Lynch appointed to oversight subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) has been tapped as the ranking Democrat on an oversight committee.

Lynch's office on Friday announced that U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, appointed Lynch as the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy. The subcommittee is chaired by U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross, a Florida Republican.  Read more

Patrick outlines latest plans for local aid, municipal health reforms

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jan. 21, 2011

JAN. 21, 2011……The annual budget proposal Gov. Deval Patrick will unveil next week will boost state aid for schools by $140 million, cut another pool of local aid by $65 million, and include a pair of health insurance reforms that the governor believes could offset any related negative impacts on local government services and jobs.

Patrick, who next week plans to fully outline ways to erase a gap between projected state revenues and expenses of up to $2 billion, told local officials meeting in Boston Friday morning that his budget will increase Chapter 70 education aid to cities and towns by $140 million, or 4 percent, to a total of $4 billion next fiscal year.  Read more

Candidates weigh in on legality of Council’s ouster of Turner

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 21, 2011

It was a vote of the City Council that set in motion the campaigns to replace former City Councillor Chuck Turner. And after a Thursday night forum, the candidates vying to fill his seat offered up varying responses to the question of whether the 11-1 vote to oust him was the right move.

Turner, unsurprisingly, thinks it wasn’t, and he is suing city officials over the vote, saying it was illegal and violated his Constitutional rights. The vote, which city councillors have defended as legal and within Council rules that Turner himself signed off on, occurred about a month after a jury convicted Turner of accepting a $1,000 bribe and lying to federal agents.  Read more

Prosecutors recommending range of 33 to 41 months in jail for Turner

Federal prosecutors are recommending that a judge hand down a prison sentence of 33 to 41 months for former City Councillor Chuck Turner.

Turner was convicted by a jury of taking a $1,000 bribe and lying to federal agents about it. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence and is suing the City Council for jettisoning him from his District 7 seat.

"Turner’s conduct has been the [antithesis] of acceptance of responsibility," prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo filed on Thursday. "Instead, his conduct has affirmatively promoted disrespect for the law, has demeaned the seriousness of his offense, has debased his public office, and has eroded the public’s trust in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Turner’s calculated and persistent attacks on local and federal law enforcement agencies, designed to deflect attention from his own corrupt conduct, have been corrosive to respect for important public institutions and the rule of law."  Read more

Ballot order for District 7 race

The ballot order, per the Boston Elections Department:

-- Natalie Carithers (former aide to ex-state Rep. Willie Mae Allen)
-- Danielle Renee Williams (Roxbury resident)
-- Cornell Mills (former foreclosure prevention specialist, son of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson)
-- Tito Jackson (former political aide to Gov. Deval Patrick)
-- Roy Owens (perennial candidate)
-- Althea Garrison (perennial candidate and former state representative)

The preliminary is scheduled for Feb. 15. District 7 includes Dorchester, Roxbury, Lower Roxbury, and parts of the Fenway, and the South End.

Chance encounters, one man’s vision fueled Codman Square Health’s success

Walczak speaks in 1979. At left, Mayor Kevin White; at right state Rep. W. Paul White. Photo: CSHC.Walczak speaks in 1979. At left, Mayor Kevin White; at right state Rep. W. Paul White. Photo: CSHC.

Give Marge Muldoon her share of the credit.

As the president of the Codman Square Civic Association, she made a fateful decision one night in December 1974 during a meeting in the basement of “the white church” — the landmark Second Church of Dorchester. She gave Bill Walczak an assignment that changed his life and, eventually, the course of history in our neighborhood.  Read more

New Codman CEO has been key deputy, shares vision

When Sandra Cotterell first arrived at Codman Square Health Center nearly 17 years ago, she was already well on her way to an impressive career in nursing and health care management.  Read more

City's snow response: As good as it gets

Let’s be up front about this: The Reporter is hardly a mouthpiece for the Menino administration. We have sharp differences with the mayor and his team, particularly over their hard-to-pin-down policy on the city’s libraries.

But there are plenty of things that Menino and his seasoned staff get right — and snow removal is one of them.  Read more

Thursday's District 7 forum moved to Roxbury Y

A Thursday night forum featuring District 7 candidates will be held at the Roxbury YMCA.

The forum, put together by a group of minority and neighborhood groups, starts at 6:30 p.m. The forum was originally slated for the Freedom House in Grove Hall.

Sponsoring groups include the New Democracy Coalition, the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, the Center for Church and Prison, the Cultural Café, and the College of Community and Public Service, among others. Organizers have said there will be no endorsement.  Read more

Murphy releases committee assignments

City Council President Stephen Murphy released on Thursday committee assignments for city councillors, with Dorchester's Maureen Feeney staying atop the Government Operations panel. East Boston's City Councilor Sal LaMattina will be the council's vice president, a position last held by Murphy as part of a deal two years ago to elect Michael Ross head of the body.  Read more