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Friday, January 15, 2021

MAYOR WALSH CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WORKFORCE TRAINING IN BOSTON

MAYOR WALSH CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WORKFORCE TRAINING IN BOSTON 

BOSTON - Friday, January 15, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today celebrated the passage of legislation that will provide the City of Boston with more flexibility to leverage the strong development market to fund affordable housing and workforce training programs. Originally introduced by the Mayor as a Home Rule Petition in January 2019, he signed "An Act to Further Leverage Commercial Development to Build Housing, Create Jobs, and Preserve Inclusionary Development" with the support of the City Council in September 2019, and the legislation was sponsored by Representative Kevin Honan at the State House. The legislation was signed by Governor Baker on Thursday, January 14, 2021. 

"In Boston we will continue to use every tool that we have to make sure that Boston's strong growth is reaching all of our residents by creating affordable housing and investing in workforce training," said Mayor Walsh. "This historic legislation will strengthen Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy and linkage program, and allow us to continue to leverage millions of dollars in funding for programs that positively impact the lives of Boston's residents. I thank the many advocates, the Boston City Council, and the Legislature for helping us reach this milestone."

In December 2019, the Mayor testified at the State House alongside residents and workers in support of the legislation.

"This is an incredible opportunity to step up on the production of affordable housing in our City and meet the challenges that have been underscored by the pandemic," said Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).  "I'm grateful to the Mayor for his leadership in keeping this measure front and center, and to the State legislature and Governor Baker for taking it through to the finish line.  

"The Job Training Alliance is thrilled to be able to collaborate with the City on a re-employment strategy for the many Bostonians who are currently out of work," said Amy Nishman, Senior Vice President of Strategy at JVS. "Job training is an integral service that moves low-income residents into and up in the labor market."

"It is important that all our residents are benefitting from the increase in development across the city. With greater flexibility in our linkage fees, we can further leverage a proven resource to meaningfully expand our affordable housing stock," said Chairman Kevin Honan. "This is critical funding for affordable housing and workforce development programs, both of which have become increasingly important during this pandemic."

Linkage Updates

Boston's Linkage program provides funding for affordable housing and workforce training through payments by large-scale commercial real estate development. While previously, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) was only allowed to adjust Linkage every three years based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the new law will allow Boston to adjust the required payment and program guidelines, including annual adjustments, allowing for Linkage to be more closely aligned with the market and offering additional opportunities for the creation of affordable housing and workforce development.

Currently, commercial developments over 100,000 square feet pay $10.81 per square foot, of which $9.03 is for housing and $1.78 is for jobs Linkage. The money collected is made available through competitive funding rounds administered by the Neighborhood Housing Trust and the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. 

Since 2014, new development has generated over $80 million in linkage to support affordable housing and job training, and provided industry-recognized job training to over 2,000 Boston residents annually.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Neighborhood Jobs Trust has dedicated $2.4 million to emergency supports for workforce and education programs, as well as specialized job training for workers preparing to enter the IT/tech industry.

Since inception in 1986, linkage has produced more than $200 million for affordable housing and workforce training. 

Inclusionary Development Policy Updates 

The new law will also allow Boston to codify its Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) into the Boston Zoning Code. Under the current policy, IDP requires that developers of buildings with 10 or more units seeking zoning relief or building on City of Boston-owned land set aside a percentage of their on-site units as income-restricted, create off-site income-restricted units, or make a payment to the IDP fund. 

As the BPDA completes comprehensive planning in Boston's neighborhoods and updates Boston's existing zoning, more market-rate residential projects may become 'as of right' and be exempt from IDP requirements. The legislation would allow Boston to strengthen its IDP as a strategy to capture affordable housing units and funding from projects which are zoning compliant, expanding the work under Mayor Walsh to create and preserve Boston's affordable housing. 

The IDP has led to the creation of 2,917 units of stable, income-restricted housing, and $89.2 million in contributions to the IDP Fund since its inception in 2000. When combined with other affordable housing resources, the IDP has supported the completion or preservation of 1,847 additional units of income-restricted housing. In total, 4,764 income-restricted units have been created through the IDP.

