In the State

Friday September 14, 2012


Longtime manager
tapped for MassPort

Thomas Glynn, a longtime manager in the public and private sectors, has been selected to be the new director of the Massachusetts Port Authority, ending a lengthy search.

The Massport Board was expected to vote Sept. 20 to appoint Glynn as chief executive officer of the semi-independent agency that runs Logan International Airport and the Port of Boston, according to person in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration with knowledge of the choice.

Glynn, who is currently a lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, was the chief operating officer at Partners HealthCare, a network that includes several major hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

His experience in government includes stints as general manager of the Massa chusetts Bay Transportation Authority, deputy commissioner of the state’s public welfare agency and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Bill Clinton administration.

If approved by the Massport board, he would succeed Thomas Kinton, who an nounced his retirement in February 2011 and left the agency on June 1, 2011. Kinton worked for Massport for 35 years, the last five as chief executive.


Wrong-way motorist
arrested on turnpike

Another motorist has been arrested for allegedly driving the wrong way on the Mass achusetts Turnpike in the western part of the state just days after a wrong-way driver caused an accident that killed two.

State police say 35-year-old Patrick Carroll of West Brookfield was spotted driving east in the westbound lanes of the highway in Palmer at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

A witness told police Carroll was actually driving in the right direction, but then did a U-turn. Police say he may have driven four miles before exiting.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on an operating under the influence of alcohol charge.

An 84-year-old Connecticut man drove the wrong way on the highway last Friday in Ludlow. He, as well as the driver of vehicle he struck, died.


EEE case is confirmed
in Plymouth County

State health officials are confirming a fourth case of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts.

The Department of Health said Thursday the Plymouth County man in his 60s is hospitalized.

Officials also announced a 14th case of West Nile virus, in a Hampden County man in his 50s who has been discharged from a hospital.

Both illnesses area carried by mosquitoes.

A Worcester County man in his 70s died of EEE last month.

Because of the new cases, the DPH raised the mosquito threat level for EEE to "high" in Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell and Plymouth, and urged cancellation of outdoor evening activities. The West Nile threat was raised to "high" in Agawam, East hampton, Hadley, North ampton, South ampton, and Westfield.

Other communities around the state have already been designated at higher risk for the mosquito-borne diseases.

-- The Associated Press


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