Friday, May 10, 2013
"You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror."
Friday, May 10
A letter from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino: Dear Selectman Llodra, On behalf of the people of Boston I thank you and the people of Newtown for sending me the banner filled with signatures and words of prayer and support. All of us were very moved by this kind and thoughtful gesture. As such, we have proudly displayed the banner in the lobby of Boston City Hall for all to see and appreciate. In the aftermath of the attack at the Boston Marathon, our city has been flooded with offers of support and prayers from around the world. None of them, however, meant as much as the banner you sent from Newtown. You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror. Your …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to close the loophole that allows individuals on terror watch list lists to legally purchase weapons.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to know how one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was able to get a weapon, despite being on a federal terror watch list. "Right now there are thousands of people on terror watch lists who are considered too dangerous to fly on a plane, but when it comes to buying an assault weapon — no problem. It’s crazy,” said Menino to the Boston Herald. Menino, one of the co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said there are glaring loopholes in our federal gun laws, calling it the "Terror Gap", which enabled Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to get his hands on weapons. Menino said current loopholes allow individuals on terror watch lists to pass background checks to purchase guns legally. But some detractors do point…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will have surgery on his broken right fibula, according to WBZ. Menino is reportedly at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and is expected to undergo surgery on Saturday. He allegedly suffered the injury while attending a school event, and wasn't aware of the severity until later, reports WBZ. Calls to the Mayor's Press Office were not immediately returned to Patch. Menino is not seeking reelection, citing specifically he couldn't be out in the neighborhoods as he has in previous years. He spent two months in the hospital for various ailments last year.
District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley says he would sacrifice himself if he, John Connolly and Michael Ross, were falling off a cliff and he could save both of them.
District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, representing West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill, talked about his endorsement of John Connolly for Boston mayor, his food preferences, and delicious Boston tap water with Patch. Patch: You endorsed At-Large City Councilor John Connolly for Boston mayor? O'Malley: Correct. Patch: But now your fellow colleagues Felix Arroyo, Rob Consalvo and Michael Ross are all running to be the next Boston mayor – did you endorse too soon? O'Malley: No. I think this is among the most important elections of my lifetime and many Bostonians' lifetime. Tom Menino will go down as one of the greatest mayors in Boston’s history and whomever follows him will have enormous shoes to fill. I …
Soon after being elected to office, Mayor Menino created the Boston Public Health Commission.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Menino says proposed $2.6 billion Fiscal Year '14 budget is "prudent."
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino presented his last fiscal year budget - of $2.6 billion - with laughs, joking about the mayoral race with candidates and potential candidates in the room. Before getting to the details, a mock movie was played to a full room that included the Boston City Council, department heads, Superintendent Carol Johnson, as well as Police Commissioner Ed Davis. Laughs filled the Eagle Room at City Hall, for the comedic line that kept going, "From the producer of the Fiscal Year 1994 Budget, and the Fiscal Year 1995 Budget..." all the way up to Fiscal Year 2014 - "...coming July 1." Menino, sat in a chair the whole time, referred to the proposed FY '14 budget as "prudent" and that it increased 5.6 percent from fiscal year …
Parkway resident Kim Masterson submitted the following letter about Mayor Thomas Menino and the next Boston mayor.
Two weeks ago was a very sad day in the City of Boston...it was preceded by news I received Wednesday night via text message that our beloved mayor would not be running for re-election. Anyone who was born after 1993 has never known another mayor. The rest of us saw Mayor Kevin White and Mayor Ray Flynn. The city was bad. Then we got Tom Menino. In the past 20 years, we have seen our city do a complete 180! For that, we must thank Mayor Menino. This man has made himself visible to all the citizens of Boston. He has his hand in everything, making sure the city is a better place for its residents. How many mayors can you say are truly visible? Sure, there are a couple such as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of NYC and current mayor of NYC, …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
After twenty years of leading the city, what will be Menino's greatest legacy in West Roxbury?
Mayor Menino announced on Thursday that he would not seek re-election this year, ending his 20 year career as the longest-serving mayor of Boston. He said in his farewell speech that the individual neighborhoods of Boston served as his focus over the last two decades, measuring his progress by growth in the neighborhoods and by meeting residents. "Being in the neighborhoods gives me energy," he said on Thursday in his speech. "Being with our residnets builds our trust. It may not be the only way to lead Boston, but it's the only way for me." What do you think were Menino's greatest contributions to West Roxbury? How should he be remembered here? Tell us in the comments.
Boston's elected officials have worked with Mayor Thomas Menino for years. They weigh in on his decision to not seek re-election.
Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston's longest standing mayor, will not run for office this November. As the Hub's mayor for 20 years, he leaves behind a legacy with the city's citizens and elected officials. Jamaica Plain's Matt O'Malley, Boston City Councilor for District 6 has served on the council since 2010. He said he was "surprised and saddened" by Menino's decision. "This is a guy who has been the mayor since I was in the eighth grade," he said. "He served with distrinction and honor. I don’t think anyone can refute the fact that this city is far stronger and better than since before he took over." O'Malley, who said he does not plan to run for mayor, called Menino "as much of a Boston landmark as the Boston Garden or the Custom House." …
Friday, March 29, 2013
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election.
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election. Menino, who after two decades is the city's longest-serving mayor, announced his decision in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," Menino said. "I can run, I can win, and I can lead, but not 'in-the-neighborhoods-all-the-time,' as I like," he said. Menino said that over the last few months, his health has greatly improved, but he's not still up to his normal pace and not able to spend the amount of time in the neighborhoods that he's used to. "I miss hitting …