Under Mayor Walsh, the BPDA is leading an unprecedented number of planning studies, each guided by Imagine Boston 2030 the first city-wide master plan in 50 years aimed at guiding growth. Currently, there are neighborhood planning studies moving forward in Charlestown, Downtown, Dorchester's Glover's Corner, East Boston, Mattapan, Newmarket and Allston-Brighton's Western Avenue, and since 2014, planning guidelines have been passed for PLAN: JP/Rox, PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue, and PLAN: Nubian Square

In 2020 alone, new development approved by BPDA is generating 2,826 income-restricted units, over $5.4 million in new Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) funds, over $43.2 million in Linkage fees to support affordable housing, and over $8.5 million in Linkage fees to support job training programs. This legislation will allow the BPDA to further leverage development to increase these streams of funding. 

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 2021 DAY OF CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES 2021 DAY OF CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF
REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

The City of Boston and Boston University continue the tradition of paying tribute
to the life, legacy, and influence of Dr. King.

BOSTON - Friday, January 15, 2021 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that, in partnership with Boston University, the City of Boston will present "A Day of Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr" on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. The event will be live streamed on both boston.gov and bu.edu, as well as on the City of Boston's cable network (Xfinity: channel 24, RCN: channel 13, and Fios: channel 962.)

"Commemorating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is pivotal to remembering the long history of racial injustice in our country, especially as we strive to achieve equity for all," said Mayor Walsh. "Thank you to Boston University and the New England Conservatory for your partnership in celebrating Dr. King's life and for adapting our annual event to allow us to safely honor this day. I'm proud to invite all Bostonians to mark this important day with us."

This year, the City of Boston and Boston University welcome New England Conservatory as a partner in its celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year's program will spotlight Coretta Scott King, who graduated from New England Conservatory in 1954, and it will feature the works of James Baldwin, who wrote of the resistance movements, dissent and humanity of young people. The event will feature remarks from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, BU President Robert A. Brown and Karen Holmes Ward, and performances by the New England Conservatory.  The event culminates with featured speakers Eddie S. Glaude, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and Ibram X. Kendi, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and Director and Founder of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.

"On Monday we celebrate Dr. King's legacy and honor his sacrifice. At Boston University we are mindful that as we emerge from COVID-which has affected African-American and Hispanic members of our communities far more than others-we will not, and should not, revert to the old normal," said Boston University President Robert A. Brown. "We must aim to establish new and better conditions and protections for everyone and fight against both prejudice and complacency."

"We count it a great privilege to call Coretta Scott King an alumna of NEC, and are thrilled to join Boston University and the City of Boston in honouring the profound work and contributions of Dr. and Mrs. King," said NEC President Andrea Kalyn. "As individuals and as a couple, the Kings lived their commitment to the principles of freedom, equity, and justice, and their belief in the very concept of humanity."

In previous years, leaders such as U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley, Beverly Morgan-Welch, Sonia Sanchez, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, Judy Richardson of Eyes on the Prize, and civil rights activist and filmmaker Topper Carew served as keynote speakers. Governor Deval Patrick, Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, Boston Poet Laureates Sam Cornish and Danielle Legros Georges, former Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Beth Israel Hospital Dr. Augustus White, and WGBH Radio host Eric Jackson are among those who have served as readers in previous years.

Governor Baker Signs ‘Laura’s Law’ (with video)

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito participated in a ceremonial signing of S.2931, An Act to ensure safe patient access to emergency care.

 Named in memory of Laura Levis, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito were also joined by Laura’s husband, Pete DeMarco, members of her family, and Senator Pat Jehlen.

 “I signed ‘Laura’s Law’ to safeguard against future tragedies occurring just steps away from hospital emergency departments,” said Governor Baker. “In the wake of her tragic passing, Laura’s husband, Pete, undertook an exhaustive effort to honor her legacy and protect others from similar fates. After months of collaboration and hard work with legislators, including Senator Jehlen and Representative Barber, I am proud to sign Laura’s Law and celebrate her memory in a meaningful way.”

 The new law would implement minimum criteria and standards that ensure safe, timely and accessible patient access to the entrances of Massachusetts hospital emergency departments. These regulations will require that entries must be clearly marked, easily accessible and properly monitored by security when appropriate. Additionally, the Department of Public Health will convene a working group on patient access to hospital emergency rooms or departments to report on and make recommendations to inform these policies. In 2016, Laura Levis died of an asthma attack outside of an area hospital when she was unable to locate an accessible entrance to the emergency room.


參眾兩會宣佈2022麻州財政收入估約301億元

 Heffernan, Rodrigues, Michlewitz, Announce Consensus Revenue Forecast of $30.120 Billion for Fiscal Year 2022

 

Projected state tax revenue growth set at 3.5%

 

BOSTON — Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues, and House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz today announced a consensus revenue forecast for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) of $30.120 billion, representing 3.5% growth in state tax revenue over adjusted Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) projected revenue of $29.090 billion.

 

The adjusted FY21 revenue collections estimate incorporates a $700 million upgrade of projected state tax revenues announced by Secretary Heffernan today, which is based upon current year-to-date revenues and economic data.

 

The consensus revenue forecast is the basis on which the Baker-Polito Administration, the House, and the Senate will build their respective FY22 budget recommendations.

 

Pursuant to Section 5B of Chapter 29 of the General Laws, the three officials above convene every year to establish a joint revenue forecast by January 15th. In addition to conferring with each other, the Secretary and Chairs held a public hearing on December 15, 2020 to receive testimony from the Department of Revenue, the State Treasurer’s Office, the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, and independent, local economists from area foundations and universities on tax revenue.

 

“The consensus revenue forecast for Fiscal Year 2022 is consistent with the expert testimony offered in December and importantly accounts for updated revenue trends in the current fiscal year,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan. “We appreciate the consistent and thoughtful collaboration of our colleagues in the House and Senate Ways and Means Offices, and look forward to developing spending plans for Fiscal Year 2022 which continue to protect essential government services, fund critical priorities, and maintain financial discipline and responsibility.”

 

“We have worked diligently with our partners in the Administration and the House throughout this pandemic, and the consensus revenue agreement reached today for Fiscal Year 2022 reflects our continued partnership to ensure our Commonwealth remains in sound fiscal health,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport). “As we develop a budget for Fiscal Year 2022, we will continue to closely monitor tax collections, weigh the fiscal implications of COVID-19, and strive to put forward a budget that maintains fiscal responsibility and protects core essential services for our most vulnerable populations, while building an equitable economic recovery for all.”

 

“After a tumultuous budget cycle over the last few months, this consensus revenue agreement for Fiscal Year 2022 is a modest and responsible forecast that will allow the Commonwealth to continue to provide the services our constituents deserve, while at the same time preserving our fiscal health. Despite the pandemic, our revenue intake continues to be better than anticipated, proving the continued resiliency of the Commonwealth’s economy,” said House Committee on Ways and Means Chair Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston). “I want to thank Chair Rodrigues and Secretary Heffernan for their continued partnership in these challenging times.”

 

Additional details:

 

  • Of the forecasted $30.120 billion in FY22 state tax revenues, an estimated $1.516 billion is projected to be capital gains tax revenue, of which $165 million will be transferred to the Stabilization Fund per statute and other long term liability funds for pension and retiree health insurance costs ($16 million).
  • The agreement also includes the following statutorily required off-budget transfers that are mandated by current law:
    • $3.415 billion transferred to the pension fund, a $300 million increase over the FY21 contribution, which keeps the Commonwealth on schedule to fully fund its pension liability by 2036
    • $1.174 billion for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
    • $1.014 billion for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
    • $25 million for the Workforce Training Fund

 

After $5.628 billion in off-budget transfers, the Secretary and Committee Chairs agree that $24.327 billion will be the maximum amount of tax revenue available for the budget in FY22, absent statutory changes.

 

M.G.L. Chapter 29 Section 7H ½ requires the Secretary and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means to jointly develop a potential gross state product (PGSP) growth benchmark for the ensuing calendar year. The PGSP growth benchmark is used by the Health Policy Commission to establish the Commonwealth’s health care cost growth benchmark. The three bodies have reached an agreement that the PGSP figure for calendar year 2021 will remain 3.6%. PGSP is a measure of the “full employment” output of the Commonwealth’s economy and reflects long-term trends in the economy rather than fluctuations due to the business cycle and, as a result, is meant to be fairly stable from year to year.

波士頓福屋局補助券安置了1700名兒童

 

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CITY HOUSES 1,700 CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HOUSING INSTABILITY THROUGH BOSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY VOUCHERS

Through city and state partnerships, more than 1,000 Boston area families experiencing homelessness received affordable housing assistance in 2020

 

BOSTON - Friday, January 15 2021 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today celebrated a significant milestone in the City of Boston's housing work, as the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) has provided housing choice vouchers to more than 1,000 Boston families experiencing homelessness with school aged children, since December 2019. The 1,000 families represent more than 1,700 children who will now have much needed housing stability, an effort made possible through partnerships with Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the state's Department of Housing and Community Development. 

