It Really Was And Is Continues To Be An Extraordinary Model, Knapik Said.

1/29/18 - HOLYOKE - Left to right, facing the Holyoke City Council Development and Government Relations Committee at City Hall, are state Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, state Sen. Donald R. Humason, R-Westfield, and Michael R. Knapik, outgoing head of the Western Massachusetts office of Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, Jan. <a href= 29 2018.’ /> Knapik said Baker has asked that legislators approve $15 million to help schools that have taken Puerto Rican evacuees, in a supplemental budget bill, and another $15 million in the budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico Sept. 20. Knapik said Holyoke has set the standard with the welcome it has presented to the evacuees. “It really was and is continues to be an extraordinary model,” Knapik said. Knapik singled out for praise Betty Medina Lichtenstein, executive director of Enlace de Familias, 299-301 Main St., and Ward 2 Councilor Nelson R. Roman for their work in helping the hundreds of Puerto Ricans who have come here. Vega also said that with Baker having released funding for earmarks — money designated for a particular purpose — the community will benefit. Funding includes $50,000 that the  Girls Inc.

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