City officials: State sunk ferry

Daily ItemBy Thomas Grillo | Daily Item

Lynn—Sen. Thomas M. McGee and EDIC/Lynn Executive Director James M. Cowdell fired back Wednesday at a Baker administration official who said a city request for $700,000 to operate a commuter ferry this summer came too late.

The money would have paid for a ferry to run from the Blossom Street extension dock for a third summer season..

Cowdell said the funding request was submitted on March 16 and placed on the state Seaport Economic Councils June agenda for certain approval. A week later, EDIC received an email from the council requesting a sustainability study to explain how the operating expenses would be paid for going forward. But the city was given six months to complete it, he added.

Of Seaport Economic Council member Carolyn Kirk, Cowdell said, “For Ms. Kirk to say that we didn’t get the application in on time is a blatant falsehood. The rejection letter said the project cannot be funded, but never mentioned that we missed any deadline. For whatever reason somebody made a determination that it shouldn’t be funded.”

Kirk’s claim is one of several examples Cowdell and McGee underscored to amplify their objections to the Baker administration’s response to city efforts to sustain the popular ferry.

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