Colman M. Herman

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State down to one elder ombudsman

State down to one elder ombudsman

Single employee serves more than 14,000 assisted living residents

THE MASSACHUSETTS ELDER AFFAIRS office, which had been using two ombudsmen to respond to complaints from the 14,000 people in the state’s 237 assisted living facilities, is now down to one. One ombudsman took a buyout offered by the Baker administration this summer and Elder Affairs is not currently planning to fill the vacancy because of(...)

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DCR forgives $23,000 of club’s unpaid rent

DCR forgives $23,000 of club’s unpaid rent

Wollaston Yacht Club starts anew with clean slate

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION and Recreation is forgiving three-quarters of the back debt owed by a Quincy yacht club renting space from the state on Wollaston Beach. The Wollaston Yacht Club’s unpaid rent of $30,500 had been a source of friction between the club and the state for years. On a number of occasions,(...)

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Baker’s public records silence

Baker’s public records silence

Status quo has benefits for governor

Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t saying where he stands on legislative efforts to update the state’s Public Records Law, possibly because he is not eager to disrupt the status quo. Like his predecessors dating back to the late 1990s, Baker contends that his office is not covered by the Public Records Law, a situation that allows(...)

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DCR 2.0

DCR 2.0

State agency is struggling to bring its system for leasing land into the current century

IN LATE 2011, the commissioner of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation said the agency’s system for leasing public land was in disrepair, with many tenants enjoying sweetheart deals, rents going uncollected, and the expiration dates of many leases ignored. Then-commissioner Ed Lambert called the lease situation a significant problem, one that needed to(...)

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State House press gets free office space, parking

State House press gets free office space, parking

Boston Herald is the only outlet that pays any rent

THE MEN AND WOMEN who are elected to state office are provided office and parking space at the State House when they arrive for work on Beacon Hill. The same holds true for the individuals who work in the media and are assigned to Beacon Hill to cover the officials. With media retrenchment and the(...)

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Cunha probes BRA-Sox deal at glacial pace

Cunha probes BRA-Sox deal at glacial pace

After 19 months, Inspector General still investigating

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH said that if he were mayor in 2013 he would not have supported the agreement between the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Redevelopment Authority that allows the team to close off Yawkey Way and retain the Green Monster seats. Brian Golden, the current head of the BRA, also opposes the(...)

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Push on for changes in Public Records Law

Push on for changes in Public Records Law

Some call for Legislature, judiciary to be covered

FOR THE FIRST TIME in a long time, momentum seems to be building for making changes in the state’s Swiss-cheese Public Records Law. Attorney General Maura Healey, a newcomer on Beacon Hill, says she intends to break with the practice of her predecessors and work closely with Secretary of State William Galvin to enforce the(...)

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Spotlight movie brings issue of credit to fore

Spotlight movie brings issue of credit to fore

Screenwriters paid visit to ex-Phoenix writer

THE TWO SCREENWRITERS of Spotlight, the upcoming movie about the Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s investigation of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church, paid a visit to a former reporter for the now-defunct Boston Phoenix as they were doing research on the screenplay. Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, who is also the director of the movie,(...)

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Fired Elder Affairs worker sues state

Fired Elder Affairs worker sues state

Alleges violation of First Amendment rights

A FORMER LONG-TIME compliance worker at the state Executive Office of Elder Affairs is suing the agency, alleging it violated his First Amendment rights and the state Whistleblower Act by firing him. In the Suffolk Superior Court lawsuit, which was filed in February, Peter Antonellis alleges that he was terminated for speaking out publicly about(...)

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NU resumes Boston payments

NU resumes Boston payments

Did Mayor Walsh play hardball?

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY STOPPED making in-lieu-of-tax payments to the city of Boston last year, but now the school is back on board, possibly because of some hardball tactics by Mayor Marty Walsh. In 2011, Boston revamped its program for issuing bills to larger nonprofits to help cover the cost of city services. In the program — known(...)

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