I William Burke as your hopeful next state representative am truly very excited to help Quincy Residents become career successful and create new businesses and new jobs for our people. I feel it is my responsibility and part of my job description to somehow bring a few strategic government resources for which our tax dollars pay for anyway into Quincy. Our people especially our up and coming generations will use these resources to get on that road of success in life and career. I myself first started in private business back in the 80's as a computer programmer for Filene's Basement and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I always did love writing programs to make things happen on the computer. It was fun for me, turning requests from users into logical machine code to solve tasks. Next in my career development I took the initiative to become a small business startup entrepreneur. I felt the desire as many of us do to venture out on my own and try to make a success of something. Luckily and with a lot of hard work and more tough times than I would care to reminisce about I finally built the largest discount home heating oil company on the south shore. Burke oil co. I am 53 years old now and I have been around business and business start-ups. I have plenty of experience in business planning and development. I have been deeply engaged in internet marketing and website e-commerce development. My goal with this plan is to obtain a few employees from and paid by state government. These will be field experts in internet marketing and web development along with a couple great project leaders etc... I wish to make these folks available to the public at some minor cost, and possibly no cost at all. Basically collecting money for services is not the goal here. The goal is to take great people with good ideas and get them working, making money and hiring people. This business incubation space will is already in existence here in Quincy and being used by new businesses currently. I propose to add the new Business Boosters Team to the Quincy Center for Innovation. This center is currently run by Tim Cahill and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. The infrastructure is in place, the plan is close to being in place and management is already in place. The ingredients are here for success. Governments job and mine will be to help all this come together. Government working for you, helping the community create jobs. One major underutilized marketing tool that I feel is a great sales booster for business that this team will focus on is the idea of producing a great presence the internet. Page 1 on Google helps like you can't believe and is not that hard to achieve for local markets. The assistance with online marketing and online sales can be offered directly to existing small companies looking to break out of being small but haven't taken the steps to do so yet. E-commerce and startup incubation can and will create small business owners and jobs here in Quincy. I William Burke as your next State Rep can help make this happen. Lets have Quincy set goals for creating jobs now with our existing businesses and in the future with our next generation of up and coming young people. This is so exciting to me and please let me try and make it happen
Asian-Americans are apposed to and protesting a bill introduced by state Representative Tackey Chan of Quincy that would require state agencies to collect aggregate data on Asian-American groups in the Commonwealth. According to Chan, the goal of the bill is to provide legislators with a better sense of the demographics and needs of the Asian-American community in the state.
As a response to The Quincy Sun’s article “Climate Action Network Disappointed by Rep. Chan”, I would like to express my unwavering opposition to the Fore River Compressor Station. Having been a proud resident of Quincy for many years, I consider the installation of this compressor station to be the biggest public health issue of our time and I join most all Quincy residents and elected officials in expressing my opposition. The proposed compressor station at Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth is dangerous and will adversely effect many Quincy and Weymouth residents, most crucially the 900+ residents who live within a half-mile of the proposed site and 3,100 young vulnerable children who live within a one mile radius. It will expose the residents of our neighborhoods to toxic air pollution throughout the area of the Fore River basin. This compressor station will, by design, release certain emissions on a scheduled basis (known as blowdowns) for maintenance to relieve gas pressure. During these blowdowns untreated natural gas containing toxic chemicals is released into Quincy’s air with potentially serious adverse public health risks. We are told by the corporate interests pushing this project that these known potential carcinogens will dissipate and evaporate in the atmosphere and not cause any residual effects to the population of the residential communities surrounding the Fore River basin. In my opinion, this is simply not true, and it seems that every civic group and elected official is aware, except our current state Rep Tackey Chan. In stark contrast to Chan’s posture, opposition by has been expressed by Quincy’s Senator John Keenan, Rep. Bruce Ayers, Mayor Tom Koch, City Councilors Margaret Laforest and Brad Croall, and several other members of the state legislature and other officials from neighboring cities and towns have all expressed opposition and serious concern regarding the location and proposed operations of this compressor station at Fore River. Why has Tackey Chan essentially supported this hazardous project and downplayed the threat posed? Chan merely expressed his apprehension that without the compressor station Quincy residents would lack sufficient gas heat supply on cold winter days and nights. Mr. Tackey Chan chooses a lame excuse for the rationalization of his support for these big business polluters. Folks can only wonder why he chooses to side with (corporate polluters) and not the safety of the people. Why Tackey? As the owner of Burke OilCompany, and a leading heating fuel business industry expert, in the area, I assure you there is plenty of supply, this is a non-issue. In addition, Attorney General Healy has already expressed, as far back as 2015, that the state already has sufficient gas supply for our current and future needs. Clearly Chan’s lack of effort in opposition and careless disregard for the severity of this issue is very alarming to me and many members of our community who are extremely concerned about this project. As a resident of Quincy, I fear not only for our public safety but also fear having representation on Beacon Hill refusing to recognize the danger of this project. I wish to be the advocate for Quincy onBeacon Hill who will listen to the community’s concerns, look out for our common good, and not leave constituents exposed to threats from big business without scrutiny and pushback. Civic action groups like Quincy Climate Action Network (QCAN) and Fore River Residents Against the Compressor have been let down by Rep. Chan on this issue and others. He doesn’t seem to be concerned about this crucial public health issue we are now facing. I am committed to fighting for the health of our environment and our people. I promise the constituents of Quincy that if my campaign to be elected to the State Legislature next November 7th, 2018 is successful, I will stand and give my full effort in opposition to the installation of this compressor station at the Fore River Bridge. I ask for your support and your vote. Bill Burke Candidate for State Representative 2nd Norfolk District (Quincy)
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