Local leadership in the face of Covid-19
The Gateway Cities Journal
From the standpoint of both public health and social and economic well-being, COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for Gateway Cities. We can approach this test with a high degree of confidence, knowing that our communities faced a slew of difficult challenges in the past, and in each and every instance, they powerfully demonstrated that resiliency is a naturally endowed trait.
Civic leaders in Gateway Cities are acutely aware of what residents need and they work together day in and day out to provide it. The trust and relationships they have built allow them to see and respond to issues in real-time, fashioning creative solutions to make the most out of limited resources.
Given the magnitude of this multi-dimensional challenge, it is certain that our local leaders will need new forms of support from state and federal policymakers. Over the years, the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus has drawn on the collective wisdom of local officials and civic leaders to advance a shared policy agenda. Your insight is particularly crucial now. We are eager to learn more about your needs and how legislation drafted in response to the crisis can be tailored to meet them.
We appreciate that finding time in the day to collect thoughts will be difficult as you work to serve your constituents and make time for family. But sending a short message directly to our offices (or MassINC and other partners who advocate on your behalf) can go a long way.
Together, we will overcome this challenge.
Sen. Eric Lesser
Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral
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