Rosenberg Makes Appearance At Florence Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2018

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg was among the dignitaries who spoke at the Florence parade Monday, on the 150th anniversary of the oldest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the United States. 

Some in the crowd lining the parade route cheered for Rosenberg as he walked by.

The response was similarly warm after the parade, when he spoke of the benefits Massachusetts provides to veterans.

“We take responsibility here for the individuals who return, for the families who rejoin them, and for the families whose family member is not going to return,” Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg declined an interview request.

Rosenberg resigned from the legislature May 4, following a Senate Ethics Committee report that said while he did not violate any formal Senate rules, he failed to protect staffers from his husband Bryan Hefner. Hefner faces sexual assault and other charges.

Investigators also faulted Rosenberg for violating Senate policy by insisting that Hefner have access to his computer so his husband could review his schedule. The access gave Hefner "unfettered" access to the Senate president's email and confidential information, and the report found that Hefner abused that access and sent messages under Rosenberg's name

Matt Murphy of the State House News Service contributed to this report.