I want to thank all of the residents who attended any one of the four town hall meetings that I held over the past month, after my re-election in November. I was pleased with the concerns expressed by my constituents, as well as the positive discussions that were generated out of these conversations.

The town hall meetings were held in Ayer, Westboro, Marlborough and Acton, to ensure that residents from each geographical area of the fourteen communities of the Middlesex and Worcester District had the opportunity to attend a meeting and express their opinions on legislative and budgetary concerns.

The topics raised at the meetings included increasing local aid, transportation infrastructure improvements, reducing unfunded mandates, access to rehabilitation services for the disabled, tax policy, improving access to health care, gun safety, special education, OPEB, regionalization, rehabilitating prisoners, campaign finance reform and the Bottle Bill.

For residents who were unable to attend or wish to express their opinions on legislation or budget priorities, please contact me at James.Eldridge@masenate.gov or 617-722-1120, or through my website, www.SenatorEldridge.com. Looking ahead, I will be filing my legislation by Friday, Jan.


18, and preparing for my budget meeting with the Senate Ways and Means Committee chairperson, among many other things.

Once again, thank you to those residents who attended the town hall meetings, and please stay in touch.


State senator