News in Brief


Governor’s Councilor Terrence Kennedy is proud to announce he has received the endorsement of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in his bid for re-election. The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, September 1st.

“I am proud to endorse Terrence Kennedy for re-election to the Governor’s Council. During his time on the Council, he has advocated for appointing diverse judges that better reflect the makeup of our Commonwealth. And he has championed restorative justice. He is exactly the voice we need representing us.” Said Healey. 

Kennedy said “I am honored to have the support of Attorney General Maura Healey”

The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, September 1st, Early Voting has already begun and Mail Ballots must be returned by Primary Election Day. Terrence Kennedy is a practicing attorney of 37 years. He has been married to his wife Cheryl for 35 years. They have three grown children, Alyica, Julie and Peter. 

Terrence Kennedy represents the 6th District of the Governor’s Council which includes  Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott of Essex County, Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester of Middlesex County, Chelsea Revere and Winthrop, Boston neighborhoods of East Boston, North End, Back Bay, Chinatown and Beacon Hill of Suffolk County.


On Monday, two Chelsea elected officials, Councilor At-Large Leo Robinson and Councilor Naomi Zabot, District 3 endorsed Revere City Councilor At-Large Jessica Giannino’s candidacy for State Representative. Giannino is running for the 16th Suffolk District and has been a member of the Revere City Council since elected in 2012. In addition to the above Councilors, Giannino received the endorsement of former Community Action Programs Inter City (CAPIC) Executive Director Robert Reppucci.

“It’s been a pleasure to have watched Jessica grow from the time she was first elected to the City Council eight years ago,” said Leo Robinson, Chelsea City Councilor At-Large. “She is a natural leader and has been able to present her plan to move the city forward with poise. I’m endorsing her campaign because the 16th Suffolk District deserves a Representative that has never strayed from the needs of the residents of Chelsea, Revere and Saugus.”

 “It is vital that we vote according to our values, so I’ll be voting for Jessica Giannino for State Representative, 16th Suffolk District, on September 1st,” said Naomi Zabot, Chelsea City Councilor District 3. “Jessica is an effective advocate for environmental causes, social justice, and gender and racial equity. Jessica’s performance as city councilor over the past 10 years is a reflection of her diplomatic and compassionate nature, and her desire to be the change she wishes to see. Jessica is approachable and engaged, and shows great determination and commitment to her community, the residents she represents, and the world as a whole. I am pleased to endorse Jessica Giannino for State Representative.” 

“I am endorsing Jessica Giannino as candidate for State Representative because she is a dedicated, experienced, competent and compassionate candidate,” said Robert Reppucci, Former CAPIC Executive Director. “She understands the needs of all segments of the district population. I have known her to be a person of high integrity who places the interest of constituents first.”

 “Coming from a family full of dedicated public servants I’m honored to receive recognition from my counterparts in Chelsea,” said Giannino. “I will ensure that the 16thSuffolk District in its entirety is represented by someone who believes passionately in putting the community first. I look forward to adding Chelsea and Saugus residents to my growing list of constituents.

Jessica began her career in politics as a City Councilor At-Large for the City of Revere in 2012. In that time, she has worked on countless issues that impact the daily lives of the citizens of Revere, as well as ordinances that will impact generations to follow. In 2013 her inclusive style and strong leadership qualities prompted her colleagues to elect her Vice President of the Council.  In 2016 and 2018, Jessica had the honor of serving as City Council President. During that time, she worked to ensure the agenda maintained a balance between protecting and growing the city’s economic base, without compromising the quality of city services to residents. Jessica believes it is her responsibility to ensure that Revere’s government is accountable to the people, financially responsible and forward thinking.


Chelsea City Councilor Enio Lopez and School Committee Member Marisol Santiago Endorse Joe Gravellese for State Representative

Chelsea City Councilor Enio Lopez and Chelsea School Committee member Marisol Santiago announced their endorsements for Joe Gravellese this week in the 16th Suffolk District State Representative race (Revere, Chelsea, and Saugus). Early voting is underway in the Democratic Primary, with Election Day coming up on September 1.

Gravellese had been previously backed by Chelsea School Committee member Roberto Jimenez Rivera, and was also unanimously endorsed by the Chelsea Ward 4 Democratic Committee. On the Revere side of the district, Gravellese has been backed by the Revere Democratic City Committee.

“Councilor Lopez embodies the attitude I take to public service – he shows up and he gets things done,” said Gravellese. “Councilor Lopez has worked tirelessly as an employee at the Chelsea Soldiers Home to support veterans; lifts up fellow members of the immigrant community; and has dug in to improve infrastructure like streets and sidewalks in Chelsea.”

“Marisol Santiago has long been a champion for working people in Chelsea, and fights every day for fair and equitable public education as a member of the School Committee,” he continued. “I am honored to have their backing and look forward to fighting alongside them on Beacon Hill.”

Voters can learn more about Gravellese’s campaign at


 Last week, both Laborers’ Local 22 and Local 3 SEIU endorsed Revere City Councilor At-Large Jessica Giannino for State Representative, 16th Suffolk District. Giannino has been a member of the Revere City Council since elected in 2012.  

“I’m pleased to say that the Laborers’ Local Union No. 22 has unanimously endorsed Jessica’s candidacy for State Representative of the 16th Suffolk District,” said Louis Mandarini, Local 22 Business Manager. “The Executive Board and members of Local 22 are very grateful for her support and commitment to the working men and women in the construction industry.”

Laborers’ Local 22 works with signatory contractors to ensure that the general construction in Boston and the North Shore are done with the most experienced workers in the industry. Local 22 offers training to their membership through the New England Laborers’ Training Trust Fund each month in Hopkinton, MA.

