On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses the results of last week's Republican primary to fill Ray Burton's Executive Council seat, as well as legislation on the docket for this week that would allow for casino gambling and legalizing marijuana in the Granite State.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died November 12th, was remembered yesterday at a Memorial Service held at Plymouth State University. Dignitaries large and small gathered together with Burton's friends and family to remember the longtime political face of the North Country. NHPR's Sean Hurley attended the event and sends us this report.
Ray Burton, the state’s longest serving Executive Councilor, and a political force in the Northern part of the state for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 74. Burton had kidney cancer. Across the state leaders on both side of the aisle remember Burton as a consummate public servant.
A new fire training facility in the North Country will be named after Executive Councilor Ray Burton, said Deborah A. Pendergast, the director of the state’s division of Fire Standards & Training and Emergency Medical Services.
The center, located in Bethlehem, will allow fire fighters from the North Country to learn fire fighting techniques without the cost and time involved in traveling to Concord.
“It gives the folks up in that area a facility that meets their needs,” she said in a telephone interview.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton has received Plymouth State University’s highest award for public service, only the third time the honor has been given in almost a decade.
The Henry W. Blair Award for Distinguished Public Service was created in 2004.
“It is for distinguished public service, it recognizes someone who has devoted – as Henry Blair did – a life to making the world better through strong public service,” PSU president Sara Jayne Steen said in an interview. “And, in that sense of course, Ray is the perfect candidate.”