Ed Deveau, former chief of staff to state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, has been hired as deputy campaign manager of Rob Consalvo’s mayoral bid. Marcus Ferrell, who has worked on state Senate campaigns in Florida, is serving as campaign manager.
Petruccelli, an East Boston Democrat who is backing Consalvo and emceed Consalvo’s recent kick-off, called Deveau “one of my closest advisors” in a statement released by the Consalvo campaign. Read more
Jul. 3, 2013
City councillors last week unanimously approved Mayor Thomas Menino’s final spending bill, which, for fiscal year 2014, consists of a $2.6 billion operating plan and a five-year $1.8 billion capital plan. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which began on Monday, focuses on education, housing, and online learning. Read more
Jul. 3, 2013
Voters in parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale will likely be seeing double when they pull their ballots at polling stations this fall: District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey is mounting a campaign for reelection while also tossing his hat into the multi-candidate race for the mayoral seat left open when his longtime sparring partner, Mayor Thomas Menino, announced he wouldn’t be seeking a sixth term.
According to the Election Department, Yancey has picked up enough signatures to qualify for both offices. He is allowed to run for the two positions simultaneously, but if he wins both, he will be restricted to serving in one or the other.
But Yancey’s double bid – and the City Council’s redrawing of district boundaries across the city – has led three challengers to eye the District 4 seat Yancey has held since 1983. And none of the three is keen on Yancey running for both. Read more
Jul. 3, 2013
A 21-year-old Norfolk Street man is behind bars this week on high bail after he was arrested last week and charged in a child porn investigation. Luis Gonzalez was ordered held on $35,000 bail at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on July 2. Gonzalez is alleged to have shared explicit images and videos of children using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. Read more
Jul. 3, 2013
Saying the 80-year-old state law that imposes limits on municipal liquor licenses is hurting small businesses in Boston, City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley has launched an effort to revamp the system. Pressley, a Dorchester resident, has filed a home rule petition that would lift the cap on the number of licenses made available, an effort requiring the support of the City Council, the mayor, and the Legislature. Read more
Jul. 1, 2013
Agreeing to significantly higher spending on the state's university system and new efforts to tamp down on fraud in the welfare system while discarding an expansion of the bottle deposit law, the group of lawmakers negotiating the annual state budget filed their $34 billion proposal on the eve of the new fiscal year, along with an accord on a mid-year spending bill. Read more
Jun. 28, 2013
It took less than 10 minutes: After ten mayoral hopefuls stepped off the stage and left a Dorchester union hall on Thursday night, the Greater Boston Labor Council quickly voted to throw its support to state Rep. Marty Walsh.
Walsh, who has represented Dorchester in the state Legislature since 1997, is a former laborer and top union official. Earlier this year, after announcing his run for mayor, he stepped down from the job of secretary-treasurer of the Boston Building Trades Council.
A few hundred delegates to the Greater Boston Labor Council, which represents 90,000 union members in the area, were in the room for the voice vote. The council includes utility workers, machinists, and the building trades, among others. Read more
Jun. 27, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for a quiet dinner in the South End last Wednesday night, the mayor reported. Their dinner prompted some light chatter on Facebook and Twitter after they, along with Clinton’s security team, were spotted at Hamersley’s Bistro on Tremont Street.
“Both of us were talking about our transitions,” Menino told the Reporter, referring to his decision in March not to run for a sixth term and her departure from the State Department in February. Read more
Jun. 27, 2013
The headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School is still feeling the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed one of his students and injured another and her mother. Martin Richard, of Dorchester, died from the impact of one of the bombs, while his sister Jane, a first grader at the school, was seriously injured, as was their mother, Denise, the school librarian.
“It’s going to be there in September when we come back,” said Kevin Andrews at a City Council hearing last Thursday afternoon on the impact of violence and the need for a comprehensive trauma response system for the city. Read more
Jun. 26, 2013
The city’s Main Streets Foundation heralded its top volunteers last week during an awards ceremony at the Strand Theatre— an event that raised $200,000 for the program aimed at boosting neighborhood business districts. Read more