- Barry Finegold
Infobox State Representative
name = Barry Finegold
state_house = Massachusetts
district = 17th Essex
term_start = January 1997
nationality = American
spouse = Amy Finegold
party = Democratic
Barry R. Finegold is a current state representative of 17th Essex district in
Massachusetts, he was also a candidate running for the United States Congress in the Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election.
Barry Finegold is 36 years old and was raised in Andover and Tewksbury with his two sisters. Both of his parents taught in the local school system for 33 years, his mother in the Andover Public Schools, and his father at
Northern Essex Community Collegein Haverhill. Barry attended both Andover and Tewksbury public schools. He then attended Franklin and Marshall Collegein Pennsylvania, graduating with a major in government with a business concentration. He went on to graduate from the Massachusetts School of Lawin Andover and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1998. He is presently a partner with the law firm of Dalton & Finegold, LLP, which specializes in real estate, estate planning, and corporate law. Finegold also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Governmentat Harvard University. Barry and his wife have two daughters and live in Andover.
Finegold was elected to the Andover Board of Selectmen at age 24. A year later, in 1996, he won election to the
Massachusetts House of Representativesas a Democrat. He was the youngest member of his freshman class. For the past 11 years he has held this position, representing the 17th Essex District, consisting of Andover, Tewksbury and Lawrence. During his six terms on Beacon Hill, Finegold has proposed and enacted numerous pieces of legislation on critical issues, such as:
*The "Massachusetts Renewable Energy Road Map," a package of policy ideas designed to invigorate the Massachusetts economy and protect the environment with research-and-development grants and tax incentives for Massachusetts companies developing
fuel-celltechnology. The legislation also creates a $1,500 state tax credit for consumers who purchase hybrid vehicles. [ [http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?kaid=104&subid=115&contentid=253555 DLC: New Dem of the Week: Barry Finegold ] ]
*The Safe Havens Act allows parents who are unable to care for their newborn to drop the infant off at a marked fire station, police station or emergency room without fear of prosecution. Baby Safe Haven has expanded its services to a hot-line that advises expecting parents on their options. The law has saved 13 babies to date in the Commonwealth. [ [http://www.babysafehaven.com/index.htm Safe Haven ] ]
*Nursing home reforms protect seniors and securing funding to make Massachusetts one of the first states to establish a consumer report card on nursing homes.
*As co-chair of the North East Solid Waste Committee, Finegold secured $54 million to assist communities throughout the Merrimack Valley such as Dracut, Andover, Westford, and Tewksbury to address increasing costs of waste disposal. This funding helped towns and cities meet environmental regulations and implement clean air technology upgrades at power plants. [ [http://www.barryfinegold.com/blog/faq/ Barry Finegold ] ]
*In 2000, Finegold authored the Holocaust Restitution Bill, which ensured that the 3,500 Massachusetts holocaust survivors did not have to pay taxes or incur penalties on recovered assets from the Swiss Government.
*In the 2007 budget cycle, Finegold brought funding to keep De La Mano, a Spanish-speaking battered women’s hotline, up and running.
*In Finegold's partnership with police chief John Romero, crime rates have continued to decrease in the city of Lawrence.
*Finegold brought home funding to ensure that Andover Youth Services can continue in its mission to foster education and personal growth in our youth.
*With Finegold’s help, the Lawrence school system has benefited from 2 new buildings, 3 new schools, and increased funding.
In 1999, Finegold won the Kennedy School Fenn Award for Political Leadership for his leadership in bringing together legislators and officials from New Hampshire and Massachusetts to address the traffic problems on
I-93. His efforts led to the opening of the breakdown lane during rush hours, which greatly reduced congestion during peak commuting hours. [ [http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education+and+Public+Programs/New+Frontier+Award/Award+Recipients/Former+Recipients+of+Dan+Fenn+Award/ Former Recipients of Dan Fenn Award - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum ] ]
In 2003, Finegold was selected as one of the top young Democrats [http://www.ndol.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=251611&kaid=104&subid=210 100 to Watch] by the
Democratic Leadership Council.
The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy recognized Barry as Legislator of the Year for his efforts to save their programs from drastic budget cuts.
Finegold helped create the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition and is working to expand hydrogen, fuel cell, and related industries in the Commonwealth.
Candidate for Congress
Barry was a candidate in
Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election, 2007. Marty Meehan, the incumbent, stepped down to take the Chancellor position at UMass Lowell. Barry came in 4th place in the Democratic Primary, losing to Niki Tsongaswho went on to win the general election. The primary election occurred on September 4, 2007, and the election occurred on October 16, 2007.
* [http://www.barryfinegold.com/ Finegold for U.S. Congress]
* [http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=barryfinegold Barry Finegold Channel]
* [http://www.mass.gov/legis/member/brf1.htm Massachusetts House of Representatives]
* [http://www.bluemassgroup.com/userDiary.do;jsessionid=C01AA76938D03714B8F7747C3A48F45A?personId=2889 Public Blog]
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