Articles about Politics that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Stoneham Town Meeting Will Be Asked To Skuttle Local Retirement Board

MAY 2006 - Stoneham Selectmen, led by an angered John DePinto, want to abolish the Stoneham Retirement Board and turn its duties over to the State Retirement Board.

Appeal Board Rules Lowell Election Valid

NOVEMBER 2005 - A Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) Magistrate has ruled that the Lowell Retirement Board's decision to declare Jim Quealy's election to the Board is valid. Since no objections to the DALA ruling were filed with Contributory Retirement Appeal Board, it becomes final and binding on all parties.

Welch Reelected MACRS President

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Conference Focus On Chapter 32 - At its annual spring conference in Hyannis, the Mass. Association of Contributory Retirement Systems (MACRS) reelected retired Needham firefighter Thomas Welch to a second term as the groups president. Welch, who is an Association member, also serves as an elected member on the Needham Retirement Board.

New Staff On Public Service Committee

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Play Key Role In Developing Legislation - Of all the Legislative Committees, the Joint Committee on Public Service is the most critical to the lives of retired public employees. As members know, the Committee's primary function is to analyze and draft legislation relative to public retirement, including health insurance.

Trimarco Named To Governor's Top Job

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Former Malone Deputy - Governor Mitt Romney has named Tom Trimarco, 66, as his Secretary of Administration and Finance, the most powerful post in the Governor's office.

California's Pension Plan Safe For Now

JULY 2005 - Schwarzenegger Buckles Under Pressure - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to scuttle that state's pension plan has suffered a major setback.

Springfield's Finance Control Board Flexes Muscle

MAY 2005
- Springfield's Finance Control Board, appointed by Governor Romney to
oversee the embattled city's fiscal crisis, has targeted the
Springfield Retirement Board's investment record as part of the city's

Joint Ways And Means Hearings Held

MAY 2005
- Kick-Off '05-'06 Legislative Session - After a series of joint hearings throughout the Commonwealth, the
combined House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means returned to the
State House for their final joint session on March 14.

New Leaders For Public Service Committee

MAY 2005
- Buoniconti and Kaufman: Two Voices For Public Retirees - In making key committee assignments for the 2004-2005 legislative
session, Senate President Robert Travaglini and House Speaker Salvatore
DiMasi have named Senator Stephen Buoniconti (D-W. Springfield) and
Representative Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington) to chair the key Joint
Committee on Public Service.

Former Mass Rep In Humanitarian Role

MARCH 2005
- Andy Natsios Faces Tsunami Challenge - He has been called "a man for all seasons," and the title is most
fitting for this former state representative from Holliston. Andrew
Natsios, Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), has been dealing with the world's worst humanitarian disasters
since the first Bush administration. He has been the designated "point
man" for both Presidents Bush on all global disasters that have
required American aid and assistance.