St. Fleur takes seat on city's Zoning Board

Marie St. Fleur

Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur has been appointed to the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal, officials confirmed this week. The zoning board, which consists of seven members and assorted alternate members, hears requests for conditional use permits, variances, permission to expand or change nonconforming property uses, and similar zoning relief, according to the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

St. Fleur was confirmed to the post by the City Council in their Sept. 13 meeting. According to the city council documents, St. Fleur is the only new appointment to the board, approved for a term expiring on July 1, 2018.

She joins realtor Craig Galvin as a Dorchester voice on the board. Galvin’s term expires in 2019.

The council re-approved board members Anthony Pisani, Bruce Bickerstaff, Mark Fortune, and Mark Erlich, as well as alternate members Eugene Kelly, Kerry Walsh Logue, and Tyrone Kindell, Jr. at the meeting.

St. Fleur was the first Haitian-American elected to public office in Massachusetts, serving as representative for the Fifth Suffolk District from 1999 to 2010. The district, now represented by Evandro Carvalho, covers portions of Dorchester and Roxbury.

She resigned from her state post in the spring of 2010 to become the late mayor Thomas Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment for the City of Boston. A former assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general, St. Fleur now has a small communications firm “specializing in community engagement and grassroots outreach.”

As Walsh seeks reelection, St. Fleur has endorsed the incumbent and been a prominent advocate for him in the Haitian community. She was a central presence at a recent rally in Mattapan in September, three days before the preliminary election that Walsh won in a landslide.

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