Former "Big Dig" lawyer up for Mass. transportation position

Aloisi helped keep information about troubled project under wraps

December 17, 2008

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is calling on Boston’s checkered past to fill the state’s transportation secretary position.

According to the Boston Globe, former “Big Dig” chief counsel James Aloisi Jr. is being considered for the job, which has critics demanding reconsideration.

Not only was Aloisi part of a legal team that kept much of the information concerning the “Big Dig” under wraps, but he also has been a strong supporter of former Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello, and even praised his efforts while he was overseeing the controversial project.

“I really believe the public demands a clean slate and a fresh start before they support any increase in tolls and taxes,” Sen. Mark Montigny told the Globe. “I don’t know how anyone who was a part of this disaster can sell that and convince the public.”

Others in the state legislature view Aloisi as the right choice and one that can help shut down the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

“Perhaps this is reform redefined,” Rep. Joseph Wagner told the Globe. “I’ve known [Aloisi] for years and he’s an individual who is capable of blending policy and politics.”

Aloisi would replace Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen, who submitted his resignation on Dec. 15.