"Being able to offer safe and stable housing for families is one of the most important things we can do as a city government, and I am so glad that these students and families all now have a place to call home," said Mayor Walsh. "Homelessness creates barriers for our students to grow, learn, and succeed, which is why these vouchers are critical to our efforts of ending homelessness in Boston."

The BHA partnership with BPS and its non-profit partner FamilyAid Boston integrated established partnerships, including the Family Led Stability Pilot, which worked with seven BPS schools to house homeless families in public housing units, as well as Boston Children's Hospital and the Boston Medical Center, which enabled a true continuum of wraparound services, such as housing search assistance, case management, and access to health and behavioral health services. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, BHA was able to uphold its commitment to provide assistance to homeless BPS families. As part of this process, BHA made operational changes that allowed eligibility determination to be completed remotely with smartphone applications and electronic signatures. 

"This is an investment in Boston's future. Stable housing is essential to any effort to empower Boston's students to succeed in school and beyond," BHA Administrator Kate Bennett said. "We're proud that we were able to step in and make a difference at a time when so many families are pushed to their limit."

The vouchers expanded the capacity for the BPS network of 175 school-based homeless liaisons, with each school across the district having at least one homeless liaison. Homeless liaisons were able to refer over 700 families through an efficient and easy to access referral process. Also benefiting was the Family Led Stability Pilot (FLSP), a collaborative of four nonprofit organizations and five public sector partners launched in 2018 to address the growing challenge of youth homelessness in Boston schools and demonstrate the positive impact of stable housing on educational outcomes, starting with families connected to seven key BPS schools. The goal is to find homes for 100% of the students needing housing. With the help of BHA, FLSP has housed 75% of students experiencing housing instability at these seven schools.

Bolstering the BHA housing vouchers, BPS and its partners have offered a range of complementary services to families during the pandemic. This includes case management and wraparound services provided through its partnership with FamilyAid Boston, as well as distribution of laptops and wireless technology to ensure internet access. BPS secured $150,000 in CARES Act funding, which enabled BPS families to receive financial assistance and enhanced housing search services provided by FamilyAid. 

BPS students and families experiencing homelessness receive meal delivery if they reside more than one mile from a pick-up site. Hygiene items and school supplies are also available at BPS meal sites through a partnership with Boston Resiliency Fund grantee Catie's Closet. FamilyAid supplements this service for BPS families participating in the voucher program with their own food delivery program. In addition, FamilyAid leveraged their partnerships with Boston Children's Hospital and the Boston Medical Center to increase access to health care, behavioral health services, and other case management services for participating families. In spring 2020, 80 BPS families experiencing homelessness received financial assistance through a $250 gift card, also made possible by Catie's Closet, while more recently, 50 BPS families received a $200 gift card from Wayfair to purchase a desk or workstation for their children's learning as they move into their new home.

"As a child who grew up in public housing, I know firsthand the tremendous importance of stable housing on a child's academic and life outcomes. In the Boston Public Schools we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of our students and families in every way we can, particularly during this challenging time," said BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. "This incredible partnership ensures that more Boston children have a safe, stable environment to learn, grow and thrive. I applaud Mayor Walsh, the Boston Housing Authority, and all our city and state colleagues for helping us confront youth homelessness to make permanent, affordable housing accessible to our families."

The vouchers allowBoston families experiencing homelessness to seek housing in the private market with a significant rental subsidy. Under the Tenant-Based Housing Choice Voucher Program, families who receive a housing voucher pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent, while BHA provides federal funds to the landlord to cover the difference between the tenant share and the Fair Market Rent (FMR). Property owners interested in making their units available to BHA voucher families can list them here

"This program helped my family to find a good, stable home at a difficult time," said Said Talaa, a parent of two Boston Public School students in East Boston. "These vouchers are a huge lifeline for families like mine."

