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Senator Rotundo to Host Russell Street Project Meeting

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 10:56:07 EDT

LEWISTON - Senator Margaret Rotundo (D-Lewiston) will be hosting a meeting to discuss the first phase of the Russell St. traffic project Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pettingill Elementary School Cafeteria.

A state traffic engineer, the Associate Commissioner of the Dept of Transportation, the City Council President, the City Administrator, and other officials will be there to answer questions about the project and listen to neighbors' concerns.

"This project will have a major impact on the area, both during the work and after completion," Senator Rotundo said. "It will be a great opportunity for people who will be affected to have their questions answered."

The Pettingill Elementary School is located at 409 College St. in Lewiston. For more information contact Senator Rotundo at 784-3259



Senator Rotundo to Host Energy Conservation Workshop in Lewiston

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 16:15:38 EDT

Lewiston, Maine-The public is invited to an Energy Conservation Workshop at the Lewiston City Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The workshop is hosted by State Senator Margaret Rotundo (D-Lewiston), and it will feature a panel including representatives from Maine State Housing Authority, Efficiency Maine, the Lewiston Fire Department, Community Concepts, banks and oil dealers. They will talk about a variety of resources and tips area residents may be able to take advantage of to lower their heating costs.

"Staying warm this winter is first in all of our minds right now. Given how expensive it will be, we need to take advantage of all available resources," Senator Rotundo said. "It is critical that people learn how we can best help ourselves and each other in the coming months."

What: Energy Conservation Workshop

When: Tuesday, September 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Where: The City Council Chambers at 27 Pine St., Lewiston, ME

Who: State Senator Margaret Rotundo and a panel on Energy Conservation

ABOUT THE PANELISTS Jo-Ann Choate from Maine State Housing Authority will talk about a variety of programs available to the public including the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, MaineHousing's Weatherization Program and Central Heating Improvement Program, grants to low-income homeowners and renters to reduce energy costs by improving home energy efficiency, home energy audit services, and MaineHousing's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP).

David Kyle from Efficiency Maine will talk about rebate programs like the state's solar thermal rebate program, solar electric system rebates, and home auditing services that are available.

Bruce McKay from the Lewiston Fire Department will talk about important safety tips to consider when heating your home this winter.

Charlie Kennedy from Key Bank and Phil Moreau from Rainbow Federal Credit Union will be on hand to provide more details about that available loan programs.

Jim Wilkins from Community Concepts will describe their heating assistance and weatherization programs.

Jamie Py from the Maine Oil Dealers Association will be on hand to provide information concerning oil dealers and services and how they can help.



Local Legislators Help Celebrate Simones' Centenary

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 14:57:20 EDT

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AUGUSTA - Senator Peggy Rotundo(D-Androscoggin), Representative Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston), and Representative Beaulieu (R-Auburn) were on hand to help Simones' Hot Dog Stand in Lewiston celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Simones' Hot Dog Stand has been a family business since it was founded by the current owners' grandparents in 1908, and it has become a landmark in Lewiston. The family was presented with a Legislative Sentiment congratulating the establishment for reaching this milestone.

Senator Rotundo, in presenting the sentiment, said "I am very pleased to have this opportunity to honor this family and their contributions to the community. I want to wish them the best as they move forward into the future."



Senator Rotundo, Representative Koffman Honored with Inaugural Sunshine Awards

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:23:54 EDT

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*Photo: Maine Freedom of Information Coalition President Mal Leary, center, presents the group's first-ever Sunshine Awards to Rep. Ted Koffman and Sen. Peggy Rotundo*

AUGUSTA - The Maine Freedom of Information Coalition honored, Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Androscoggin and Representative Ted Koffman, D-Bar Harbor, with its inaugural Sunshine Award. The legislators served as co-chairs of the first two legislative Freedom of Information Study Committees.

The study committee made significant positive changes to Maine's right to know law, including requiring that any legislation proposing an exception to the law be reviewed by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee. Mal Leary, president of the MFOIC, said that the legislation is the first of its kind in the nation and is being used as a model across the country.

"People have a right to know what is going on in their government," Senator Rotundo said. "I am very proud of this award and the work I did with the Freedom of Information Study Committees."

Leary said Rotundo and Koffman were chosen for the awards because of their work on the committees and "their steadfast support of open government legislation through their legislative careers."

The Maine Freedom of Information Coalition was founded eight years ago by individuals and groups concerned about openness in government. Members of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, the Maine Press Association, the Maine Broadcasters Association and the Maine Civil Liberties Union all came together to advocate for open government in Maine.

Senator Rotundo is also the winner inaugural Freedom of Information Award from the Maine Press Association.



