Cape Cod Times: Newly elected Cape Cod officials ready to get to work

January 5, 2021

Steve Xiarhos was featured in an article in today’s Cape Cod Times regarding newly-elected officials and their priorities.

From the story:

Fellow freshman Steven Xiarhos, a West Barnstable Republican who beat out James Dever for the 5th Barnstable District state representative seat that was vacated by Randy Hunt, also said his top priority was the pandemic.

“We will hit the ground running and obviously one of our biggest concerns is the whole COVID issue,” he said. “It’s worse now than ever.”

The two are the Cape’s true freshman legislators and will be sworn in at the Statehouse on Wednesday, though the usual pomp and circumstance will be toned down. Friends and family can’t come to watch this year because of COVID-19 protocols, and there will be a small, distanced in-person ceremony for the new class of legislators, according to Xiarhos.

Even still, he said Monday he was feeling “humbled, grateful and very excited,” to serve his district.

Please click on the link below to read the full article:
https://www.capecodtimes.com/story/news/2021/01/04/covid-19-top-priority-newly-elected-cape-officials/4133299001/

NBC10 Boston: Comments by Steve Xiarhos regarding recent shooting of a MA State Police Trooper on Cape Cod

December 4, 2020

Steve Xiarhos was interviewed briefly today by NBC10 Boston regarding the recent shooting of a Massachusetts State Police Trooper on Cape Cod.

From NBC10’s coverage:

Former Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief and incoming State Rep. Steven Xiarhos stopped in at Lennon’s barracks in a show of support Friday.

“I just came by today to thank the State Police and to let them know that we love them and we respect them,” Xiarhos said.

Xiarhos said the situation reminds him of Sgt. Sean Gannon, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 12, 2018. Gannon’s K-9, Nero, was also shot and underwent emergency surgery. He has since recovered.

“It brings back a lot of memories of Sean Gannon,” Xiarhos said. “Thank God we aren’t going through a funeral of a police officer.”

Please click on the link below to watch the full interview:
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/what-we-know-about-andre-sterling-the-mass-fugitive-killed-in-ny-shootout-with-feds/2248340/

Cape Cod Times: Xiarhos Included in Coverage of the Police Reform Bill

December 2, 2020

Steve Xiarhos was quoted today in a Cape Cod Times story regarding passage of the so-called “Police Reform Bill” (S. 2963) and the opinions of Cape Cod leaders regarding the bill:

“I am disappointed by the Legislature’s passage of the police reform bill yesterday. After months of mostly private deliberations, the final bill was voted on hastily and without debate and contemplation befitting its significance,” [Xiarhos] said in a statement. “And, while I share the belief that certain reforms are needed, I oppose this particular bill as a whole. The end product, I believe, will undermine first responders and legitimate public safety efforts statewide. That is unacceptable. I urge Governor Baker to review this bill carefully and ultimately to veto it.”

Click on the link below for the full story in the Cape Cod Times:
https://www.capecodtimes.com/story/news/2020/12/02/opinions-differ-police-reform-bill/3802576001/?fbclid=IwAR150mJQHbHxEHGStAWW4gBCGmGWCFNh6TJHHvAB0ZsPYfgJBwrwQhsYoZU

Cape Cod Times: Xiarhos to propose bill to aid injured first responders

December 1, 2020

The Cape Cod Times published a story today regarding the filing of legislation by Steve Xiarhos regarding fundraisers for first responders injured in the line of duty:

From the story:

One of the first things state Rep-elect Steve Xiarhos, R-West Barnstable, plans to do when he takes office is file a bill to ensure future fundraisers for first responders injured in the line of duty are legal.

Xiarhos, a retired Yarmouth deputy police chief, came up with the idea after questions were raised about the legality of a GoFundMe fundraising effort for state Trooper John Lennon, 28, who was shot during a car stop in Hyannis on Nov. 20. The gunshot went through his right hand, according to state police.

Read the full story in the Cape Cod Times:
https://www.capecodtimes.com/story/news/2020/12/01/steve-xiarhos-proposes-fundraiser-bill-for-police-officers-injured-while-on-duty-duty-john-lennon/3783643001/

Xiarhos Wins State Rep. Race

November 3, 2020

“SANDWICH — Former Yarmouth police Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos will be the 5th Barnstable District’s next state representative, beating James Dever in Tuesday’s election by 1,167 votes.

Xiarhos, a Republican from West Barnstable, will succeed state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, who decided not to run for a sixth term this year.”

