TOPSFIELD — State Representative Jamie Zahlaway Belsito secured $3.5 million dollars for the 4th Essex district in the House transportation and climate bond bill.
The House unanimously approved an $11 billion bond bill. The bill addresses critical transportation and climate infrastructure needs, critical MBTA safety improvements and lays the groundwork for an East-West railway.
Through Representative Belsito’s advocacy, the transportation and climate bond bill included funding for the installation of electric charging stations in Manchester and Rowley; critical reconstruction, culvert replacement and the raising of Argilla Road in Ipswich, as well as monies to address sidewalk access along High Street by the Ipswich Middle School and Ipswich High School.
Last month, the House of Representatives passed a $5 million-dollar general infrastructure bill, with 500K allocated to projects in the 4th Essex district. Representative Belsito worked with House leadership to fund accessibility and equity improvements for playgrounds and athletic fields in Topsfield; renovations and repairs to the Town Hall annex building in Rowley and the purchase of a new geographic information system for the town of Wenham.
“My job in the House of Representative is to make sure that the 4th Essex is represented in every discussion”, said Representative Belsito. “From money to ensure a playground is handicap accessible, to electric charging stations, I made sure our communities voices were heard.