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Patrick makes appointment to Pike Board after resignation
By Globe Staff
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed the state secretary of transportation and public works to serve on the board of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.
Bernard Cohen will fill a vacancy left by Thomas Trimarco, a board member appointed by former governor Mitt Romney in July. Trimarco resigned earlier this week in part because he said he was frustrated that Patrick opposed eliminating of some tolls on the highway. His term did not expire until June 2009.
As transportation secretary, Cohen would have been automatically appointed the board’s chairman on July 1. Patrick said he will appoint a new board member when Cohen becomes chair.
"Secretary Cohen's experience and sound judgment will contribute mightily to the Authority," Patrick said in a statement. "His understanding and enthusiasm for the job will be key in realizing our goal of a transportation network that improves the quality of life for our citizens and helps move our economy forward."
Cohen will forego a salary for serving on the board, Patrick said.