Murphy explains teeing-off on Patrick
Thanks to State House Reporter Chris Camire for Wednesday’s Column Blog post
State Rep. Kevin Murphy had harsh words for the Gov. Deval Patrick Tuesday, after the governor vetoed $200,000 Murphy secured for Lowell open-space improvements in the new state budget.
Murphy said his sharp tongue was borne out of his frustration with the Patrick administration delaying the construction of a new judicial center planned for the city.
“The day before (Patrick) was re-elected, he stood on the site of the judicial center and told everyone the first thing that would happen is he would make sure there is a judicial center,” said Murphy, a Lowell Democrat. “He said it’s going to be built. Well build it now. Do it now.”
The gubernatorial visit Murphy is referencing occurred at the Appleton Mills construction site in Lowell in November 2010, one day before Patrick fended off Republican challenger Charlie Baker to win re-election. Patrick made the stop to highlight his support for job creation and his commitment to the region, according to a story that ran in The Sun.
“Lowell counts,” Patrick said at the event. “It matters to me.”
Murphy is dubious.
“He vetoed money that would have improved quality of life for children in city of Lowell,” he said of Patrick on Tuesday. “Maybe he ought to venture outside his tony suburb of Milton and see what we need here.”
Murphy added, “Nothing surprises me with this governor. He’s been very disappointing to me. I waited 12 years to get a Democratic governor and he’s gone against all his campaign promises.”
In April, the Patrick administration announced the decade-long effort to bring a new judicial center to Lowell would take even longer even longer than expected. The project will now not be completed until the summer of 2016 at the earliest.
As recently as a year ago, tentative plans called for construction of the courthouse to begin this summer, with a completion date set for late 2014 or early 2015.
City officials have said the project is vital to the success of the 15-acre Hamilton Canal District. It is expected to create construction jobs for the region, as well as lure lawyers and other professionals downtown, benefiting area businesses.
After state Sen. Eileen Donoghue requested a written commitment on the project’s schedule earlier this year, the state committed in writing in April to begin the design phase of the project in January of 2013.
Earlier this year, Division of Capital Asset Management Commissioner Carole Cornelison said: ”Projects of (this) scope and size often have delays, but DCAM remains committed to completing this project in a timely manner,”Explore posts in the same categories: The Column