Legislative Committee Endorse Bridge Name Change

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:58:02 EST

Augusta - Senator Rotundo (D-Androscoggin County) is pleased to announce that the Legislature's Transportation Committee voted today to officially change the name of the South Bridge between Lewiston and Auburn to the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge.

The name change will honor Dr. Bernard Lown, a cardiologist who is recognized for advancing the science of heart defibrillation. Dr. Lown was also the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 as a co-founding member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

The Lewiston and Auburn City Councils have unanimously approved the renaming of the bridge. The bill will now go to the Senate and House for final approval.

The text of Senator Rotundo's testimony in support of the bill, which was sponsored by Representative Wagner (D-Lewiston), is below.

Testimony of Senator Peggy Rotundo In Support of LD 2101 - "Resolve, To Change the Name of the South Bridge between Lewiston and Auburn" - January 15, 2008

Good morning Senator Damon, Representative Marley and members of the Transportation. I am Senator Rotundo, proudly representing District 16, Lewiston, and I am here to speak in support of LD 2101.

I am very proud to be here today in support of this bill and the proposal to rename the South Bridge linking Lewiston and Auburn after Dr. Lown. In honoring him and his work, we call attention to a Maine son who has brought honor to the Lewiston- Auburn community and this State through his critical achievements in the field of medicine and through his astounding work to bring peace to the world. What a fitting monument this bridge linking the two communities is for this great and humble man. As you have heard this name change has been unanimously endorsed by the Auburn and Lewiston City Councils. We now ask for your support of this change.

Thank you very much for your consideration.



Senate Okays Boost to Veterans' Transportation Fund

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 01:02:05 EDT

Augusta-The Maine Senate Thursday Morning gave final approval to a bill sponsored by State Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Androscoggin County, that would provide $25,000 over the next two years to help support the operating costs of the disabled American veterans transportation network.

The network provides round-trip transportation services to Veterans' Administration medical facilities.

"In such a tight budget, I am pleased that I was able to help secure funding for this important program that helps many of our Veterans' travel back and forth to medical facilities such as Togus," said Senator Peggy Rotundo.

The bill now goes to Governor John Baldacci for his consideration.



Alan Tonelson to Address the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 09:09:12 EDT

AUGUSTA-State Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, is pleased to announce that author Alan Tonelson will speak to the Citizen Trade Policy Commission on Tuesday, April 24th @ Noon about U.S. trade policy. Alan Tonelson is a nationally-known writer and analyst on U.S. trade policy and the U.S./global economy. He is a Research Fellow with the U.S. Business and Industry Council's Educational Foundation. Tonelson also spoke at the University of Maine on Monday. The Citizens Trade Policy Commission was established by the Legislature in May of 2004 to assess and monitor the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements on state and local laws, working conditions and the business environment; to provide a mechanism for citizens and Legislators to voice their concerns and recommendations and to make policy recommendations designed to protect Maine's jobs, business environment and laws from any negative impact of trade agreements. The Commission consists of 17 voting members representing a broad spectrum of interested parties and 5 nonvoting members from five state governmental departments.Who: Author Alan Tonelson, CTPCWhat: Tonelson to address Maine Citizen Trade Policy CommissionWhen: Tuesday, April 24th @ NoonWhere: Room 600, Cross Office BuildingMore on Alan Tonelson below:ALAN TONELSON is a Research Fellow at the U.S. Business & Industry Council Educational Foundation, a Washington, D.C. research organization studying U.S. national security, technology, and economic policy. In 2001, he was appointed as a Research Associate at The George Washington University's Center for International Science and Technology Policy. In 2004, he became a news consultant to CNN anchor Lou Dobbs. The New Republic has called him "probably the most significant economist spreading the nationalist gospel." He was also named one of Washington's "Top China Watchers" by The International Economy magazine.Tonelson's recent book, The Race to the Bottom: Why A Global Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade are Sinking American Living Standards, was published by Westview Press in November, 2000, and was issued in paperback in fall, 2002. He is also a Columnist for the Foundation's AmericanEconomicAlert.org website. In Fall, 2002, the Henry L. Stimson Center awarded Tonelson a Visiting Fellowship in China, where he studied Chinese perceptions of America's security and economic interests in East Asia. Tonelson's articles on American politics, foreign policy, national security, and globalization policy have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The National Interest, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The Journal of Strategic Studies, as well as in several anthologies. In addition, he appears often on such radio and television networks and programs as The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Lou Dobbs Tonight (CNN), WGN-AM (Chicago) and TalkStar Radio. He is co-editor of Powernomics: Economics and Strategy after the Cold War (Economic Strategy Institute and Madison Books). Tonelson has testified before the U.S.-China Security Review Commission, the Senate and House Commerce Committees, the House Small Business Committee, the House International Relations Committee, and the Congressional Trade Deficit Review Commission. In 2001, he participated in the Quadrennial Defense Review seminar series held by the U.S. Navy He has also lectured at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, The National Defense University, the Senate Northeast-Midwest Coalition, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the New America Foundation, Columbia University, Harvard University, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Richard Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom, the New America Foundation, the David Sar[...]



