James Kerasiotes

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James Kerasiotes
Director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
In office
July 1, 1996 – April 11, 2000
Preceded byAllan R. McKinnon
Succeeded byAndrew Natsios
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionNewspaper Publisher

James J. Kerasiotes was the director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and the project manager of the Big Dig in Boston during the 1990s. He was asked to resign by Massachusetts governor Paul Celucci on April 11, 2000, because of cost overruns. The Big Dig has continued to suffer cost overruns and other setbacks since then. He also served as Secretary of Transportation in the Cabinet of Governors William Weld and Paul Celluci from 1992 to 1998.

Before entering state government, Kerasiotes was publisher of NewsWest, a suburban newspaper in eastern Massachusetts, and later a director of Tab Communications, a chain of weekly newspapers west of Boston.[1] He also was involved in the creation of the monster board.

In July 2014, Kerasiotes was charged in federal court with filing false personal income tax returns.[2] He pleaded guilty on September 11, 2014 before Judge William G. Young[3] and was sentenced to 6 months in prison[4].


  1. ^ http://graphics.boston.com/globe/metro/packages/spotlight_dig/kersio.htm
  2. ^ "Former State Secretary of Transportation Charged with Filing False Tax Returns". United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
  3. ^ Milton J. Valencia (September 11, 2014). "Former Big Dig chief pleads guilty to tax crimes". The Boston Globe.
  4. ^ "Former Secretary of Transportation James Kerasiotes Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Tax Evasion". United States Department of Justice. February 5, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2018.