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星期六, 2月 25, 2017
MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES,SUCCESSLINK 2017
Summer youth employment enrollment now available online
BOSTON - Friday, February 24, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the opening of SuccessLink, an online tool that enables Boston youth to register for summer jobs. The SuccessLink application will be available from Saturday, February 25th until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 31st. Teens can apply 24 hours a day on the BCYF Youth Engagement & Employment Division website on boston.gov.
"A summer job is so much more than just a paycheck," said Mayor Walsh. "It's also a chance to explore career options, experience new things and meet new people. Giving our young people an opportunity to have a summer job builds confidence and sets students on the path for a successful career."
Through SuccessLink, young people can register for the summer Youth Employment Program lottery, get connected to resources and join civic engagement initiatives designed to empower youth. Applicants will be able to manage and update their information online.
Teens interested in applying must meet the following requirements:
Boston is a leader in youth employment across the nation with a focus on offering meaningful employment opportunities to young people ages 15-18. Summer opportunities include paid positions with the Boston Police Department, Zoo New England, radio stations, Boston municipal government departments and and as tutors, mentors and counselors at many summer day programs. Last summer nearly 3,000 young people were employed through SuccessLink.
Applying for a summer position with SuccessLink does not guarantee a job. Applicants can visit BCYF Division of Youth Engagement & Employment at 1483 Tremont Street, Roxbury, or call 617-635-4202 for assistance with the application. Visit www.boston.gov/health-and-human-services/youth-employment-programs for more information.
CONTRACTORS FOR ASSEMBLY SQUARE STATION IN SOMERVILLE TO PAY MORE THAN $420,000 FOR SUBMITTING FALSE CLAIMS
CONTRACTORS FOR ASSEMBLY SQUARE STATION IN SOMERVILLE TO PAY MORE THAN $420,000 FOR SUBMITTING FALSE CLAIMS
General Contractor and Electrical Subcontractor Knowingly Submitted Inflated Pay Estimates for Materials to Build the MBTA’s Orange Line Station
BOSTON – A New Hampshire-based general contractor and one of its subcontractors have agreed to pay more than $420,000 for submitting false and inflated payment requests in connection with their construction of the Assembly Square Station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Orange Line in Somerville, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
S&R Construction Enterprises, its president Stephen Early, subcontractor A&S Electrical LLC and its manager Gregory Lane agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false and inflated pay estimates to improperly front load payments under their contracts. In addition, S&R Construction and A&S Electrical are barred from bidding on and accepting new public contracts in Massachusetts for five years and one year, respectively.
“Building new public transportation infrastructure is how we will move Massachusetts forward, and taxpayers deserve confidence in how we spend every dollar,” said AG Healey. “Overbilling and front-loading creates unacceptable risks of delays and degrades the integrity of our public contracting. Taking on this fraud is a top priority.”
“We are very pleased with this result, and thank the AG's office for its excellent work in pursuing these claims,” said MassDOT/MBTA General Counsel John Englander.
The AG’s Office investigated this matter following a referral by the Inspector General’s Office which received a tip that A&S Electrical requested inflated invoices from one of his subcontractors.
“This is a solid example of how a call to our fraud hotline led to a joint investigation by the AGO and our office resulting in significant recovery for the taxpayers,” said Massachusetts Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha.
The Commonwealth’s complaint alleges that S&R Construction and A&S Electrical violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act by knowingly submitting to the MBTA false and inflated requests for payment reflecting that they had purchased construction materials in greater quantities or at higher prices than they had actually purchased, in order to receive larger payments than they were entitled to at the time under the lump sum contract.
Under the terms of the consent judgments entered Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, S&R Construction and A&S Electrical admitted there were sufficient facts to support a finding that they submitted inflated requests for payment to the MBTA. The settlements require the defendants to pay more than $420,000 to resolve the allegations, including at least $110,000 in civil penalties.
S&R Construction has also been cited by the AG’s Office for its failure to pay the prevailing wage and failure to submit true and accurate time records on both the construction of the Assembly Square Station and the construction of the Wachusett Commuter Rail Station on the Fitchburg Line. The citations require S&R Construction to pay over $40,000 in restitution to its employees and over $25,000 in penalties.
The false claims matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Cassandra Arriaza of AG Healey’s False Claims Division and OIG Investigator Ellen Silberman, with assistance from Paralegal Krista Roche, and Kristen Salera and Colleen Frost, both of the AG’s Civil Investigations Division, and with full cooperation from the MBTA.
