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February 14, 2013

City's new senator pledges focus on tourism

O'Connor Ives named to key post, eyes tourism dollars

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While campaigning last year, O’Connor Ives promised to be an advocate for leveraging the Merrimack River and other resources in the district to spur economic development.

“Travelers spent $16.9 billion in Massachusetts in 2011,” she said. “Each city and town in the 1st Essex District has a tourism economy with growth potential.”

O’Connor Ives has also been appointed vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, as well as a member of the Higher Education, Financial Services and Consumer Protection committees.

“The work on these committees dovetails together well, and we know how critical the success of small business is to the success of the larger economy,” she said.

Since the current legislative session began Jan. 2, O’Connor said she has filed six bills and co-sponsored 13 pieces of legislation.

Prior to winning the Senate seat, O’Connor Ives was elected three times to the Newburyport City Council. She resigned from the council Jan. 1 to focus solely on her Senate job, she said.

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