Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday that Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella have been appointed to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors.
The board now comprises 11 members, an increase approved by the legislature based on the recommendations from the governor’s special panel.
“These leaders bring a deep understanding of the transportation issues facing communities and important perspectives to our focus on fixing the system for customers,” Baker said. “I look forward to the expanded board working in partnership with the new MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) Fiscal and Management Control Board as we strive to deliver improved service.”
Sullivan was elected mayor of Braintree in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. From 1993 to 2003, Sullivan was a state representative and served as chairman of the House Committee on Transportation for six years.
“Mayor Sullivan brings to the board an advanced understanding of the needs of our cities and towns that depend on reliable transit service,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. “Whether its commuter rail service or connections to bus and rapid transit, both Mayor Sullivan and Mayor Mazzarella will represent a strong local voice on the Board.”
Mazzarella has been mayor of Leominster for the past 22 years.
“Mayor Sullivan and Mayor Mazzarella understand the challenges we are addressing in delivering efficient, multifaceted transportation services in cities, towns and neighborhoods large and small,” MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack said. “I am delighted to welcome them to the board and excited about their contributions to our work.”