The prevailing wage matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Erik Bennett, with assistance from Investigator Tom Lam, both of AG Healey’s Fair Labor Division.
Boston Public Schools launches comprehensive immigration resource website for families, students, and educators
"BPS: We Dream Together" provides broad range of information in multiple languages
BOSTON - Friday, February 23, 2017 - In an effort to reaffirm support for immigrants and embrace students of all cultural backgrounds, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) has launched a comprehensive website that provides a wealth of resources and educational tools to support immigrant students and their families.
The website, titled, "BPS: We Dream Together," (http://bpswedreamtogether.org) offers information in 15 languages on a range of immigration issues, including understanding one's rights, scholarship information for undocumented immigrant students, a hate crime hotline, supporting Muslim families, and educational tools for teachers on how to engage in civic conversations in the classroom.
"The City of Boston and the Boston Public Schools will never turn their backs on families who are seeking a better life," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "We are committed to making sure students and families of all cultural backgrounds succeed, and feel safe and welcome in their schools and neighborhoods."
The BPS Office of English Language Learners worked closely with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement to provide dozens of resources and information for the immigrant community and educators in a centralized, online location. The district's protocols for immigrant students are also listed on the website, which expressly state that BPS does not and will not require families to provide information pertaining to their immigration statuses during school enrollment.
"We must ensure that our schools remain safe and secure spaces for our immigrant students and their families," said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill. "We commend BPS for its broad outreach to inform immigrant families of their legal rights."
Boston Public Schools is proud to be one of the most diverse school districts in the nation - with nearly half of all students speaking a language other than English at home, representing 139 different native countries.
"We will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration statuses," said BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang. "We will welcome and teach every single student who enters our classrooms. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values as a school system and as a city. We are a 'Culture of We,' and we are one BPS family."
The BPS: We Dream Together website is unique in that it acts as a resource for both families and educators, and provides links to professional development for teachers to deepen their knowledge on immigration and increase the understanding of how it affects our students.
Included as links or points of information on the website are:
"In uncertain times, having these valuable resources culminated in an easily accessible, multilingual format is crucial for families who want to feel safe sending their children to school," said Frances Esparza, Assistant Superintendent of the Office of English Language Learners. "We want to make sure that all of our students and staff know that everyone is supported in the Boston Public Schools regardless of their immigration status, race, sexual orientation or gender identity."
(Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導)波士頓交通局(BTD)2月24日宣佈，將採取措施改善波士頓交通繁忙的華埠街道安全。
波士頓交通局將在未來數個月內和亞美社區發展協會(ACDC)，波士頓主街，華埠安全委員會，華埠居民會，以及華埠社區議會(Chinatown Neighborhood Council)合作這一行動，並將採納華埠暑期青年領袖項目學生們的意見。
BOSTON TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON CHINATOWN STREETS
City of Boston to partner with the Asian Community Development Corporation and Chinatown Main Streets to improve safety
BOSTON - Friday, February 24, 2017 - The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) today announced measures to improve safety on local streets in Boston's bustling Chinatown neighborhood, as well as additional enhancements planned for the coming months. The work is being accomplished in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation, Chinatown Main Streets, Chinatown Safety Committee, Chinatown Residents Association and Chinatown Neighborhood Council, with input from Chinatown Summer Youth Leadership students.
"Chinatown is a vibrant community and it is vital the neighborhood's streets are both safe and functional for residents, local businesses, daily commuters, tourists and visitors," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I'd like to thank the Chinatown community for partnering with us and providing insight into the specific transportation needs of their neighborhood. We look forward to continuing to work with residents to create the best street conditions in Chinatown."
To date, BTD has completed the following improvements at six signalized intersections on Kneeland Street between Washington Street and Atlantic Avenue:
BTD crews have also repainted all crosswalks at the following nearby intersections in the neighborhood:
"The modifications made at these intersections will work to reduce congestion, increase sight distance and enrich the travel environment for all users of the roadway along Kneeland Street and throughout Chinatown," said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. "BTD will continue to monitor safety and movement on local streets in the neighborhood and make adjustments as necessary."
Plans are also underway to repaint pavement markings this upcoming construction season on Kneeland Street, from Washington Street to Atlantic Avenue.
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