Today's announcement builds on the goals of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030, the Walsh administration's plan to stabilize the housing market, accommodate growth, improve housing accessibility, and increase affordability. Since the release of the original Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 plan in 2014, 26,124 new units of housing have been completed. With an additional 9,204 units currently under construction, the City has secured housing for an estimated 52,300 residents, making significant progress in meeting Boston's rapid population growth. Income-restricted housing stock has grown along with overall new production, with nearly 5,500 income restricted units completed and over 1,700 units under construction. Approximately 20 percent of all newly-developed housing units and 25 percent of new rental units in the City are designated as income-restricted. For more information on the City of Boston's work to create more housing, please visit Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030.

台灣入境檢疫1人1戶新規定1月15日起生效

僑務委員會委員長童振源請僑胞注意防疫。
                  (Boston Orange)僑委會發文提醒海外僑民,由於台灣新冠疫情加劇,中央流行疫指揮中心收緊防疫措施,11日起非本國籍人士限制入境;115日起入境台灣,登機前須檢附檢疫居所證明,以及搭機前3日內的檢驗報告,還請民眾格外注意。

             由於入境台灣須提出檢疫居所證明,並須簽署切結書,遵守居家檢疫需要11戶的規定,中央流行疫指揮中心開放了15002000間的中央集中檢疫場所,供海外回國人士使用,有居住防疫旅館需求者,可以參閱中央流行疫情指揮中的的「防疫旅宿專區(https://taiwan.taiwanstay.net.tw/covhotel)」之外,從18日起,還可登入「入境檢疫系統」網頁(https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw)訂房。

           僑委會說明,從今年18日起,僑胞們已可登入「入境檢疫系統」網頁(https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw),填寫相關資料並在線上刷卡繳費,完成這些手續後,系統會發出預約訂房成功代碼,以供作為返國登機前的證明。

僑胞抵達國境,在機場簽署集中檢疫聲明書後,可依指示地點自行搭防疫車輛前往集中檢疫所入住,費用一律為每天新臺幣2,000(12歲以下同住孩童不收費)

查詢相關資訊,可上僑委會新冠肺炎(COVID-19)專區:(https://reurl.cc/6ygn4b);或可參閱衛生福利部疾病管制署嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎專區(http://at.cdc.tw/xP90P0)


                        
僑務委員會委員長童振源表示,在2020年中籠罩全球的新冠病毒,跨入2021年後,仍未消散,還請僑胞繼續保持高度防疫意識,快樂出門,健康回家。

Thursday, January 14, 2021

麻州眾議員麥家威(Aaron Michlewitz)上臉書"我不參選波士頓市長"


 

波士頓市長參選人再添一名 Marty Martinez為滅新冠"當然考慮"

           (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓綜合報導)波士頓市長的席位之爭,果然越來越熱鬧了。波士頓市健康及人民服務長Marty Martinez(14)日在疫情匯報記者會中坦言,當然我會考慮參選下一任波士頓市市長            。

              Marty Martinez表示,新冠病毒(COVID-19)疫情還未消散,下一任市長的首要重任之一,就是率領團隊,處理疫情,也是過去這一年來他每天的最重要工作,所以他當然會考慮參選市長。

              在波士頓現任市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)接受美國候任總統拜登(Joe Biden)提名,將往華府出任勞工部部長之後,先有波士頓市警察局局長葛羅斯(William Gross)說,他有90%的可能會參選,現在波士頓市健康及人民服務長Marty Martinez也表態了。

              Marty Matinez2017年進波士頓市府,出任健康及人民服務漲之前,曾任麻州輔導夥伴(Mass Mentoring Partnership)董事長兼執行長,在波士頓愛滋(AIDS)聯盟,奧本山(Mount Auburn)醫院的健康社區區域中心工作,並執掌尚莫維爾(Somerville)市的青年服務。

              第五號頻道電視台稱,波士頓市不分區市議員米高法拉提(Michael Flaherty)和麻州眾議員Jon Santiago都在探討參選可能性。

              去年9ru.4已經宣佈參選波士頓市長的有波士頓市不分區市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu),第四區議員Andrea Campbell

              如果馬丁華殊在35日前離任,依照規例,波士頓市必需辦理特別選舉。但今年本來就市選舉年,如果舉辦這特別選舉,波士頓市今年就得半4場選舉。波士頓市議員Richard Arroyo已提案今年廢除這特別選舉,麻州州務卿威廉蓋文(William Galvin)也表態支持。不過要修改這法令,波士頓市必須先由議會通過此案後,再提交州政府討論通過。

