Local residents, lawmakers discuss Senator Rosenberg’s resignation from State Senate

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Senator Rosenberg spent more than 27 years in the State Senate. But as of 5 p.m. Friday, it will all end.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg represents residents from 24 communities in Hampshire and Franklin districts.

Governor Charlie Baker sent this statement to 22News on Wednesday:

The Senate’s ethics report reveals a deeply disturbing pattern of behavior, making it clear that Senator Rosenberg has compromised the business of the Chamber and trust of his constituents. For the good of the institution and those who elected him to serve, I believe the Senator needs to resign immediately. My thoughts remain with the victims and I commend them for their bravery.”

His resignation comes after an ethics report released Wednesday said he demonstrated poor judgment and failed to protect the Senate from his husband, Bryon Hefner.

A Pelham resident, who did not want 22News to show his face on camera, said lawmakers should be held to a higher standard. “They got the public’s trust, I mean that’s their job,” he said. “I expect the guys across the street doing tires to put the tires on right and tighten the nuts. Lawmakers should do their job.”

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said in a statement to 22News: 

I respect Senator Stan Rosenberg’s decision to resign in the best interests of his constituents, colleagues and staff, and the Massachusetts Senate. I also commend him for accepting responsibility for the serious lapses in judgment outlined by the Ethics Committee report and apologizing to those whose lives have been deeply affected by them.

Stan Rosenberg has served the people of western Massachusetts ably and diligently for over thirty years as both a State Representative and State Senator. He has been a tireless advocate for his constituents on so many important issues and all of our communities are better for his service.

Unfortunately, this turn of events leaves the City of Northampton with no representation in the state legislature until January 2019. In addition, because the Ethics Committee report was issued the day after the statewide filing deadline there is no opportunity for a contested election for our now-vacant State Senate seat. I call upon the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Senate President to work together to extend the filing deadline for the Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester District for an additional two weeks so that we can have a full and robust debate about the needs and future of its 24 cities and towns.”

Rosenberg’s estranged husband, Hefner, was indicted in March on felony charges including sexual assault. Hefner pleaded not guilty last week.

The pair separated in January after three men said Hefner sexually assaulted them.

After the 80 pg report was released, Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, among others in the State Senate, called on Rosenberg to resign.

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