive plan that deals with a number of issues critically important as the city moves forward," he said. 

Legislation aims to end identity theft
BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick yesterday signed a bill designed to protect people against identity theft.   

"I'm very pleased the governor signed it," said Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, who pushed for approval of the bill. "It really is a comprehensive bill that goes a long way toward protecting consumers. Prior to this, there was essentially no protection for consumers."
  
Mass doctor count low
"There's a critical need for the state to step in," said Representative Angelo Puppolo, who has spoken with medical society personnel, doctors who practice at Baystate and Mercy medical centers in Springfield, and others who have expressed their concerns about a shortage of physicians. "If nothing gets done about it it's only going to get worse," he said.    

State Reps. Sean F. Curran and Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., both Springfield Democrats, were the chief co-sponsors of a House bill, and Sen. Stephen J. Buoniconti, D-West Springfield, the lead sponsor of a Senate bill, calling for the establishment of a commission to study physician recruitment in the state.

Governor Patrick signs his first budget
BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed his first state budget today. He vetoed only $41.4 million from the $26.8 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that started on July 1. That veto total is far below the average $150 million that governors cut from annual budgets the past 17 years.   

Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo Jr., D-Springfield, said he hopes most, if not all of the governor's vetoes will be overriden. Puppolo was chief sponsor of the money for the security cameras.

  

House OKs Patrick lid on health care costs
BOSTON - The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved yesterday Gov. Deval L. Patrick's bill to slow the skyrocketing costs of municipal health insurance. 
 
"This will go a long way toward allowing local governments to save significant amounts of money," said Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo, D-Springfield. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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