Sunday, March 10, 2013
Boston City Councilors Stephen Murphy and Tito Jackson have proposed updating the way people can pay parking meters and bills in the city.
The Boston City Council will be discussing whether to enable residents to use smart phones to pay parking meters or pay bills at payments kiosks throughout the city. The two ideas are separate and were proposed by different councilors but fall under the same idea of using technology to make things easier for residents. At the council meeting on Wednesday, March 6, City Council President Stephen Murphy filed for a hearing to discuss the feasibility of payment kiosks. "Several other cities and towns do this. They have kiosks that are located in heavily populated and trafficked areas," Murphy said. "It's like a remote satellite station to pay a municipal bill. I’ve seen them at sports arenas, libraries, transit stations, and they get good …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Gun control laws are regulated at the state and federal level, but Boston City Council President Murphy believes the city can affect change, too.
The Boston City Council unanimously elected Stephen Murphy to serve as council president for 2013. During the Council's first meeting on Jan. 7 after being re-elected as council president, Murphy, an at-large councilor from Hyde Park, took on banning assault weapons. “No sportsman or gun collector needs an assault weapon. There is no sport in using an automatic rifle,” said Murphy. The Boston City Council and Mayor Thomas Menino supported a ban on assault weapons after the Newtown school shooting. Gun control laws are regulated at the state and federal levels, but Murphy believes the council can affect change in three ways: Murphy also promised to be actively involved in the rejuvenation of the Fairmount-Indigo Commuter Rail project …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Murphy to remain as Boston City Council president after getting support from his peers.
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy has secured nine votes from his colleagues to remain City Council President for a new term beginning January 2013. According to a release from Murphy, the following councilors have committed their vote to Murphy: Felix Arroyo, Frank Baker, Mark Ciommo, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Tito Jackson, Sal LaMattina, Bill Linehan, Matt O’Malley, and Murphy himself. That leaves At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey, and District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross, who have not committed as of yet. Murphy pointed to his leadership in making Boston the first city in the nation to require sports injury and concussion training as part of the permitting process for the …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy originally called for a ban on styrofoam cups in 2009, but feels there's more support of it in 2012.
The styrofoam cups that are being used today will live longer than the man who would like to ban them in Beantown - Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy. At Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting, Murphy reintroduced an order from 2009, calling for a citywide ban on styrofoam cups. "The styrofoam is nonbiodegradable and lasts for hundreds and hundreds of years in landfills," said Murphy, who reminded his peers that 10 of them supported the order in 2009 (with the other three not being on the council). Murphy said more than 111 municipalities have banned them across the country, and that locally, Brookline is debating a ban now. "It’s sound public policy. (I'm) just asking for it to go to the appropriate committee and seeing if we…
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Stephen Murphy is marrying Bridget Simmons this morning at King's Chapel following by a reception.
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy will tie the knot today with longtime girlfriend Bridget Simmons in a service at King's Chapel. At Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting, Father Joe White of St. Vincent's Parish in South Boston started his prayer remarks with, "We should pray for Bridget..." Murphy laughed, as did much of the those in the know of Murphy's pending nuptials. An afternoon reception at Anthony's Pier 4 will follow the morning service. They are not taking an immediate honeymoon, said City Hall sources.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Boston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday to create mandatory concussion safety training for permitted organizations on all Boston playing fields, rinks and leagues.
If an independent athletic group wants to use Boston's facilities, they'll have to first provide concussion safety training to all coaches, players, referees, trainers and volunteers. A new ordinance makes the training a prerequisite for a permit to use city-owned facilities. The Boston City Council passed te ordinance at its Wednesday meeting. The ordinance, sponsored by Council President Stephen Murphy, was previously discussed in a March 14 public hearing and two working council committee sessions. The two main points of the ordinance "concerns the procedures organizations should follow in the event of a concussive injury." And second "requires any independent athletic organization seeking a permit to use City-owned facilities to …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Improvements coming to neighborhood parks, pools and playgrounds.
The Boston City Council unanimously passed Mayor Thomas Menino's Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget of $2.5 billion at Wednesday's regular council meeting. There is $215 million in new FY 2013 project authorizations throughout the neighborhoods - so let's see what Menino and some of the councilors believe are the highlights to the FY '03 budget, which begins on July 1, 2012. Overall, the city's budget increased 3 percent over last year, coming in at $2.5 billion for fiscal 2013. That's an annual increase of $72 million. Property taxes continue to be the city’s largest source of revenue, along with hotel, meals and other excise tax revenue. according to city officials. The city’s second largest source of revenue is net state aid from …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Boston City Council resolution recognizes today as Fenway Park Day in recognition of the beloved park's 100th birthday this season.
At today's Boston City Council meeting, the council will declare today to be Fenway Park Day in the City of Boston. “In 100 years, I hope a celebration like this is happening again,” said Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, referring to the 100th birthday celebration of Fenway Park on April 20. But the birthday celebrations are continuing all season long. The Boston City Council will do their part by declaring April 25, 2012, Fenway Park Day. Murphy will present members of the Fenway Park organization with an official resolution during the council's Wednesday meeting. “This gives the City and fans another chance to remember what Fenway Park means to them. If you’ve lived in Boston for any length of time, I guarantee that you …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Boston City Council recessed more than half a dozen times dancing around proposed resolution about three strikes legislation on the state level.
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy let out a laugh after banging his gavel ending the Council's regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting. The meeting was to start at noon, but ended up being closer to 1 p.m., and the Council followed their late start with more than half a dozen of recesesses, finally ending the meeting after 3 p.m. A resolution by District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey "urging Governor Deval Patrick and the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts thoroughly review and publish the finding of the social and economic impact the proposed 3-Strikes Habitual Offender Bill may have on all Massachusetts' cities and towns if passed and enacted" is what tripped up the Council. Several councilors did not …