photo fom the Globe
He is currently awaiting a liver transplant and rarely ventures out into the public eye.
Reverend Massie was an early Patrick supporter and is one of many who have broken ranks with this Governor over the casino issue. The Reverend’s opposition was strong enough that he agreed to testify against the Governor’s plan at the hearings held in Gardner Auditorium on Tuesday.
Due to health concerns Reverend Massie was scheduled to testify early in the proceedings. By the time the Governor, his Cabinet, few long winded legislators, and a spittle flecked AFL-CIO chief thug Bob Haynes finished, several hours had passed. Not thirty seconds into the Reverend's empassioned testimony UNITE HERE Local 26 president, Janice Loux verbally assailed him and egged on her paid entourage.
(Classless moment: The union crowd booing the widely admired Bob Massie, a former candidate for lieutenant governor and a Deval Patrick fan, who left his home where he is largely confined awaiting a liver transplant, to make an impassioned plea against casinos.)
Quite a performance. Video here. She starts heckling around one minute. Her crew continues at the end.
This makes me PROUD to belong to the 85% of the Massachusetts workforce that is not required to belong to a political organization as a condition of employment.
HOTEL EMPLOYEES (HERE)
Boss’ Unpaid Taxes, Fines Questioned
Janice Loux, president Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Int’l Union Local 26 in Boston and board member of the Mass. Bay Trans. Auth. is in trouble for avoiding taxes and parking fines. The “combative” boss, who has blasted the T (Boston’s subway) for blowing taxpayer money on wasteful construction projects, had her car registration revoked two years ago after failing to pay auto excise taxes and a series of Boston parking tickets. Loux, a registered voter in Boston since at least 1988, has also been driving with a Vermont license after letting her Mass. license expire in 1990 after compiling a “sketchy” driving history.
Asked by the Boston Herald about her car problems last week, Loux said she had no idea she owed any taxes or tickets to the city. “I don’t believe I owe that stuff,” said Loux, “But if I do, it’s been an oversight.” She also said the license issue is a mistake, saying she got a license in Vt. because she owns a vacation home there. “I’ve just never bothered to change it over.”
Despite not being allowed to register a car or get a license in Mass. until she pays the $136.42 in outstanding excise taxes and the $276 she owes for six Boston parking tickets, Loux has a parking spot reserved for her at the Mass. Trans. Building. The $250-per-month spot (an extra perk for MBTA board members if they request it) is paid for by MBTA, which also gives all board members a $7,500 stipend. [Bos. Herald 01/29/01]
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES / HOTEL EMPLOYEES
Grand Jury Probing Boston Director
The U.S. Atty.’s Office in Boston has reportedly begun presenting evidence to a federal grand jury in the probe of apparent kickbacks from a racketeer to Mass. Bay Trans. Auth. Retirement Fund executive director John J. Gallahue, Jr. MBTA’s Fund covers some two dozen different unions, including the Boston Carmen’s Union, of which Gallahue formerly served as president. Prosecutors are reportedly examining possible wire and mail fraud charges against Gallahue for allegedly helping Francis K. Fraine, an arsonist with links to fugitive and reputed mob boss James J. “Whitey” Bulger, get $7 million in loans from the pension fund between 1998 and 2000.
Fund board member, Janice Loux, who is also president of Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Int’l Union Local 26 and one of Gallahue’s strongest supporters on the board, reportedly appeared before the grand jury, and at least one other board member has reportedly testified. Others are expected to be subpoenaed soon.
Gallahue’s 18-year tenure of the $2 billion pension fund is already in jeopardy, with the board scheduled to deliberate this week about an outside law firm’s review of Gallahue’s dealings with Fraine. The FBI began investigating Gallahue last fall after the Boston Herald ran stories detailing Fraine’s background as mastermind of several arsons in the 1970s, a felon convicted on a racketeering charge in Ohio in 1979, and a longtime operative for Bulger’s organization: a highly unusual profile for the recipient of $7 million in loans from a public employees’ pension fund. Those loans took place at a time when Gallahue was conducting personal financial dealings with Fraine which were not disclosed to the board.
