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  • Breaking News

    BILL WAS A GUEST ON BOSTON.COM’S “MORNING SHOW” WITH HOST KIM CARRIGAN REGARDING COMMUTER RAIL PERFORMANCE BY PRIVATE CONTRACTOR KEOLIS

    On July 21st the MBTA decided to redirect over $7 million in Keolis fines back into the commuter rail system. Will that work as an incentive for Keolis to improve its performance? You can listen to the interview which was broadcast on WRKO radio using the link here.

    Picture 286Boston 2024 Has Some Explaining to Do.

    Olympics proponents have proceeded to make their case based upon a
    promise not to rely on taxpayer financing. That commitment has come into
    question because of the release of new documents this week. I discussed
    this question during a May 28 appearance on WGBH TV’s Greater Boston
    with Jim Braude. Please watch the segment.

    News and Press

    Bill was a guest on NECN’s Broadside news show regarding the collapse of the Boston 2024 Olympics proposal.

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    Lawmaker wants T to release on-time data regularly

    Representative William Straus, a Mattapoisett Democrat who serves as the cochair of the Joint Transportation Committee, asked the transportation department and the MBTA to release daily data on the performance of the subway, bus, and commuter rail system. Read more
    See a sample of what the MBTA already prepares for a daily service report:  Download

    Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking

    Habitat for Humanity GroundbreakingBill participates in the Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking [more]

    Bill addresses a DEP public hearing

    Bill addresses a DEP public hearingBill addresses a DEP public hearing in opposition to the [more]

    Our Lady Angels Procession in North Fairhaven

    Our Lady Angels Procession in North FairhavenBill participating in the 2014 Our Lady Angels Procession in [more]

    Memorial Day 2014

    Memorial Day 2014 Bill marched in the 2014 Memorial Day Parade in Mattapoisett [more]

    Massachusetts Port Compact Signing

    Massachusetts Port Compact SigningApril 2012. Bill participates in signing of the new Massachusetts [more]

    Reading

    ReadingApril 2012 - Bill was a recent guest reader with [more]

    Van Dedication

    Van DedicationJuly 2012. Bill joins members of the Fairhaven Council on [more]

    Cranberry Growers

    Cranberry GrowersAugust 2012. Bill attends the annual meeting of the Cape [more]

    Veteran's Day 2013

    Veteran's Day 2013Photo: Sippican Week and SippicanVillageSoup.com November 2013 Bill joins Mattapoisett Veterans [more]

    Bill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack

    Bill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormackBill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack at [more]

    Bill tours Joseph Abboud

    Bill tours Joseph AbboudFebruary 2012 - Bill tours Joseph Abboud menswear in New [more]

    Guest Reader in Middleboro

    Guest Reader in MiddleboroMarch 2011 - Bill recently was a Guest Reader to [more]

    Bill is Guest Reader

    Bill is Guest ReaderMarch 2011 - Bill recently was a Guest Reader to [more]

    Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

    Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of CommerceSeptember 2010 - Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce [more]

    Bill helps dedicate new Council on Aging vans

    Bill helps dedicate new Council on Aging vansJuly 2010 - Bill helps dedicate new Council on Aging [more]

    Massachusetts Nursery Industry

    Massachusetts Nursery IndustryJune 2010. Bill is briefed on developments within the Massachusetts [more]

    Stan Ellis Retires

    Stan Ellis RetiresMay 2010. Bil Congratulates Stan Ellis on his final Memorial [more]

    Bill was recognized by the Greater Boston Food Bank

    Bill was recognized by the Greater Boston Food BankMarch 2010. Bill was recognized by the Greater Boston Food [more]

    Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking

    Habitat for Humanity GroundbreakingBill participates in the Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking [more]

    Message

    Bill Straus has represented the 10th Bristol District in the Massachusetts Legislature since his election in 1992. Bill received his bachelors degree from Middlebury College, his law degree from Georgetown University and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Prior to his election as Representative, Bill served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County for six years. He also was a member of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission and was a founding board member of the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council for several years.

    Bill is the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation. He has been involved extensively in transportation issues as a legislator. He was the original sponsor of legislation that added the Port of New Bedford to the Steamship Authority system now connecting New Bedford with Martha’s Vineyard. Bill has been a longtime advocate for the extension of commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River, as well as extension of the Middleboro line further south into Plymouth County. As Transportation Chairman this term, Bill’s work has already lead to a 33% jump in local road and bridge money that goes directly to the towns and cities from the state and new sources of increased state funding for the regional transit authorities which provide public transportation outside of Boston.

    Bill has also worked on a number of issues in the legislature including education, the environment, healthcare and privacy matters. He is the original sponsor of the state’s ‘do-not’call’ list to protect people from nuisance calls from telemarketers.