Boston- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announced today his appointment to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Local Government by Senate President Robert E. Travaglini. Senator Downing will serve a one year term during which he will consider any matter germane to municipal government and file recommendations. “I am grateful for President Travaglini’s confidence in my abilities and I look forward to ensuring that the needs of our cities and towns are met, especially in these most trying fiscal times,” said Downing. On a forty member board, Senator Downing is one of three members appointed by the Senate President. The other two appointed senators are James E. Timilty (D-Walpole) and Michael R. Knapik (R-Westfield).
Members of the Advisory Commission are responsible for reviewing and analyzing proposed legislation and regulatory changes from the point of view of municipal government, establishing study committees to further examine various issues, and presenting these points of views and findings to Governor Deval Patrick, his executive secretaries and to the general court. The Advisory Committee will meet monthly with the Governor and quarterly with the legislative leadership.
While a member of the Advisory Commission, Senator Downing will act as an independent advocate for the interests of local governments, advise the Governor and other state and federal officials on the needs of local governments, assist in mobilizing state and federal resources to address problems of local governments, provide coordinating support to agencies responsible for administering federal, state and local programs, and promote legislative and administrative proposals reflecting the interests of local governments.