Read more about Steve’s victory in the Cape Cod Times:
https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/old-colony-memorial/2020/11/04/steven-xiarhos-edges-james-dever-in-5th-barnstable-district-race/114691736/

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Happy weekend, folks! This Monday was one of my favorite days of the year…Flag Day! I love the beautiful flag of our great Nation and was proud to be celebrating Flag Day in America at various events in the 5th Barnstable District. I was the guest speaker at the Forestdale School celebration and also attended the West Barnstable Flag Day celebration that evening. The Joint Committee on Elder Affairs held their first hearing this session on Monday. Elder Affairs is one of the four committees that I serve on. We heard testimony on legislation relative to assisted living and continuing care retirement communities. Later in the day, I met virtually with Senator John Velis of Westfield to discuss PFAS contaminants. Similarly to my own district, Senator Velis has a military base located in his – Barnes Air National Guard Base, and PFAS contamination in his district has been linked to the firefighting foam used at Barnes. I recently met with a group of concerned constituents on this topic and felt it would be beneficial to learn how other legislators are dealing with this issue in their districts. On Monday evening, I also attended the Barnstable Republican Town Committee monthly meeting and provided a legislative update.On Tuesday, the House met in a formal session to take up legislation that would extend certain pandemic-related policies now that the COVID-19 state of emergency has ended. I participated in a GOP Caucus call prior to the start of session. The House session ran until around 9:00 PM that evening. This legislation extended policies such as – outdoor table and alcohol service, the sale of cocktails “to go”, virtual public meetings, electronic videoconferencing for notary publics, and more. In addition to our formal House session, I also attended the Cape Cod Elder Abuse Coalition’s event titled “Preventing Elder Abuse: Where are the Gaps?”. I am acutely aware of the history of elder abuse on Cape Cod through my time of the Yarmouth Police Department. As a member on the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, I will be a strong advocate for programs to address the needs of our senior population. The Joint Committee on the Judiciary also met on Tuesday and I presented written testimony on a piece of legislation I filed this session – H.3790 An Act Relative to the First Offense of Juveniles. This legislation would correct an unintended consequence of the 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Act. Currently, following the Criminal Justice Reform Act and subsequent decision of the Supreme Judicial Court, when a juvenile commits a misdemeanor crime carrying a sentence of six months or less or a fine it is required that it be dismissed. If the juvenile then commits a second offense prior to their 18th birthday, the original charging officer would have to present their evidence in whatever court system the second offense was committed in from the original incident (if it was preserved after the case was dismissed as mandated) to participate in the first offense hearing. After proving the first offense was legitimate, the juvenile – who has engaged in repeat criminal behavior, now becomes eligible for a diversion program. Creating a statutory definition for first offense at the finding of probable cause by a clerk magistrate solves this issue. A finding of first offense triggering the diversion option at that time relieves the logistical burden of the first offense hearing and allows for what was intended – an opportunity for a juvenile offender to participate in a diversion program at the time of the first offense. This legislation would provide juveniles with proper help and guidance and allows for individuals to receive needed help at the time of the first offense, rather than allowing them to continue to engage in criminal behavior and receive diversion help when it is potentially too late.My final agenda item on Tuesday was a radio interview on the K9 Nero bill on Nightside with Dan Rea. It was wonderful to hear people call in and share their support of this critical piece of legislation.Wednesday was a very busy day in the district! I held my second leg “Back2Business” in the Town of Sandwich. The purpose of my “Back2Business” tour is to give our local businesses support and publicity, as well, after a really difficult year. As part of the tour, I am visiting locally owned businesses, meeting with business owners, highlighting the products that they sell, posting on our social media about each stop on the tour, and encouraging everyone to shop small and shop local. Our small businesses have been through so much throughout the course of the pandemic and I wanted to take the opportunity to recognize their resiliency, promote their businesses and products, and grow their customer base.The Sandwich “Back2Business” tour took me to Community Health Centers of Cape Cod at Sextant Hill, Wish Gift Co., Sundance Clothing, Titcomb’s Bookshop, the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, and Ice Cream Sandwich. It was a fantastic day meeting with business owners and constituents.I joined students at Oak Ridge School to present Devin Fowler and Riley Noe and the entire sixth grade student council with House of Representatives citations recognizing their hard work in organizing a food drive students and families of the Oak Ridge School. Fantastic job to these students! It is great to see kids coming together and supporting their community.My office also attended a few virtual meetings on the topic of the Trial Court, cable television access, and on legislation pertaining to healthy food traceability. I started my Friday by heading over to Sandwich Community Television and recording my monthly Beacon Hill Brief. I am grateful for the opportunity to share what I am doing as your state representative through our community television. I then headed off to Bourne for the third leg in my “Back2Business” tour, where I was accompanied by Representative Dave Vieira and Marie Oliva, CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber. We visited T.L.C. Private Home Care Services, Footprints Café, Deb’s Dog House Pet Grooming, Vela Juice Bar, and Nolia Mabel Skin Spa.I am glad to hear that our businesses are bouncing back, but their main concern remains staffing shortages. If you are looking for work, please consider applying at one of our local, small businesses!At this time, everyone ages 12 or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth. If you have any questions on your eligibility, please visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. As of Saturday May 29th, all COVID-19 restrictions in the Commonwealth were lifted. To learn more about the recent re-opening updates, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts.As always, my office remains committed to having constituent services as our number one priority. If you are having issues with Unemployment, the RMV, or any other state agency, please contact us directly and we will assist you in whatever way we can. I can be reached at my email: Steven.Xiarhos@mahouse.gov or by phone: (508) 681-9673. Please do not hesitate to reach out.Wishing everyone a safe weekend! And a happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.Yours in Service,Steve X ... See MoreSee Less
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