Senator Jason Lewis has been effective in delivering results for his constituents, and has been a strong progressive leader for Massachusetts.
Local Accomplishments: Championing Community Development and Securing Resources for Local Projects
Secured state funding for numerous local cultural and historic preservation projects, including rehabilitating the Beebe Estate, renovating the Albion Cultural Exchange, renovating Memorial Hall, restoring the historic organ in Stoneham Town Hall, repairing the Wyoming Cemetery wall, fixing the Stoneham Senior Center roof, and supporting the Malden ArtLine and Follow Your Art Community Studios.
Secured state funding for numerous local economic development and infrastructure projects, including downtown redevelopment projects, road safety and streetscape improvements, wayfinding improvements, accessibility upgrades, and Main Streets initiatives.
Championed new school building projects across the district, helping to secure tens of millions of dollars in funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
Championed effort to increase state funding for peer-to-peer recovery centers, which enabled the opening of the Bridge Recovery Center in Malden.
Championed various efforts to support Zoo New England (which operates the Stone Zoo), including the construction of a new bus stop at Stone Zoo on the MBTA 132 bus route, passing legislation to reorganize ZNE’s governance and increase private fundraising capacity, and securing millions of dollars for operations and capital improvements.
Helped secure $2 million in federal stimulus funding for accessibility improvements (new ramps and mini-high platform) at Wedgemere Station.
Led efforts in the state legislature to create a Complete Streets program, that assists our communities with improving pedestrian and bicycle safety, and to support the Mass in Motion program that promotes opportunities for healthy living.
Statewide Accomplishments: Leading Efforts to Improve Health and Advance Economic and Social Justice
Led passage of legislation to expand the public service scholarship program for family members of veterans.
Led passage of legislation to enable local school districts to create Special Education Stabilization Funds, a helpful tool for managing unanticipated special education costs.
Sponsored numerous successful budget amendments, including providing state funding for the first time for Low Income Tax Clinics that help people apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and increasing funding for substance use recovery centers, school-based health centers, and other health and human service programs.