(East Boston, April 21, 2015) – State Representative Adrian Madaro filed three crucial budget amendments during his first full week in office. The amendments dedicate nearly $300,000 to East Boston to improve public safety at Constitution Beach, increase resources to address substance abuse in East Boston, and supports Project Bread’s local farming initiative.
The House Budget process is one of the most important opportunities for a State Representative to prioritize funding for his community. Despite being in office for only a week, Representative Madaro capitalized on his years of experience as Chief of Staff to former Representative Carlo Basile to hit the ground running.
“The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has a 24/7 ER, but has no substance abuse counselors during the nights and weekends” said Representative Madaro. “The $150k that I included in my budget amendment would enable the Health Center to hire substance abuse counseling during these times when they experience the highest volume of people seeking substance abuse treatment/services.”
Representative Madaro also proposed $120,000 to support Project Bread and the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, which takes locally grown fruits and vegetables and distributes them to low income families in East Boston and beyond.
Another amendment dedicates $25,000 for State Police to patrol Constitution Beach.