“The Firemen and Oilers, Local 3 SEIU proudly elects to endorse Jessica Giannino in her bid for Massachusetts State Representative,” said Anthony Morico, Local 3 President. “Councilor Giannino has been a community leader who has fought for the rights and values and advocates for the people of Revere, Saugus and Chelsea. We believe that Jessica has demonstrated the strength and commitment that it will take to continue his effort in standing up for working families.”

Firemen and Oilers Local Union Local 3 SEIU evolved from the oldest Local in the Firemen and Oilers Union. The brothers and sisters of Local 3 work in a vast array of industries and services, keeping schools and offices clean, drinking water pure, and streets plowed. 

“With the election less than two weeks away, I’m very glad to have secured the support of some very indispensable Massachusetts unions,” said Councilor Giannino. “I’m very appreciative to have the encouragement of industry leaders like the members of Laborers’ Local 22 and Local 3 SEIU as I campaign for State Representative, and I look forward to working alongside them on Beacon Hill.”


Last week, Revere City Councilor At-Large Jessica Giannino received the endorsements of the Revere Police Superior Officers Union, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA), Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) and Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union (MCOFU). Giannino is running for the 16th Suffolk District and has been a member of the Revere City Council since elected in 2012. 

“The Revere Police Superior Officers Union is pleased to announce our endorsement of Jessica Giannino’s candidacy for State Representative,” said Sgt. Charles Callahan, Rever e Police Superior Officers Association President. “As a Chair of Public Safety on the Revere City Council, and coming from a family deeply committed to public service, it is clear that Jessica is the best candidate for the job. Through her years as an elected official, it is quite evident that Jessica has a strong grasp on the importance of community and we look forward to working with her as she continues to be a strong advocate for public servants throughout the 16th Suffolk District.” 

The Revere Police Superior Officers Union represents high-ranking officers of the Revere Police Department. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association is a fraternal organization representing Chiefs of Police across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“I’m pleased to announce that the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police has voted to endorse Jessica Giannino’s campaign for State Representative of the 16th Suffolk District,” said John Nelson, First Vice President, Massachusetts Coalition of Police. “It is important to have Jessica’s commitment to public safety for the citizens of the Commonwealth and we look forward to her continued support of the Massachusetts men and women in blue who serve across our state.”

Mass C.O.P. is the largest law enforcement union in the Commonwealth. For 40 years, they have focused on the welfare of Massachusetts police officers and 911 police dispatchers. They now represent over 4,000 members serving in more than 157 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

“In the opinion of our Executive Board, nobody will fight harder than Jessica Giannino for public safety and to improve the quality of lives for the residents who reside in the 16th Suffolk District,” said Kevin Flanagan, MCOFU Legislative Representative. 

The MCOFU currently represents all employees in Bargaining Unit 4 of the DOC, Bristol County Jail and House of Correction CO’s, the Plymouth County BCI and Communication Officers and the Dukes County Correction Officers.

“I’ve grown up with a deep understanding of the sacrifices that police officers make each time they report to work,” said Councilor Giannino. Every day when my dad puts on his uniform and goes to the station, he sets out to protect not only my family, but our entire community. That being said, I’m completely humbled to have the noteworthy endorsements of the Revere Police Department Superior Officers Union, MCOPA, Mass C.O.P. and MCOFU. It is an honor to have these seasoned men and women serving the Commonwealth, and to have their support as I campaign for State Representative means the world to me.”


 Metro Credit Union (MCU), Massachusetts’ largest state-charted credit union, today announced continued growth and expansion despite the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, Metro surpassed $2.3 billion in assets, and the organization continues to see historic levels of home mortgage originations. Metro has also remained committed to the expansion of its Commercial Lending division. Most recently, Metro’s near completion of its three-year infrastructure project, which includes the transformation of its technology, marketing, and human resources departments, has led to several new hiring opportunities. Part of Metro’s transformative project is the transition to COCC, an innovative collection of core financial technology platforms. While Metro seeks highly skilled candidates in all areas of the business, it is especially interested in those with prior COCC experience.

 Since March, Metro has added 20 employees to its team, which brings the organization’s total head count to 325. Notable new hires include Kevin Malone, Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender; Jason Truong, Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager; and most recently, Kim Monahan, Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Credit Officer. In addition to Commercial Services, the Marketing, Operations, and Risk and Security departments have also seen significant growth this year.

 “I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish so far in 2020 even when the odds have been stacked against us,” said Robert Cashman, CEO and president. “I’m looking forward to finishing the year off strong as an organization, and welcome qualified candidates to consider joining us for the ride ahead.”  

 Metro is hiring across many different areas of the organization and seeks outstanding candidates to join its fast-growing team. The organization prides itself on its outstanding culture built on its core value system of team work, excellence, integrity, service, community, and fun. Recently, Metro was named an honoree in the Boston Business Journal’s annual 2020 Corporate Citizenship Awards, a recognition of the region’s top corporate charitable contributors. This year, Metro was the only credit union in the state recognized by the Boston Business Journal for its charitable work. Earlier this summer, the organization was named the overall winner in the Credit Union Hero category of the Community Hero Awards by Banking New England for its work producing Still She Rises, an October 2019 event that raised more than $55,000 for domestic violence prevention. Metro has also played its part in the fight against the coronavirus, donating 5,000 N95 masks to Partners HealthCare in April, and $5,000 to the One Chelsea Fund in May. 

Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts, with $2.0 billion in assets. Metro provides a full range of financial products to more than 225,000 members in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol and Worcester counties in Massachusetts, and Rockingham and Hillsborough counties in New Hampshire, as well as to employees of over 1,200 companies through its Metro@work program.

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