On Monday morning, former state Rep. Marty Walsh will be sworn in as Boston’s first new mayor in two decades. For him, the transition from the State House to City Hall will likely be a huge shift. He will go from being one person in the middle of the hundreds who populate the three branches of state government to the person with his hands on all the levers of power in the city of Boston. Read more
Marty Walsh spent the weekend transitioning from the State House to City Hall, tapping a former rival as his health and human services chief and a young media maven as his chief of staff. He also filled two slots on the School Committee. Here’s a look at the some of the appointments over the last several days. Read more
Dec. 31, 2013
On the morning after Mayor Thomas Menino’s first State of the City address in January 1994, an analysis in the Globe said, “Although the new mayor coasted through the holiday season on a surfeit of good will, his administration never got out of first gear.” The report noted that he hadn’t replaced any department heads who had served under Ray Flynn and that he is “still heavily dependent upon Flynn holdovers in critical staffing roles.” Read more
Milly Arbaje-Thomas has stepped down from her role as director of ABCD’s Mattapan Family Service Center effective Jan. 1. She will be replaced in the position by Karleen Porcena, who has previously worked as the lead organizer of the Mattapan United organization, which is affiliated with ABCD. Porcena has also worked as operations manager for the Family Service Center, located on River Street in Mattapan Square.
Arbaje-Thomas has worked as ABCD’s director since May 2011. She says she will be taking time off to spend with her family and continue consulting with ABCD in the new year. Porcena’s position as lead organizer for Mattapan United will be open and advertised to new candidates beginning next week, according to Michael Vance, ABCD’s vice president for field operations. Read more
Dec. 20, 2013
Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh on Friday pushed back against reports that there is a simmering tension between his transition team and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, fueled by what has been described as a late push from Menino to win final approvals for several major developments before the mayor leaves office in January. Read more
Annissa Essaibi George, who ran for one of the four City Council At-Large slots this year, said Friday she will not be a candidate for Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s state House seat.
“I feel I’m more suited for City Hall,” she said.
Dan Hunt, an attorney who works for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, is currently the only candidate who has jumped into the race to replace Walsh, who steps down from his State House job on Jan. 3. The dates for the special election will be set after Walsh's resignation. Read more
Dec. 13, 2013
The City Council next week could vote on whether the dilapidated Savin Hill home at 24 Grampian Way should be designated a local landmark.
The council’s economic development committee, chaired by Councillor Bill Linehan, held a hearing on the landmark status on Thursday. The Landmarks Commission voted 9-0 on Nov. 26 to designate the home as a landmark, and Mayor Thomas Menino signed off on the designation the following day. Read more
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, who plans to leave his State House job on Jan. 3, said Thursday he won’t be wading into the battle over who becomes City Council president. Read more
Dec. 11, 2013
(Updated - 12/12 10:51 a.m.) A parcel of land in Port Norfolk will see an influx of $4.25 million in fix-up funding over the next three fiscal years, according to a plan that state officials laid out on Thursday. Civic activists have been pushing the state for decades to clean up the 14-acre Shaffer Paper site.
The funding will be broken down this way, state officials say: $250,000 for permitting in fiscal year 2014, $1 million in fiscal 2015, and $3 million in fiscal year 2016 when the bulk of construction work is expected to occur. The money will be included in Gov. Deval Patrick’s capital plan.
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, state Rep. Dan Cullinane, City Councillor Frank Baker and officials from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation stood in the shadow of the MBTA bridge, the Neponset River behind them, and announced the commitment.
DCR officials were scheduled to gather public input on their plans and discuss how best to connect the parcel with the Neponset Greenway Trail at the monthly meeting of the Port Norfolk Civic Association on Tuesday, Dec. 17. But that meeting was postponed until January due to an expected snowstorm. Read more
City Councillor-Elect Michelle Wu on Wednesday defended her decision to back Councillor Bill Linehan of South Boston for the City Council presidency. After news of her expected vote for Linehan broke on Monday, she faced a backlash from progressive activists who prefer Councillor Tito Jackson of Dorchester or Councillor Matt O'Malley of Jamaica Plain in the president's seat. Read more