Lynch To Support Pelosi For House Speaker

Cong. Stephen Lynch – citing what he described as several days of productive conversations and growing clarity on the future direction and priorities of the Democratic House – announced Friday he will support Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Leader Pelosi has assured me that the priorities of average working families will be the priorities of the upcoming Congress,” Lynch said in a statment.  “In the recent past, working class Democrats have felt that they were taken for granted in our party and candidate Donald Trump exploited that perception.  My goal was to get some reassurances that we are going to adopt an agenda that will include a real focus on issues that will make life better for the every working family, issues like; pension reform, rebuilding America’s transportation infrastructure, roads and bridges, college affordability and protecting Social Security and Medicare.  We had one of the best conversations we’ve had since I’ve been in the House and we are aligned on making those issues a priority.”

Lynch also said he got assurances that Pelosi will “re-empower” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where Lynch is a senior member and poised to become chairman of the National Security Subcommittee.

“During the last two years of the Trump administration, Republicans obstructed any meaningful oversight from taking place,” Lynch said.  “There were many instances where our committee could have shown the American people that we take our oversight role seriously, and that we put country over party.  Instead, Democrats were blocked from honest, diligent work and our requests for hearings on important issues were repeatedly denied.  Leader Pelosi has assured me that the Oversight Committee will have her full support fulfilling that important role and that we will be encouraged to follow the facts wherever they may lead.”

“I’m excited for the work ahead,” Lynch added.  “Democrats are energized and being in the majority in the House gives us a real opportunity to move our country forward and make some progress on meaningful issues.  From our conversations, I believe Leader Pelosi understands not only the job that needs to be done, but also how to bring disparate voices in our party together to make good things happen for the people we represent.  I’m happy to be supporting her and look forward to the upcoming session.”

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South Quincy Lowe’s To Close

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Lowe’s store in South Quincy is set to close, the home-improvement chain said Monday.

The Lowe’s store, located at 599 Burgin Parkway, is one of 51 locations the company will close throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is the only one in Massachusetts that will be shuttered.

The Lowe’s on Burgin Parkway is located on a 12.81-acre site in a planned-urban-development zoning district, according to the city’s GIS property viewer. The land and buildings on site have an assessed value of $16.35 million.

James Fatseas, Quincy’s planning director, on Tuesday said Lowe’s had yet to reach out to city officials about the future of the property.

“There has been no dialogue whatsoever with the city yet,” he said. “We have to respect that it’s private property, so the first move will be made by them.”

Fatseas said it was likely the property would be sold to another retail user, given the building on site is eight years old and the lot has ample parking.

“It is a beautiful big-box store with a large parking lot. If I’m Lowe’s and I’m trying to flip this, that’s the first place I’m going,” he said.

Because the site is in a PUD zoning district, Fatseas noted other types of development on site would require approval by the City Council acting as the special permit granting authority. The council had approved the construction of the Lowe’s store in 2008.

Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci said the said council approval might also be needed if a different type of retail user were to move in, except for another home-improvement store.

“If it’s any other type of user – another retail use – my understanding if they’d have to come before the City Council,” he said.

Palmucci said he had spoken to the owner of the property earlier in the day and asked for updates on the site as they become available.

“As soon as there is a determination about the site, I will hold a community meeting to discuss it,” the councillor said. “People don’t have to worry about something moving in overnight.”

Lowe’s, Palmucci noted, still has 13 years remaining on its lease for the property.

The company announced all the impacted stores would close by Feb. 1 of next year, though some U.S. stores could close immediately. Closing sales are anticipated at the affected stores.  The company said employees of the closed stores could be transferred to other locations.

“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin Ellison said. “We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our growth, and we are making every effort to transition impact associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”

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