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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6, 2008

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 961-6682


SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES LEGISLATIVE BLOG


The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has just launched a new web log or “Blog” detailing the legislative issues and advocacy of Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral.

With the assistance of Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Director of Legislative Affairs Matt O’Malley, the blog has been created as a means to demystify the legislative process and to further advance Sheriff Cabral’s objective to achieve transparency and participation in governmental affairs for residents of Suffolk County.

Regular blog features include “Ask The Sheriff”, an entry which allows visitors to pose questions to Sheriff Cabral about issues dealing with county corrections, reentry programming, department policy, and other law related queries; “Meet The Suffolk County Delegation”, which lists the names and contact information for all nineteen State Representatives and six Senators serving the Suffolk County area, which includes the Cities of Boston, Chelsea, and Revere, and the town of Winthrop; and ongoing reports about new legislation, budget status, and a host of other related information.

“The sheriff is a strong proponent of utilizing new media as much as possible and this is clearly a step in that direction,” said O’Malley, as he described the format and reasoning behind the blog’s launch. “Given the fact that Sheriff Cabral is an elected official and that some of our initiatives are collaborations with state, federal, and local government, we thought it was important to open up insight into how the legislative process works.”

“Further,” O’Malley continued. “It gives residents of Suffolk County the opportunity to communicate with the Sheriff’s Department and develop a more direct connection towards the understanding of how legislation works. Transparency and openness are the hallmarks of Sheriff Cabral’s administration and this is one of the ways in which we can continue to foster that goal.”

To access the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Legislative Blog, visit the Sheriff’s Department website at: www.scsdma.org and click on the link or to access it directly, visit: http://suffolkcountysheriff.blogspot.com.


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