BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a bill to create "Boston Strong" license plates just days before the running of the first marathon in Boston since last year's bombings.
After a signing ceremony in the State House with the sponsor of the bill Rep. Angelo Puppolo, of Springfield, Registrar Celia Blue and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, Patrick said he "enthusiastically" signed the bill, which cleared the House and Senate unanimously.
The proceeds from the sales of the $40 license plates will be donated to the One Fund for victims of the marathon bombings.
"It's a marvelous gesture to acknowledge what we all went through, both those who were affected directly and all the rest of us who were affect indirectly and the celebration of Boston Strong, which I believe is an incredible statement of community and the strength of this community and the most enduring lesson to come out of that experience a year ago," Patrick said.
Transportation Secretary Richard Davey expects the plates to be available in the late summer or early fall after MassDOT works with the One Fund to design the image.
The governor also said he was "incredibly disappointed" by the raid conducted by U.S. Marshalls to shut down the unlicensed, underground Dorchester radio station Touch 106.1 FM, which has been an outlet for black community voices in Boston. Patrick said his office tried to dissuade the U.S. Attorney's office from taking the action it did to close the station.
"You'd like to think of them bringing more of a problem solving approach. Touch is a pretty important voice in the community. I've been on it many times, and I have tremendous respect for the team over there," Patrick said.
The governor said his attorneys have been in touch with lawyers at the station and his team in Washington, D.C. has reached out to the Federal Communications Commission to try to get the station back on the air.
-- STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE