Political Notes: Whelan, Crocker File Child Safety Bill

A Cape Cod Times article written on April 4th discusses the legislation filed by  State Reps. Will Crocker and Timothy Whelan, called “An Act to Improve Child Safety.”

Political Notes: Whelan, Crocker File Child Safety Bill

Cape Cod Times

Geoff Spillane

April 4, 2017

WEST YARMOUTH — State Reps. Will Crocker, R-Centerville, and Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, joined forces Friday to file legislation titled “An Act to Improve Child Safety.”

The bill, which has not yet been assigned to a legislative committee for hearing, would close a loophole in state law that prevents communication between police departments and state Department of Children and Families investigators.

Under current state law, department investigators are not parties with whom police can share information, much of which is crucial and often obtained during first response to domestic violence calls.

The issue was brought to Crocker’s attention by Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson.

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Sandy Milano, of West Yarmouth, has taken the leadership reins of the Cape and Islands Democratic Council.

Milano, 51, was elected president of the organization last week, replacing longtime leader Robert Isadore, of Yarmouth Port.

A native of upstate New York, Milano has lived on Cape Cod for more than 30 years and works as a certified distressed property advocate, helping people who are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. She first became politically active during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign of former state Attorney General Martha Coakley.

As the Cape and Islands’ Democratic leader, Milano said her goal was to connect with activists through education and outreach and then reach out to others “the old-fashioned way, neighbor-to-neighbor.”

“It’s an incredibly exciting time in politics; so many people are energized,” Milano said. “Our job is to harvest that energy and turn it into productive activity.”

Milano is also one of the founders of the Cape & Islands Stronger Together political activist movement.

Before looking ahead to the 2018 election cycle, Milano will focus energy on municipal elections in the region.

“It all starts at the local level,” she said Monday.

State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, said Milano was one of his key campaign workers in the 2016 election.

“Sandy epitomizes a new generation of Democratic leader,” Cyr said. “She is all about doing the work and getting it done. She has done a remarkable job since the election to bring some organization and consensus to the Democratic Party on the Cape and Islands.”

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At age 83, she’s the “Energizer Bunny” of county politics.

Barnstable County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn, of Falmouth, is on the rebound after a knee infection sidelined her earlier this year and has returned to attending meetings in person.

“I’m really feeling good,” Flynn said Monday, adding she remained active in county affairs all along despite a brief stay in the hospital and time in a rehabilitation center.

Flynn said she looked forward to finalizing the fiscal 2018 county budget and developing strategies for the regional government in the coming year.

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The Brewster Democratic Town Committee will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brewster Police Department, 631 Harwich Road. The meeting will focus on the state party platform, coming rallies and working with the Cape and Islands Stronger Together and Indivisible Lower Cape activist groups.

On Sunday, the Outer Cape Democratic Coalition will hold a party platform meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brewster Ladies’ Library to prepare for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June.


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