By SCOTT JACKSON
State legislators will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a bill calling for a feasibility study for the implementation of ferry service to Long Island.
The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation will hold the hearing on the bill, H1800, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the State House. Rep. Bruce Ayers, a Quincy Democrat, introduced the bill in January 2017.
The hearing on the bill will be held three weeks after Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced plans to re-build the Long Island Bridge and place a long-term recovery facility on the island. Walsh announced the plans to rebuild the span, which closed in 2014 and was later demolished, during his Jan. 1 inaugural address.
The plan has been met with opposition from several Quincy elected officials, including Ayers, Mayor Thomas Koch and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris.
Ayers previously told The Sun the plan to rebuild the bridge was not fiscally responsible.
“Improving our transportation infrastructure to promote economic development and job creation, along with combatting the opiate crisis, are two of our most paramount challenges,” Ayers said. “We need to implement a fiscally responsible plan to accomplish this, but rebuilding Long Island Bridge is not part of the solution.”
Koch, in a previous statement, commended his counterpart in Boston for wanting to tackle the substance-abuse issue, but like Ayers said the plan to rebuild the bridge was not fiscally sound, urging Walsh to consider ferry service instead.
“To stake the future of the island to a new bridge just doesn’t make sense to me — both from a financial perspective and a neighborhood perspective,” Koch said.
Harris will introduce a resolution at Monday night’s City Council meeting that asks Koch’s administration to “conduct a full and thorough investigation of Boston’s intentions and analyze all of the city of Quincy’s legal rights, including permitting, engineering and cost factor, relative to any formal proposal to rebuild the bridge.”
Long Island has long been a point of contention between the two neighboring cities. The Long Island Bridge is only accessible through Squantum via Moon Island. Moon Island is located within the city of Quincy but is fully owned by Boston, which uses it for a fire department training facility and a police firing range.
Ayers introduced two other pieces of legislation relative to Long Island in January 2017. One would require public access to Long Island be restored if state funds were used to rebuild the bridge, and the other calls for the establishment of a special commission to determine the future use of both Long Island and Moon Island.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Seven new members of the Quincy Police Department were sworn in Thursday during a ceremony at City Hall.
City Clerk Nicole Crispo administered the oath office to the seven officers – Cian O’Connor, Stephen Graham, Stephen Brown, Felicia Lawless, Nicholas Rolfsen, Brendan McNeil and Krestina Habib – in the Great Hall of the McIntyre Government Center.
Six of the new recruits will begin their training at the Plymouth Police Academy Monday. The officers will train at the academy for 26 weeks and then complete three months of field training with the Quincy Police Department.
Rolfsen, who is joining the Quincy Police Department from the University of Massachusetts Boston Police Department, will begin his training with Quincy police Monday. He will first be trained in the department’s rules and regulations and then dispatch, before undergoing two to three months of field training.
The new hires bring the number of patrol officers in the department to 163, Police Chief Paul Keenan said. No more new hires are anticipated in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
By SCOTT JACKSON
A Rhode Island man was arraigned Wednesday in Quincy District Court on charges he assaulted and robbed a 61-year-old Quincy woman after following her home from an Ocean State casino more than 40 miles away.
Ty Shon Forbes, age 21, of West Warwick, R.I., pleaded not guilty to charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a person over the age of 60. He was held on $10,000 bail.
On Nov. 10 at around 3:45 a.m., the victim told Quincy police she had been robbed and assaulted outside her home on Pope Street in the Montclair neighborhood of Quincy. She was robbed of her purse, which contained cash and personal items, and sustained “significant injury,” including broken vertebrae, according to Rhode Island State Police.
The investigation into the robbery determined the suspect, Forbes, targeted the woman after watching her win a high-value cash-out from a cashier’s cage at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Police say Forbes followed the woman to the parking lot and then to her Quincy home, about 43 miles from the casino.
Forbes had been in custody in Rhode Island on unrelated charges, and waived extradition to Quincy.
By SCOTT JACKSON
A 58-year-old Quincy Point man is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court on weapons and drug charges after police searched his apartment Friday following an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine.
Darryl Clemons, a resident of 36 Edinboro Rd., Apt. 1R, is facing two counts of distribution of a class B substance (cocaine) subsequent offense, two counts of possession with intent to distribute class C substance (alprazolam and lorazepam) subsequent offense, possession with intent to distribute a class B substance (cocaine) subsequent offense, possession of a firearm without a license, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a large capacity feeding device, improper storage of a firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, receiving stolen property over $250 (the firearm) and armed career criminal.
Quincy police said the investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine began earlier this month, and Clemons was identified as the target of the investigation.
A search warrant for his apartment was executed by the Quincy Police Department’s Drug Control Unit around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Cocaine, clonazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam and a Glock 21 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol were all found during the search, along with about $1,500 cash, ammunition, and what police said were other items indicative of drug distribution. Police determined the Glock was stolen in North Carolina in 2010.