Hi, I’m Anthony D'Ambrosio.

I'm running for  Massachusetts Senate's 1st Suffolk & Middlesex district. Learn more about my views and how we are eager to help our community. 

  • Education

  • Economic Development & Wealth Inequity

  • Affordable Housing

  • Universal Childcare & Pre-Kindergarten

  • Public Safety

  • Energy & Environmental Justice

  • Transportation

  • Public Health

  • Immigration

  • Universal Affordable Broadband Internet

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Education

Education is an issue of pivotal importance to me. My father was an immigrant to this country from Italy, and my mother is the daughter of Italian immigrants. Both of my parents benefitted tremendously from their experiences in East Boston, Revere, and Winthrop public schools, which propelled them to good colleges and jobs. It is not an overstatement to say that neither I nor anyone else in my immediate family would be where we are today without the support of the public school systems in this district. My immense gratitude to these schools is why I ran for School Committee in Revere.

 

We need several statewide initiatives to best support Massachusetts students after this most disruptive year of their lives and set them up for long-term success. 

 

First, funds are needed NOW to remediate the aftermath of Covid-19, not in 3 years. As preparations for full-time, in-person schooling begin, funds must be made available to ensure that students, teachers, and parents are kept safe. Additional resources must also be made to support students who may have fallen behind academically due to remote learning.

 

Second, we need to promote equity in school districts so that no child is left behind or disadvantaged. I was proud to spearhead the creation of the first ever Revere Equity Advisory Board that brought together parents, teachers, students, and other community stakeholders to develop creative solutions to address educational inequities. To aid municipalities and ensure the best educational opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners (ELLs), funds for educational equity initiatives should be included in the state budget. 

 

Third, we must make mental health resources readily available to all Massachusetts students. Youth mental health issues and substance abuse have spiked during the pandemic, creating a crisis for many families. As a member of the Revere School Committee, I led the implementation of a districtwide mental health audit to determine how Revere Public Schools could better support our students. We need to make state funds available so that every school district in the state can conduct such mental health audits. Similarly, we must make more public health resources available to municipalities and school districts for the purpose of combatting the mental health crisis impacting our children.

 

Finally, we need to dramatically expand internship and apprenticeship programs for the Commonwealth’s high schools and community colleges. Connecting Activities, the largest statewide apprenticeship program for students provides opportunities for a mere 3.6% of the nearly 300,000 public high school students in Massachusetts each year. This is unacceptable. All Massachusetts students should have the opportunity to gain real-world job experience for the benefit of their futures and our 21st century state economy.

Economic Development & Wealth Inequity

I am running on a platform of jobs and infrastructure for a 21st century Massachusetts. At the state level, we need to support the creation of good jobs that pay a livable wage, include quality health insurance, and offer paid family and sick leave.

 

We must build on existing efforts to attract innovative start-ups and established businesses in the healthcare, technology, manufacturing, trades, and service sectors to the Commonwealth. Additionally, we need to support small businesses as they rebound from the devastating impacts of Covid-19. This includes expanding financial assistance to small businesses, helping to connect prospective retail and service workers with employers, and investigating supply chain issues that have resulted in increased costs of goods ranging from meat to lumber.

 

As a financial analyst of technology companies, I had a front-row seat to the ways in which our economy is changing and automating. To support the Commonwealth’s residents during this transition, we should provide workers with the tools and training necessary to succeed in new jobs, while also reigning in the excesses of Big Tech companies. Specifically, we need to revise portions of the state tax code in order to disincentivize companies from classifying employees as independent contractors.

 

In all economic development efforts, we must fully support workers’ rights and the right to organize. Organized labor offers enormous benefits to Massachusetts workers and is one of the most powerful tools to combat wealth inequity.

Affordable Housing

We must make housing affordable by easing old zoning laws and employing innovative “smart growth” policies to free up real estate that can be used to build more housing. In promoting housing development, we must ensure that the district’s residents reap the benefits of mixed-income neighborhoods without being displaced or priced out.

 

I support housing stabilization initiatives that eliminate housing insecurity and make home ownership a realistic possibility for all Massachusetts residents. Simply put, we need more affordable housing to sustain our families and fuel our economic growth into the 21st century.  Without more affordable housing, we will not be able to sustain the economic growth required for a prosperous Commonwealth.  

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