From State Senator Julian Cyr (verbatim)
My condolences to the families of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna and Vera Adams, the women and men of the Weymouth Police Department, the Weymouth community, and the law enforcement community nationwide. This disturbing and violent murder harkens to the murders of Sgt. Gannon, Officer Tarentino, Officer Maguire, and other dedicated law enforcement officers.
As Weymouth grieves, I hope the Legislature will take action to support police officers in the next several weeks before we adjourn on July 31st. It’s imperative that we send language to the Governor’s desk that establishes a stable funding stream for municipal police training. The Massachusetts Senate voted to establish this funding via an amendment I filed to the FY19 state budget that we took up in May; the House has since also adopted the same proposal as a standalone bill.
A conference committee between the chambers is still deliberating to put out a compromise state budget for FY19 — I am hopeful that the municipal police training proposal will be in the final FY19 budget, but I ask for your help to improve the chances.
The most effective way to help right now, and make sure this gets done quickly via the state budget, would be to call the three House members on that state budget conference committee and ask them to agree to include the Senate’s municipal police training funding amendment in the budget. Those members are Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (617-722-2990), Rep. Stephen Kulik (617-722-2380), and Rep. Todd Smola (617-722-2100). It's helpful if you either speak with a staffer or leave a voicemail. Here’s the link to the amendment, it’s senate budget amendment #1147: https://malegislature.gov/…/GetA…/190/S4/1114/Senate/Preview
I’m grateful for all the effective and strong advocacy that Yarmouth Police Dept. Chief Frederickson and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association have provided, and the work of the entire Cape & Islands legislative delegation on this matter. With your help, we’ll get this done and to the Governor's desk this month.
And lastly, this senseless murder further reiterates that an oversight hearing should be convened on Beacon Hill, as the Cape delegation called for in April: https://www.senatorcyr.com/letter_to_judiciary_public_safet…