Proponents say it will allow police to positively identify those they stop on roadways. They’ve also cited the value when undocumented immigrants drive uninsured because they don’t have licenses.
This year will be remembered for the creation of a majority-minority state legislative district in New Bedford and a second legally recognized minority-influenced district in the South Coast.
“We’re going to provide safe and affordable housing for the people in New Bedford.” — Attorney Chris Saunders, representing developer Duane Jackson.
“We’re in the freest country in the world, yet these individuals didn’t get to live their lives freely. And so I hope this is a start to a change.”
Parochial interests rose to the top, back-bench politicians lost their nerve, and a key local lawmaker kept his mouth closed until the deal was done.
“I don’t want to be a city councilor just approving a budget … pushing paper. I want to be able to be lifting up my community and showing our youth especially, that we have power in numbers.”
“OK, I confess. I’ve lived in New Bedford for 22 years, been a user of the downtown meters for all of that time, and I still don’t understand how the damn things work.”
It is a little strange that these officials see Fall River as having such a pre-eminent role in the new district, given that the incumbent congressman, freshman Jake Auchincloss, lives in Newton.
With Shane Burgo’s election, five of 11 city councilors in New Bedford are now persons of color. That’s something the city can take pride in. And it illustrates the changing nature of our city.
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