STATEMENT OF MIDDLESEX SHERIFF PETER
KOUTOUJIAN REGARDING THE CONVICTION OF FORMER CORRECTIONS OFFICER
"After receiving an anonymous tip, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office conducted
an investigation into allegations of drug use by Sergeant Michael Dell’Isola.
Our internal affairs unit immediately turned over information gathered during
its probe to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and worked hand in hand
with the State Police throughout the subsequent investigation.
The actions of Mr. Dell'Isola in this case are troubling, but they should not
be allowed to taint the good work performed each and every day by the dedicated
men and women of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
I would like to thank the Massachusetts State Police and District Attorney
Gerry Leone and his staff for their hard work and professionalism throughout
GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES
MASSDOT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOSTON – Tuesday, September 11, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced
the membership of the newly expanded Massachusetts Department of Transportation
(MassDOT) Board of Directors, adding to the panel new individuals with extensive
expertise and proven leadership in transportation and business.
The Governor appointed new members Alan G. Macdonald and Joseph C. Bonfiglio
and reappointed former Board chairman John R. Jenkins and former Board members
Ferdinand Alvaro, Janice Loux, and Andrew Whittle. Secretary Richard A. Davey
will serve as an ex-officio member as prescribed by legislation passed in July
expanding the board to seven members from five.
“We are at a crossroads in transportation and must tackle the challenges we
face head on,” said Governor Patrick. “I have confidence that this Board, with
its depth of expertise and its understanding of the importance of a strong
transportation system to a robust 21st century economy, will rise to
the challenges and help us find ways to maintain and improve our transportation
system for the long-term.”
The Board will be chaired by John Jenkins, who served as chairman of both the
MassDOT and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Boards before they
were dissolved. He led the Board through a difficult fare increase process
earlier this year as the MBTA hosted more than 30 public meetings to gather
input on fare and service changes to balance the MBTA’s budget. A Natick
resident, Jenkins also served as a member of the Board of the former
Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.
Macdonald served as executive director of the Massachusetts Business
Roundtable for 23 years before his retirement. In addition, he has served as
both chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee and as a member of the
Transportation Finance Commission that in 2007 identified the Commonwealth’s
transportation finance challenges and issued recommendations for closing the
Bonfiglio represents nearly 20,000 construction workers and public service
employees in his role as Business Manager for the Massachusetts and Northern New
England Laborers’ District Council. He brings to the board a unique perspective
and passion for ensuring workers are protected on the job.
“Alan and Joe are great additions to the Board, and I look forward to working
with them and the rest of the members as we build on the good work that began
with transportation reform, ” said Secretary Davey.
Returning board members Jenkins, Loux, Alvaro and Whittle have made a
demonstrated commitment to improving the state of our transportation
- Professor Andrew Whittle, a geotechnical engineer, currently serves as
Department Head of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology’s Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Ferdinand Alvaro is Partner-in-Charge of the Adorno & Yoss LLP Boston
office and Co-Chair of the National Business Law Group.
- Janice Loux is the first female president of UNITE HERE! Local 26,
representing more than 6,300 hotel and food service workers in metropolitan
Boston. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the MBTA for 15
GOVERNOR PATRICK VISITS
ABIOMED, HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATION AND RESEARCH AS KEY PARTS OF MASSACHUSETTS’
WORLD-LEADING LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY
DANVERS – Thursday, September 13, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today visited
Abiomed, a Danvers life sciences company that creates instruments designed to
help the pumping function of the heart, to promote the innovation and research
programs that have made Massachusetts a world leader in the life sciences
“With a growing industry of companies that are committed to innovation and
making us healthier, Massachusetts has become a world leader in life sciences,”
said Governor Patrick. “Abiomed’s pioneering work in heart technology is
indicative of the kind of advancements Massachusetts companies are making on
behalf of patients and doctors around the world.”
“Abiomed is proud to host Governor Deval Patrick and appreciates his
continued support to the medical device industry,” said Michael R. Minogue,
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abiomed. “Massachusetts, by
design, is home to some of the leading hospitals, universities and medical
device companies in the world. We must continue to collaborate in order to
create policies that help small businesses and to sustain an environment that
supports innovation for patients and cost-effective care.”
Governor Patrick strengthened Massachusetts’ global leadership in life
sciences in 2008 by signing a 10-year, $1 billion life sciences investment
package. Over the last four years, the Commonwealth has invested more than $300
million in the industry, leveraging more than $938 million in third-party
investments and creating thousands of jobs in both construction and in the life
The Life Sciences Initiative melds all of the state’s key resources in order
to spur research, investment, innovation and commercialization. Now the life
sciences industry in Massachusetts is thriving, with more than 52 percent job
growth in the biopharma sector since 2001 and more than 80,000 employees working
in the life sciences.
In June, Massachusetts hosted the BIO International Convention, which brought
more than 15,000 participants and 3,000 companies to Boston. BIO gave Governor
Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, state and industry leaders an
opportunity to showcase Massachusetts as a global leader in the life sciences
industry, and the preeminent place for life sciences companies to invest in and
expand. During the convention, Governor Patrick announced innovation
partnerships with regions in Spain, and Denmark and Sweden, and the creation of
a neuroscience consortium formed by seven companies.
Founded in 1981, Abiomed employs more than 400 people and maintains its
corporate headquarters in Danvers with a European division in Aachen, Germany.
The company focuses on developing new technologies designed to assist or replace
the life-sustaining pumping function of the heart. Abiomed developed the first
total replacement heart and the world’s smallest heart pump.
“Under the leadership of Governor Patrick, Massachusetts has firmly
established its role as an international leader in life sciences,” said Senator
Gale Candaras, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and
Emerging Technologies. “The Governor and the Legislature are dedicated to
fostering the kind of innovative scientific work that advances technology and
creates jobs within the Commonwealth. The success of Abiomed in Massachusetts is
a model for other companies looking to call Massachusetts home.”
“I am so pleased the Governor is visiting Abiomed today,” said State
Representative Ted Speliotis. “Abiomed is a world leader in innovation and they
are one of several companies on the North Shore working to provide us with a
longer and healthier life. No work is more important.”
“Thank you to the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to the Life
Sciences Initiative. With their support, companies like Abiomed are welcome to
thrive in Massachusetts,” said Senator Frederick Berry