News and Updates

Hinds Secures $29.7M for Local Projects in State Capital Bill

Staff Reports06:36PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
BOSTON — State Senator Adam G. Hinds, D- Pittsfield, has been able to place $1.2 million toward design and engineering for a new North Adams public safety building, $4 million toward a Pittsfield Police station, and $500,000 toward a new roof on Clarksburg School. 
The funds were secured in the $29.7 million in capital spending authorizations for local projects in S. 2279, "An Act providing for capital facility repair and improvements for the Commonwealth," a bond bill engrossed by the state Senate.
"Securing these spending authorizations is critical for timely and much needed capital investments in our local schools, housing stock, public safety facilities and downtown infrastructure," said Hinds. 
The bill also includes $6 million for the Columbus Avenue Parking Garage in Pittsfield, an amount previously earmarked in a 2014 capital billthat has not been released. The entire cost of replacing the structure was pegged at $9.4 million four years ago. 
During its formal session the state Senate voted to authorize up to $3.65 billion in bonds for repairs and improvements of capital facilities across the commonwealth. Spending authorizations in the bill include bonds for state university and community college campus improvements, public safety and security facilities and clean energy and efficiency programs.
North Adams has been seeking a solution to its outdated and dilapidated public safety building for a number of years. The city is under an order by the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve the 60-year-old structure's noncompliance with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act. 
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First 100 Days: By the Numbers

Today marks my 100th day in office as the state Senator representing the 52 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District. This opportunity remains a great honor, and an immense responsibility. As I reflect on that milestone, I thought I would share an update and show you what that looks like in numbers.
Team Hinds/Office Locations:
My first act was to assemble a talented and dynamic team of Senate staffers. Together they have almost three decades of state government experience. Working from Pittsfield, Williamsburg and the State House, the outreach and constituent casework my team has been able to provide is remarkable.
  • 2,270: number of constituent cases and requests for assistance we’ve opened and worked on since January 4th. This includes assisting with various state agencies or programs, policy or budget testimony we’ve placed on record, support letters for local initiatives, and more.
Agenda for Western Mass:
In February I released my “Agenda for Western Mass,” featuring policy and issues I intend to tackle. Most were priorities identified by you in conversations and forums I held in the campaign and early this session.
  • 8: number of bills I’ve sponsored
  • 83: number of bills I’ve co-sponsored
  • 102: number of emails/calls/letters I’ve received on constituent budget priorities
  • 1,376: number of emails/calls/letters I’ve received from constituents on pending bills they support or oppose
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February 16, 2017                                                                                                                           





BOSTON – State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) announces today that he has been named Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, as well as Senate vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.


Hinds said, “These Committees are critical for building our economy and creating jobs. Attracting more people to the region means doubling down on tourism, culture and economic development.  In this role I will be focused on strengthening existing businesses, attracting others, and increasing incomes for working families.”


The Joint Committee on Tourism has jurisdiction over all legislation concerning tourism, arts and cultural development in the Commonwealth.  Senator Julian Cyr (D- Truro) will serve as Hinds’ vice-chair.


The economic power of tourism is evident throughout Hinds’ district.  According to 1Berkshire, the countywide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, live and grow a business, spending in Berkshire County by visitors has increased by more than 25% in five years, equaling more than $453 million.  Statewide, tourism is recognized as the #3 industry in Massachusetts, accounting for 135,000 jobs, $1.3 billion in annual tax revenue and $20.2 billion in direct spending.


“We're very pleased to hear about these committee assignments for our new State Senator. It will be significant for our region to have this influential voice helping steer policy and funding within these economic areas that are so critical to the Berkshires and western Mass,” said Jonathan Butler, President & CEO, 1Berkshire.

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Senator Hinds Assumes Office


January 4, 2017                                                                                                               


BOSTON – Today State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) joined his colleagues in the historic Senate Chamber on Beacon Hill to take the Oath of Office and begin serving as State Senator of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District.  

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