Committee to Consider Providing Support for Veterans' Transportation Funds

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 17:02:17 EDT

Augusta-The Legislature's Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee, Wednesday, will consider a bill sponsored by State Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Androscoggin County, that would provide $15,000 per year in annual state support to help with the operating costs of the disabled American veterans transportation network.

The network provides round-trip transportation services to Veterans' Administration medical facilities.

Who: Senator Peggy Rotundo

What: Work Session: LD 999, An Act To Improve Transportation for Veterans

When: Wednesday, April 11th @ 1:00 p.m.

Where: Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee

Listen Online: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/legal_cmte.html

More info on the bill is online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280023669



Workplace Bullying Addressed in Rotundo Bill

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 16:46:47 EDT

Augusta-State Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Androscoggin County, Tuesday, will present a bill to the Legislature's Labor Committee, which seeks to address bullying in the workplace that is intimidating and demeaning.

The bill notes that some workplace bullying falls short of current criminal laws that might warrant legal or criminal action, and is seeking the committee's advice on how to address those issues that can be challenging for many who are harassed in the work place.

Who: Senator Peggy Rotundo

What: Public Hearing: LD 1113, An Act To Prevent Workplace Bullying When: Tuesday, April 3rd @ 1:00 p.m.

Where: Labor Committee

Listen Online: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/lab_cmte.html

More info on the bill is online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280023779



Senator Rotundo Proposes River Bond

Tue, 09 Jan 2007 15:13:49 EST

AUGUSTA-Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Androscoggin County, today announced that she is the lead sponsor of a $25,000,000 bond to promote economic development for Maine's riverfronts. The money would go to create a grant program to invest in projects that contribute to economic and community development and revitalization along Maine's rivers, promote economic activity, protect the environment, and enhance the quality of life for Maine people.

"I like the fact that the competitive grants this bond will offer will be equally available to smaller as well as larger communities," Senator Rotundo said. "I also like the fact that the bond package is designed to leverage other private and public funding, requiring a match of at least 2 to 1." "The Brookings Report talked about Maine's need to invest to preserve the beauty of our natural environment and the character of our communities, both of which are vital to maintaining those qualities that make Maine special," she added. "This river bond meets this need, and I look forward to working hard with others in the coming months to secure its passage."

Senator Rotundo announced the bond at a press conference this morning at the Capitol, where she was joined by Representatives Thom Watson (D-Bath), Ted Koffman (D-Bar Harbor), Jill Conover (D-Oakland) and spokespeople from several of Maine's environmental organizations and riverfront cities and towns. Senator Rotundo is the Senate Chair of the Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The bond bill will be voted on later this session.



Legislature Honors Sergeant Dostie

Thu, 06 Apr 2006 15:55:39 EDT

Augusta - The family of Sergeant First Class Shawn C. Dostie, who died in the line of duty in Iraq on December 30, was on hand at the Legislature today as Dostie was honored for his sacrifice. His parents, Robert and Delaine Fugere, his widow Stephanie, his children Cameron and Bayleigh, and his aunt and uncle Pauline and Raymond Goyette were present at the invitation of Senator Peggy Rotundo (D-Androscoggin County) as the Legislature remembered Dostie.

The official Memoriam praised Dostie's "exemplary character, helpful nature and outstanding leadership skills", and went on to say that "Shawn's commitment to and sacrifice for his country have earned him the pride and gratitude of his native community and State."

Sgt. Dostie was born in Rumford and was a 1991 graduate of Lewiston High School. Senator Rotundo sponsored the sentiment, which was cosponsored by Representatives Sonya Sampson (D-Lewiston), Elaine Makas (D-Lewiston), Lillian LaFontaine O'Brien (D-Lewiston), William Walcott (D-Lewiston) and Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston).

"The people of Maine share the pain and loss of the Dostie family," said Senator Rotundo in her Senate speech. "I move that when the Legislature adjourns today we do so in lasting tribute of Sergeant First Class Shawn Dostie."

Sergeant Dostie was buried with full military honors in a January 11 ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.



Legislature Honors Lewiston High School Cross Country Team

Thu, 06 Apr 2006 15:54:31 EDT

Augusta - The Lewiston High School Boys Cross Country Team was recognized by the Legislature on Wednesday for their Championship season last year. Senator Rotundo sponsored the sentiment honoring their achievement, which was cosponsored by Representatives Sonya Sampson (D-Lewiston), Elaine Makas (D-Lewiston), Lillian LaFontaine O'Brien (D-Lewiston), William Walcott (D-Lewiston) and Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston).