其他被點名

波士頓市非手術用重症病房佔用率高達98%

波士頓是長Martin J. Walsh提醒民眾持續注意防疫。(周菊子攝)
(Boston Orange) 波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)14日的疫情匯報中坦言,新冠病毒已經讓所有人都感到疲累了,但疫情還未消散,人們仍須謹慎。波士頓市內非手術成人重症病房(ICU)床位的佔用量已高達98%,市府人員正密切關注,市民請小心防疫。

波士頓市在114日新增617人確診,累計47,175;新增10人死亡,累計1077

波士頓市平均每天有5921人做病毒檢測,和上星期相比,做檢測的人增加了25%。這數據並未包括大專院校內的檢測。平均每日有542人檢測呈陽性,比率也上升了25%

波士頓市公校總監Brenda Cassellius
波士頓市的社區確診率現在是8.7%,和上週一樣。東波士頓(East Boston),多徹斯特(Dorchester),海德公園(Hyde Park),以及麥特潘(Mattapan)仍是感染率最高的地方。

馬丁華殊表示,波士頓市的確診數比較令人擔心,住院人數也比預期的高,波士頓市內非手術成人重症病房(ICU)床位的佔用量高達98%,這是已經很久沒有出現過的現象。馬丁華殊希望市民們謹記防疫,出門戴口罩,勤洗手,避免群聚,就可能救人一命。

馬丁華殊提醒民眾,全市各地有30個病毒檢測站,包括不論有無症狀,任何人都可去免費做檢測的4個流動檢測站。這4個流動檢測站本週在海德公園,洛士百利,Grove Hall,牙買加平原等4個地點為民眾服務,其中2個需要事先登記,另外2個不須預約,可隨時前往。查詢詳情可到市府網站boston.gov,或者撥打電話311

波士頓市公校總監Brenda Cassellius也在疫情匯報中做說明。她指波士頓市125所公校大約有學生53,000人,其中不少人殘障,或有特殊需要,新冠病毒對這些學生的打擊尤其重大,而且專家學者的研究也都指出到校學習對學生的學習及身心發展,都有比較正面的效果。公校系統將竭盡所能,逐漸讓學校恢復上課。

波士頓健康及人民服務長Marty Martinez表示,波士頓市府和塔芙茨大學,波士頓醫療中心合作,已為11,000名第一線工作人員注射疫苗,下星期開始將為住在群體屋(group house),庇護所等場所的民眾注射疫苗。波士頓市也和州政府合作,尋找適合的大規模施打疫苗場所,芬衛球場(Fenway Park)和洛士百利的The Reggie Lewis中心,都是考慮地點。 至於美國總統就職日那天,地方上是否會出現安全問題,據他所知,目前波士頓沒有面對這方面的威脅。


 

聯邦調查局逮捕MIT教授陳剛 罪名:詐欺聯邦經費

 

MIT教授陳剛(右)和天普大學教授郝小星2018年併肩而坐。
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              (Boston Orange) 聯邦調查局(FBI)(14)日逮捕了麻省理工學院奈米工程實驗室主任陳剛(Gang Chen),指稱他和中國政府合作,卻未向美國能源部報備。

                           聯邦調查局控告陳剛的罪名包括匯款詐欺,未申報外國銀行戶口(FBAR),報稅不實等。陳剛預定今日會再Donald L. Cabell法官面前首次出庭。

                     根據控罪文件,陳剛是歸化入籍的美國公民,現年56歲,在麻省理工學院擔任Pappalardo 微型/奈米工程實驗室主任,固態太陽能地熱能源轉換中心(S3TEC)主任。大約從2013年起,陳剛在麻省理工學院的研究是由美國各個聯邦機構撥給超過1900萬元的經費所支持的。

               2012起,據說陳剛在中國設計來推廣中國科技發展的領域中擔任各種職位,以其專業知識提供諮詢顧問服務,有時是直接面對中國政府官員,也經常獲得財務報酬。這包括在中國駐紐約總領事館要求下,做為中國政府的海外專家,並至少參加了2項中國人才計畫。從2013年起,陳剛據說拿了2900萬元的外國資金,包括來自中國南方科技大學(SUSTech)1900萬元。

