Politics

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

Mayor-elect says he's staying out of council presidency fight

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

$4.25m in funding set for clean up of Port Norfolk site

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 11, 2013

(Updated - 12/12 10:51 a.m.) Port Norfolk waterfront: State officials announce $4.25 plan to clean up old paper mill site.Port Norfolk waterfront: State officials announce $4.25M plan to clean up old paper mill site.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