Governor Jim Douglas today announced changes at the Department of Banking, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA). Commissioner Paulette Thabault will be leaving state government to take a position with CVS Caremark MinuteClinic and Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will be appointed Commissioner of the Department.“I want to thank Paulette for her tremendous leadership at BISHCA and her dedicated service to the people of Vermont and congratulate her on her new position,” said Governor Douglas. “She will bring her clinical nursing expertise and experience helping to lead Vermont’s innovative health care reform efforts to the largest pharmacy health care provider in the country.”“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Vermont as commissioner at BISHCA,” said Thabault. “I am confident that the coordinated efforts of the BISHCA team along with others in the state will successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of federal health care reform in the months ahead.”Deputy Commissioner Mike Bertrand will take over from Commissioner Thabault in mid-June. Bertrand has served in numerous positions in state government. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner at BISCHA, responsible for overseeing the Insurance Division, he served as Deputy Secretary of Administration, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry and as deputy legal counsel and special assistant to Governor Douglas.“Mike is a strong leader with a wealth of experience throughout state government,” said the Governor. “I am confident that he will do an outstanding job and ensure a seamless transition taking over at the helm of the Department.”“I am honored and humbled by this appointment, and I look forward to leading the BISHCA team,” said Bertrand. “Commissioner Thabault has made the Department stronger, more efficient and more effective than ever. With the help of all the wonderful and dedicated professionals at BISHCA, I hope to build upon that foundation and continue the Department’s tradition of excellence.”Bertrand received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Fordham Law School. He lives in Montpelier with his three children. BISHCA protects consumers against unfair and unlawful business practices in the areas of banking, securities, and insurance, while ensuring that licensed entities are financially healthy.Source: Governor’s office. 5.19.2010###
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The extension of State Road 7 north in West Palm Beach has been stopped in its tracks.Monday, the city of West Palm Beach said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revoked the permit for the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had previously approved construction of the extension in 2017.According to the city, the Corps said this week’s action was in the public interest because the Florida Department of Transportation had not achieved necessary state water quality certification since the permit was first issued in July 2017.Environmentalists and city officials have said building the road would impact the nearby Grassy Waters Preserve, a 23-square mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island.“I am quite pleased with the decision of the Corps to revoke its permit,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James in a written statement. “This decision will ensure the protection of our very valuable water supply source at Grassy Waters Preserve, which is of great importance to the public health and safety of our citizens and which, as we have consistently contended, would be threatened by the construction of this road.”In July 2019, FDOT withdrew its state permit application. FDOT later said it plans to resubmit an application to the South Florida Water Management District with minor design changes.However, the city of West Palm Beach said Thursday that FDOT has not refiled its application.The city says FDOT needs to reapply and obtain both federal and state permits in order to move forward with the project after the permit was pulled.This week, West Palm Beach initiated conflict resolution procedures to resolve issues with the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency regarding its decision to re-include the State Road 7 project earlier this year.The city says the Corps revoking their permit resolves federal litigation initiated by the city concerning the matter.People who have supported the extension have said it would ease traffic in the county and save time for drivers going north and south.The extension of the road in the western area of the city has been a point of contention for years, leading to a lawsuit by the city and millions in legal fees to stop the construction.In February, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency approved adding a four-lane extension of State Road 7 from 60th Street to Northlake Boulevard to its long-range 25-year transportation plan.