Politics

Walsh to tap Huff Post manager as Chief of Staff

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh will lean on one of Arianna Huffington's right-hand men to manage his City Hall office, the Reporter has learned. Daniel Arrigg Koh, who is presently the general manager at HuffPost Live, is an Andover native at Harvard graduate who has served as an advisor to Mayor Tom Menino in the past. The news was first reported on Twitter by Reporter news editor Gintautas Dumcius.  Read more

Long road, tough call: The mayor elects to end his run

Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not seek another term on March 28, 2013.Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not seek another term on March 28, 2013.

The night of March 27, 2013 had the state’s political class initially focused on a U.S. Senate debate between Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey, who were both vying for the Democratic nomination. But nearly everybody, from inside the debate’s green room to politicians’ fundraisers and their homes, ended up with their faces glued to their phones as word leaked out that the mayor of Boston would not be running for another term. In this edited excerpt of his campaign trail ebook “This Way to City Hall,” Dumcius takes us through what happened on that day.

On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon in late March, the black SUV sat in its usual spot, inside the horseshoe-shaped driveway off of Congress Street and underneath City Hall’s concrete overhang.

Sometime before sunset, Mayor Thomas M. Menino slipped out of the building and into the car, and with his detailed police officer in the driver’s seat, set off for the Hyde Park neighborhood of Readville and his Chesterfield Street home, the concrete structure disappearing behind him.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook | Walsh mulls appointments: ‘Trying to see what works’

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

Patrick mulls broad commutations of prisoners for first time in his tenure

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 23, 2013

Expressing continued concern with mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, Gov. Deval Patrick said he would be “very interested” in commuting the sentences of a segment of the inmate population if it would relieve overcrowding in prisons.  Read more

Walsh discusses development, refutes reports of tension with Menino

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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

Reporter’s Notebook: Essaibi George says no to a run for Walsh seat

Annissa Essaibi George, who ran unsuccessfully for one of the four City Council At-Large slots this year, said on Friday that she will not be a candidate for Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s seat in the Massachusetts House. “I feel I’m more suited for City Hall,” she said. George, who lives in the Columbia/Savin Hill area and chaired Walsh’s 1997 campaign for the House seat, said she plans to spend the next two years focused on running for at-large in 2015, the next municipal election cycle.  Read more

For Walsh, Boston College makes perfect sense as inaugural venue

Marty Party: Mayoral inauguration will happen at BC's Conte Forum, celebration to follow at Hynes Convention Center. Photo by Mike DeehanMarty Party: Mayoral inauguration will happen at BC's Conte Forum, celebration to follow at Hynes Convention Center. Photo by Mike DeehanOn Jan. 6, Marty Walsh will be sworn in as Boston’s 54th mayor — and the first from Dorchester in more than a half-century. He’ll take the oath and give his first mayoral address in front of a few thousand of his closest friends and admirers — including Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, who’ll perform at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Walsh’s choice of venue for the historic occasion is Conte Forum, the Boston College sports arena that can accommodate up to 8,000 spectators. When the news broke last Saturday morning, there was some push-back from members of the Twittering class that the university is too remote from downtown, with some erroneously claiming that the Forum is located in Newton. In fact, the arena is laid out entirely on the Boston side of BC’s sprawling campus.  Read more

Former at-large candidate decides against entering state rep race

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

Council could vote on landmark status of 24 Grampian Way on Wednesday

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

One year later, Washington has failed to address gun threat

One year ago today, families across America saw the carnage in Newtown broadcast on the nightly news. Yet one year later, politicians in Washington have failed to protect the American people.  Read more