Politics

Council pressing for delay on library closures

Members of the City Council are pressing for a one-year delay of library closures, City Councillor Maureen Feeney said this week.

Feeney, attending a meeting of library closure opponents from across the city, said councilors had been in talks with the Menino administration about the delay.

Boston Public Library trustees voted last month to close four branches, including one in Lower Mills. Since then, opponents of the plan have launched a campaign to save the libraries in their respective neighborhoods.  Read more

The case against House budget amendments on library closures

As House lawmakers prepare to take up budget amendments that would force the city to keep open all 26 libraries, Boston Public Library officials are circulating a memo saying that could lead to more layoffs.  Read more

City Council to hold hearing on libraries June 3

The City Council's budget-vetting committee is scheduled to take testimony on the Boston Public Library system's budget on June 3.  Read more

Library amendments up for debate next week

It's enough to make any conflict-hungry reporter squeak with glee.

As both the Reporter and the Globe noted today, the debate over whether to close four libraries, including the Lower Mills branch, should get even more interesting next week. That's when the House starts up debate on its version of the fiscal 2011 budget.  Read more

House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

By 
Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 16, 2010

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.  Read more

Commentary: Libraries can be saved if council stands tall

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By Lew Finfer
Apr. 15, 2010

In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our four at-large councillors, Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo to stand with us.

If each of these six politicians fights for the Lower Mills Library and services to all libraries, and if enough Dorchester residents add their donations and time, then the libraries will be saved.  Read more

City Councillors: Closing libraries should be “last option”

By 
Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 5, 2010

Closing branch libraries should be the city’s “last option” and should follow an extensive review of Boston Public Library finances and “lengthy” public debate, nine city councillors wrote in a letter to Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan.

“The Boston City Council has faith in President Ryan’s leadership and we believe that the men and women who run and work for our libraries do so for all the right reasons – for love of service and learning,” the councillors wrote. “But we cannot support the plan to close libraries after so short a discussion period.”  Read more

EDITORIAL-Health Care Relief is Ours

At long last, relief is here; let us be glad

$88,200.
How many of you earn that amount in a year?
Not I, says the teacher. Nor I, says the letter carrier. Nor I, says the clerk at the corner store. Certainly not I, says the senior citizen living on Social Security.
$88,200. That’s 1,700 bucks a week in your paycheck. If yours is a family of four, and you make less than that, some relief is here, at last.  Read more

(UPDATED) Extra serving: Patrick's poem and LG Murray's song

For those who missed it at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Southie, here's the poem Gov. Deval Patrick delivered, followed by the song by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. (Updated to add, via the State House News Service, some verse from Sen. Richard Tisei, who is Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker's running mate.)  Read more

Wallace won't seek another term in House

By 
Reporter Staff
Mar. 1, 2010

Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston), whose district includes parts of Dorchester, will not seek re-election this year, sources told the Reporter's Gintautas Dumcius today. See the Reporter's Lit Drop blog for more on this developing story. Wallace joins Rep. Willie Mae Allen and Rep. Marie St. Fleur as the third member of Dorchester's State House delegation to opt out of this year's state elections.  Read more