Time to Build the Commuter Rail

For over thirty years, New Bedford has waited for the train- a commuter rail line that will link the city, along with Fall River, to Boston. Right now, we have a Governor who is a true friend of New Bedford. In fact, Governor Deval Patrick committed in 2007 that commuter rail service would run from […] Read more »

Using Public/Private Partnerships to Reduce our Carbon Footprint

By Scott W. Lang Mayor of New Bedford, Mass. Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly popular way for political leaders and local governments to find innovative solutions to deal with the impacts of global warming, rising energy costs and dwindling resources. But localities cannot do this on their own. Teaming up with partners in the […] Read more »

Out of reach ~ 3,000 denied diplomas because of MCAS

June 8, 2010 (Published in The Boston Globe) PUBLIC HIGH school students across the state continue to suffer the collateral damage from MCAS. Almost 3,000 seniors will not graduate this month because they did not pass the science section of the test, a new hurdle imposed this year that students must pass, in addition to […] Read more »

Ed reform must move beyond MCAS

This article first appeared in CommonWealth Magazine As Mayor of New Bedford, I rely upon the entire community to work together to move our city forward. So it alarms me to watch New Bedford’s best resources, our promising young people, deprived of an opportunity to fully participate in our society. The young people to whom […] Read more »

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 15, 2006 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Grace Episcopal Church Good Afternoon. It’s an honor for me to speak at New Bedford’s celebration of the spirit and courage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King exemplified the ideals of sacrifice and commitment for the betterment of our fellow man. He led this […] Read more »

Acceptance Speech

Scott Lang makes acceptance speech This article appeared on November 8, 2005 in the Standard Times   Scott Lang took to the stage for his acceptance speech as a jubilant crowd cheered him on following the pummeling he gave Mayor Frederick M. Kalisz Jr. wracking up 15,673 to the mayor’s 7,601. He first spoke about […] Read more »

Lang topples Kalisz

This article appeared on November 8, 2005 in the Standard Times   Attorney Scott W. Lang was the overwhelming choice of New Bedford voters today, defeating four-term incumbent Frederick M. Kalisz Jr. by a 2-to-1 ratio. Mayor Kalisz spoke to his campaign workers just before 8:45 p.m. “You know what the conversations in the car […] Read more »

City needs change: Scott Lang for mayor

City needs change: Scott Lang for mayor This article appeared on November 6, 2005 in the Standard Times   Nearly three out of every four New Bedford voters sent a stern message in September’s primary election: It is time for a change. They split their votes among the eight challengers to four-term Mayor Frederick M. […] Read more »