             該控案還進一步指稱陳剛的推廣中國科技經濟發展,在2016年二月時他用MIT電郵地址發給自己的一的一封電子郵件中,有一部分的詳細描述。

             該封電子郵件的內容包括,1. 推廣中國合作,中國把創新當成關鍵及核心,不是時尚,但因為我們必須做,從歷史趨勢,以及從我們的舞台。3. 我們的經濟排第2為,但從科技(結構和經濟)以及人力資源來說,我們遠非第2名。4. 我們在環境上,但不是持續性,也不是勞力成本,上付出了很大代價。5. 在同一個地方的環境保護和發展,環境更重要些,如果成本更高就清潔能源,減少鋼鐵,水泥。我們必須依賴科技,不能像以前那樣成長。6.共產黨第18次會議把科技創新放在了核心位置。我們在計畫和實踐上不只是獨立創新,還要國際化。閉門造車的創新不會有用,創新是驅動力量。

             至少從20172019年,當陳剛還擔任幾個中國,以及中國企業的顧問時,陳剛申請並得到了美國能源部經費,以資助一部分他在麻省理工學院的研究。在這方面,據說陳剛未照美國能源部所規定的,揭露他和中國的持續關係。

             據說陳剛還在2018年的報稅表上未揭露,2018年時他在中國有個銀行戶口,存款超過1萬美元。

             匯款詐欺罪的刑罰可高達入獄20年,監管3年,罰款25萬元。虛假申報,未申報外國銀行戶口,各可判入獄5年,監管3年,以及罰款25萬元。

             聯邦調查局強調,此案在法院中證明有罪之前,應假設被告無辜

MIT Professor Arrested and Charged with Grant Fraud

Defendant allegedly failed to disclose his work for the People’s Republic of China to U.S. Department of Energy

BOSTON – A professor and researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was charged and arrested today in connection with failing to disclose contracts, appointments and awards from various entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Gang Chen, 56, was charged by criminal complaint with wire fraud, failing to file a foreign bank account report (FBAR) and making a false statement in a tax return. Chen will make an initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell.

According to charging documents, Chen is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China. He is a professor and researcher at MIT where he serves as Director of the MIT Pappalardo Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory and Director of the Solid-State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC). Since approximately 2013, Chen’s research at MIT has been funded by more than $19 million in grants awarded by various U.S. federal agencies.

Since 2012, Chen has allegedly held various appointments with the PRC designed to promote the PRC’s technological and scientific development by providing advice and expertise – sometimes directly to PRC government officials – and often in exchange for financial compensation. This includes acting as an “overseas expert” for the PRC government at the request of the PRC Consulate Office in New York and serving as a member of at least two PRC Talent Programs. Since 2013, Chen allegedly received approximately $29 million of foreign funding, including $19 million from the PRC’s Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).

It is further alleged that Chen’s efforts to promote the PRC’s scientific and economic development were partially detailed in a February 2016 email that Chen sent himself using his MIT e-mail account.  The email read:

1. promote chinese collaboration

2. China places innovation (scientific) as key and core not fashion [sic], but because

we must do it, from historic trend as well from our stage

3. our economy is no. 2, but from technology (structure of economy) and human

resources, we are far from no. 2

4. we are paying big price in environment, not sustainable, as well as from labor cost

5. environment protection and development in same place, environment even higher, clean energy if higher cost, reduce steel, cement. We must count on technology, cannot grow as past

6. communist 18th convention, scientific innovation placed at core. We realize not just independent innovation; but also internationalize to plan for and facilitate. Closed door innovation does not work; innovation as driving force

From at least 2017 to 2019 when Chen was serving in several advisory roles for the PRC and PRC entities, Chen applied for and obtained a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant in order to fund a portion of his research at MIT.  In doing so, it is alleged that Chen failed to disclose information about his ongoing affiliations with the PRC as required by DOE.

Chen also allegedly failed to disclose to the IRS in his 2018 tax return that he maintained a bank account in the PRC with more than $10,000 in 2018.

The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of making false statements provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of failing to file an FBAR provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Patrick J. Hegarty, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office; William S. Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigation, Boston; Joleen Simpson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Jim Breckenridge, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys B. Stephanie Siegmann, Chief of Lelling’s National Security Unit, and Jason Casey and Timothy Kistner also of Lelling’s National Security Unit are prosecuting the case with assistance from Trial Attorney David Aaron of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.