For example, the Herald reported that within days of Gallahue’s Oct. 1998 purchase of a house on Lyman Road in Milton, Fraine began working on it. Records reviewed by the Herald indicate Fraine used money from MBTA Retirement Fund loans to pay for at least $ 8,000 in costs of renovating and expanding Gallahue’s home. The architect who last year designed the second-floor addition, for example, sent the bill to Adam Corp., a firm controlled by Fraine. Prior to that, in 1998, Fraine returned a disputed $100,000 downpayment to Gallahue’s then-girlfriend, Anne F. Holloran, three weeks after Gallahue arranged the first loan from the MBTA Retirement Fund for $ 1.9 million.
The Herald also reported that internal MBTA Retirement Fund records indicate Gallahue misled and in some cases lied to his board in order to steer the loans to Fraine. Within days of the first Herald stories, the board voted to hire the law firm Foley, Hoag to review all aspects of the Fraine loans and Gallahue’s conduct. The man who led Foley, Hoag’s review, Nicholas Theodorou, a former federal prosecutor, reported his findings to the board Aug. 1 at a meeting that lasted about eight hours. Gallahue’s attorney, Richard Gargiulo, made his own presentation to the board the following day. MBTA Retirement Fund meetings are closed to the public. But according to sources, Theodorou reported that he corroborated much of what the Herald reported last fall about Gallahue.
However, Theodorou’s findings reportedly exonerated board chairman Edward F. Sheckleton of any wrongdoing. The Herald reported last fall that Fraine had also been involved in and paid for thousands of dollars in construction work at two homes owned by Sheckleton. In a recent Herald interview, Robert Jubinville, Sheckleton’s attorney, said the board chairman believes he was billed for all the work done at his two homes and has produced checks to show he paid those contractors.
For example, Sheckleton paid $3,500 for the central air conditioning work done at his Plymouth home, a figure he believes covers the entire job, Jubinville said. Jubinville said other contractors identified in Herald stories as being paid by Fraine for work on Sheckleton’s houses have either denied it or refused to respond to his inquiries. [Boston Herald 8/13/01]
Boston Union Wants Secret Corruption Report Disclosed
The Board of the Mass. Bay Trans. Auth.’s Retirement Fund abruptly canceled its monthly meeting Oct. 19 after dozens of Boston Carmen’s Union members invaded the session demanding the release of a report examining executive director John J. Gallahue Jr.’s acceptance of apparent kickbacks from a convicted racketeer. “The members paid for the report. We ought to be able to see what’s in it,” said John Clancy, an MBTA bus driver.
But the Board refused to allow a vote on the issue, which was fiercely debated for nearly two hours before several members left the meeting, said James E. Lydon, a Broad member and president of Carmen’s Union Local 589. Lydon said it is time to end the secrecy in the $2 billion Fund’s activities. “The whole place needs an enema,” said Lydon. “We want full disclosure. No more secrets here.”
The session quickly turned nasty with board member Janice Loux, a Gallahue supporter and president of Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Int’l Union Local 26, accused Lydon of leaking confidential information to the public. She called him a “coward” and a “snitch.” The Board’s lawyer, Thomas Kiley, threatened Lydon with a suit if he released the report.
The report, prepared by attorneys at Foley, Hoag, cost to the Fund $600,000. It reportedly concluded Gallahue breached fiduciary duties in his dealings with convicted felon Francis K. Fraine. Gallahue allegedly pushed the Board to lend $7 million in loans to Fraine, a corrupt developer and admitted arsonist connected to fugitive crime boss James J. “Whitey: Bulger. Gallahue’s dealings with Fraine are under federal and state criminal investigations. The Board voted in Sept. to let Gallahue, who was on paid leave for 9 months from his $191,000-per-year job, resume work for 6 months.
The Boston Herald said: “when board members came face to face with the people they purport to represent, they took the same coward’s way out they have taken with regard to Gallahue’s conduct–they simply canceled their monthly meeting…The retirement board’s conduct has been shameful.” [B.H. 10/20, 10/23/01]