Yearly Archive 2019

Byrich green

Mohawk Tannery EPA Cleanup Status

NEXT MEETING – TUESDAY FEB 12 – 6:30PM – UNITED WAY OF GREATER NASHUA – 20 BROAD ST.

While this is not a Democratic issue, it is a city issue that impacts everyone.

The Mohawk Tannery on Fairmont St in Nashua operated until 1984, tanning hides for leather.  It is an EPA Superfund cleanup site contaminated by barium, arsenic and carcinogenic dioxin.

A local developer is interested in converting these 40 acres into multifunctional housing and commercial uses along the parkway.

The community concern has been around how the cleanup is being proposed.  The EPA and the developer are proposing that the contaminated lagoons be capped.  Many in the community believe that removing the contaminated soil is a far better option, but is also much more expensive.

No decisions have been made.  If you would like to know more, use the link below.

Tinyurl.com/realcleanup

Byrich green

Democrats making a difference!

JANUARY 2019

  • In their first week in control of the NH Legislature, Democrats voted to ban guns in the NH House, including the anteroom and public gallery.
  • Alderwoman and State Representative Trish Klee has been working with Pennichuck Water Works to address “brown water” issues at the Clovelly Apartments.
  • The House Election Law Committee held public hearings on several constitutional amendments:
    • Allowing 17 year olds to vote in primaries who will turn 18 by the general election.
    • Absentee ballots would be available to all voters, nut just those with special circumstances.
    • Allowing caregivers to deliver absentee ballots on behalf of voters who live in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities
    • Allowing anyone over age 60 to vote up to five weeks before an election
  • Senator Cindy Rosenwald introduced a mental illness bill that will increase reimbursement rates and substance use disorder treatment.
  • Senator Melanie Levesque introduced the SMART Act (Secure Modern Accurate Registration Technology), safeguarding NH elections through the implementation of secure and modern voter registration. Among other things, it would automatically register voters who deal with other agencies, like the DMV. Officials would manually check the registrations before adding these voters to the rolls.

On Jan 31, Senate Democrats passed three bills addressing the funding gaps in job training programs and mental health services.

SB 2 – Increases funding for job training programs in New Hampshire

SB 5– Expands access to mental health and substance misuse treatment

SB 11 – Addresses the state’s mental health Emergency Room boarding crisis by increasing both reimbursement rates for hospitals and the number of beds available for patients.

Byrich green

Congratulations Gloria Timmons!

On Dec 20, BOE member Gloria Timmons received a commendation from the Governor for her commitment to improve the quality of life for people in NH through her work in family, school and community.

The NH Black Women’s Health Project also acknowledged Ms. Timmon’s efforts.