"This is the first time Lewiston High School has won the regional championship and it is very exciting," said Senator Rotundo. They have shown a great deal of hard work, determination and skill to achieve this great accomplishment, and I am very proud of these young men."

The Lewiston Boys Cross Country Team won the Eastern Regional Conference in 2005.



Legislature Honors Lewiston High School Cheerleaders

Thu, 06 Apr 2006 15:53:35 EDT

Augusta - The Lewiston High School Cheerleading Team was recognized by the Legislature on Monday for winning the State Championship this year. Senator Rotundo sponsored the sentiment honoring their achievement, which was cosponsored by Representatives Sonya Sampson (D-Lewiston), Elaine Makas (D-Lewiston), Lillian LaFontaine O'Brien (D-Lewiston), William Walcott (D-Lewiston) and Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston). The team appeared at the State House at the invitation of Senator Rotundo.

"It was a real pleasure having the Cheerleading Team here," said Senator Rotundo. "This is the third time in the last four years they have won the State Championship. They have shown great athleticism, hard work, team work and determination to once again receive this honor."

The Lewiston High School Cheerleading Team won the title at the State Championship in February.



Trade Commission Seeks Input from Maine Businesses on Border Issues

Thu, 03 Nov 2005 11:46:04 EST

Maine's Citizen Trade Policy Commission Seeks an Active Role in Helping Maine Businesses Handle Border Issues

Public meeting to be held in Houlton

AUGUSTA-The Citizen Trade Policy Commission (Commission) today announced that it will seek public input on how international trade agreements such as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have impacted Maine businesses that conduct cross border operations with Canada. A public meeting will be held November 21, 2005 at the Houlton Southside Middle School from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Houlton.

"The Commission is aware that the NAFTA has resulted in border practices with Canada that are hurting Maine businesses." said Senator Margaret Rotundo. "We are looking to the business sector to help us understand the scope of border issues facing Maine's businesses so that the Commission can work with Maine's Congressional Delegation and the Office of the United States Trade Representative to address those issues."

The importance of such hearings was highlighted last year when the Commission at a similar public hearing received testimony about the improper application of NAFTA regarding the transport and set up of modular homes coming into Maine from Canada. As a result of that public hearing, the Commission and Maine's Congressional Delegation took action and helped address that issue and improve Maine's competitiveness with Canada.

"I encourage anyone who has something to say about the flow of goods and services between Maine and Canada to come and present testimony at the public hearing in Houlton." Representative Patrick said. "The Commission is in a position to help with local border issues but we need those businesses who deal with border issues on a daily basis to alert us to problems that arise from the application of trade agreements."

The Houlton Southside Middle School is located at 65 South Street, Houlton, Maine. For more information on the venue visit the school on its webpage at www.sad29.k12.me.us. Those who cannot attend the meeting can send comments to the Commission by email at Curtis.Bentley@legislature.maine.gov.

The Citizens Trade Policy Commission was established by the Legislature in May of 2004 to assess and monitor the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements on state and local laws, working conditions and the business environment; to provide a mechanism for citizens and Legislators to voice their concerns and recommendations and to make policy recommendations designed to protect Maine's jobs, business environment and laws from any negative impact of trade agreements.



Rotundo's Efforts for Freedom of Access Recognized

Tue, 11 Oct 2005 11:04:37 EDT

Augusta - Senator Peggy Rotundo (D- Androscoggin County) was recently presented with a special award by the Maine Press Association. The award recognized her efforts as Senate Chair of the Freedom of Access Study Committee. This was a special committee formed by the Legislature to increase public access to government information.

The Freedom of Access Award is given by the Press Association at their annual Fall conference, and is traditionally given to those in the news media who make special efforts to ensure public access to information. This is the first time the award has ever gone to elected officials. The House Chair of the Committee, Representative Ted Koffman (D-Bar Harbor) shared in the award.

"We honored Senator Rotundo and Representative Koffman for their efforts leading the Freedom of Access Study Committee. Working with a diverse group of organizations who often had conflicting goals, they brought forth consensus instead of stalemate," stated Jeff Ham, Executive Director of the Maine Press Association. "By focusing on those areas where they could turn out a product in the form of a recommendation or legislation they were able to make real progress."

For her part, Senator Rotundo felt the Committee had a very critical role to play. "Never has the need for a free and independent press been greater," said Senator Rotundo. "In order for us to live in a strong democracy, citizens must have an understanding of their government's work. I am pleased that we have been able to strengthen Maine citizens' access to public information and I am honored to have been able to work with others to help make this happen."

The Press Association held its Fall Conference at the Grand Summit Conference Center at Sunday River. For more information about the Association or the Freedom of Access Awards, go to Mainepress.org.