Lieutenant Governor Polito visits Hampshire County

Hampshire County

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Lieutenant Governor Polito came to Hadley on Thursday to celebrate the opening of three new municipal buildings and a new broadband program.

Hadley now has a new library, senior center and fire substation coming after years of planning offering new spaces where residents can come together.

“We’re at the final part of coming over the finish line,” said Carolyn Brennan, Hadley Town Administrator.

It took many years of planning and preparation and on Thursday the ribbon was officially cut. Polito commended Hadley taxpayers on their ability to make it happen.

“There are no state resources associated with the construction of these buildings. This was your vision and your treasure as individual tax payers to see this come through.”

Gov. Karyn Polito Massachusetts

Both the Library and the senior center are filing a bid for solar panels. All projects are currently coming in under budget.

Polito noted that Hadley is serving surrounding areas like Amherst and Northampton as well.

The new North Hadley Substation is working to address that expansion while the library and senior center are giving people spaces to come together.

Polito also attended Worthington Town Hall to celebrate the The Last Mile Program, making sure broadband access reaches the final communities in the commonwealth to receive it.

Support came from the state legislation and the Baker-Polito Administration.

Residents said in a time when having access to the online world is so important they are finally able to bridge this digital divide.

The Worthington Selectboard Chair, Charley Rose said “Without the push from the executive offices here in the state, I know none of that would have taken place. I personally do video work and it used to take a day to upload a video now it takes two or three minutes or less.”

According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute among Hampshire county communities Goshen and Chesterfield are still in progress.

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