Thank you

Dear Friends,

It has been my privilege and honor to represent the communities of Ashland and Framingham in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the last 10 years. Together with my colleagues in the Legislature, we have achieved significant advances for the people of my district and for the entire Commonwealth. While some of my proudest accomplishments have taken place at the State House — passing legislation to help people with disabilities, using higher education to give people opportunities, and bringing education funding to Ashland and Framingham — it is time to make room for a new voice.

I have decided not to seek reelection in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. I will receive my doctorate in the spring, and look forward to utilizing my education, experience, and the lessons I’ve learned from the people of Ashland and Framingham, to continue making a difference in the lives of Massachusetts residents. For the remainder of this session, I will continue to represent the communities I know and love with diligence and dedication. When I leave public office, I hope to pursue opportunities to impact further progress on the issues that have shaped my work at the Statehouse – higher education, disability policy, and equal opportunity.

Over the past 10 years, I have been deeply moved by the confidence my communities have expressed in me, and remain incredibly thankful for all of your support.


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Established in 1979 to provide free information and a voluntary mediation service for area consumers when they encounter problems, the Consumer Assistance Office MetroWest is one of a number of local consumer programs which work to help resolve consumer complaints dealing with contracts, warranties, scams, retails sales, unsolicited merchandise, mail orders, home improvement, rainchecks, and car sales and repair.



How to Break Generational Cycles of Poverty

Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) and Senator Michael Moore (D-Milbury) have filed An Act Relative to Breaking Generational Cycles of Poverty. See the text here.

How it works

1) The Department of Transitional Assistance identifies 150 parents collecting welfare where assessment shows they would be successful candidates to be enrolled in a community college for a certificate or associate degree.


Seniors: Save up to $1,050 on your taxes

Here you will find information on how to get up to $1,050 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts if you were 65 in 2014.

As an additional resource, I encourage you to

Please reach out to me if you or someone you know needs help filing their forms or have any eligibility questions. Please keep in mind that this is not official tax advice.



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Sannicandro: A milestone in disability rights

MetroWest Daily News
Monday, November 3, 2014

by Tom Sannicandro

Last week I joined Gov. Deval Patrick, colleagues in the Legislature and over 100 disability advocates in signing the landmark Real Lives bill at Fenway Park.

The passage of the Real Lives Bill is a major milestone for disability rights in Massachusetts. It represents a fundamental shift in how we perceive people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by expressing a confidence in them as self-advocates whose own desires and interests should be central to their plans and their lives.



State Representative Tom Sannicandro joined lawmakers Wednesday in approving a long-awaited bill that would extend critical protections to transgender individuals in public spaces by adding “gender identity” to Massachusetts’ existing civil rights statute for public accommodations, which currently prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, religion and marital status. In 2011, the Commonwealth provided legal protections to transgender individuals in the areas of credit, housing, employment, and public education, but has trailed behind 17 states, Washington D.C., and more than 200 cities and towns across the nation that have successfully implemented explicit protections for transgender individuals in public accommodations, including 14 Massachusetts municipalities.



The budget includes an additional $4,133,403 for Framingham schools, a 12.3 percent increase from last year. It also includes a $2.5 million reserve fund for underfunded schools, as determined by the state school funding formula. Framingham qualifies for the additional funding from the reserve fund.

Ashland school funding increased $62,350 from last year. On top of that increase, Ashland schools also received an additional $500,000 to mitigate student overcrowding.

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