With the dawn of the New Year, State Representative Joseph McGonagle has identified housing, education and public safety as his top priorities for Everett.
“As the former vice chair of the Housing Committee, he understands the difficult and often long process of creating affordable housing but he thinks it is a must for the city,” said McGonagle’s Legislative Aide, Jacqueline Hart. “He looks forward to projects that keep the people of Everett in Everett.”
McGonagle will also be serving on the House Education Committee during this legislative session. “He remains committed to making sure the students of Everett are well served and in the best position to succeed,” said Hart. “He also understands that part of this effort is also making sure teachers and staff are supported as well.”
Looking at public safety, Hart said McGonagle’s partnership with the Police and Fire Departments has become even stronger following the five-alarm apartment fire in the Bronx, which claimed 19 lives on January 9. “He looks at the recent tragedy and wants to make sure something like that never happens in Everett,” said Hart. “He believes this is achieved through educating the public and ensuring first responders are fully prepared.”
In addition, Hart said that in response to data from the 2020 Census, two Everett precincts were moved into the 2nd Suffolk District. “Though some areas may not be his district, he will still do his best to support the community as a whole,” said Hart, adding that the census also spawned the creation of the 11th Suffolk District. “Rep. McGonagle thinks there is a real opportunity for a team effort with this trio.”
Earlier this month, McGonagle testified before the Joint Committee on Transportation regarding his bill H.3535, An Act allowing for partial payment of fines relating to driver’s license suspension or revocation. This legislation would allow drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked because of outstanding fees to set up payment plans with the state Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
“This bill just makes sense,” said McGonagle. “You can only qualify for this repayment plan if you’ve met all the other requirements for license reinstatement, but this just lessens the burden of having to pay a sizable amount all at once. Instead of paying $2,000 out of pocket, you can pay as little as $25 a month and start driving again, which is critical for many in their daily lives. The bill also safeguards against defaulters, that if you miss a payment, your license is suspended again. We are trying to give our residents the help and support they deserve.”