Politics

Henriquez's position at State House unclear following conviction

By 
Michael P. Norton, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

House members who arrived on Beacon Hill Wednesday for their first substantive session of 2014 were distracted first by a political meeting at a nearby hotel and then by the news that one of their colleagues was led away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs and is headed to jail.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez sentenced to jail after conviction on two assault counts

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Rep. Carlos Henriquez was led away in handcuffs Wednesday after being found guilty by a jury in a domestic violence case stemming from an early morning rendezvous in Arlington Heights during the summer of 2012.

Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat in his second term, was found guilty in Cambridge District Court of two counts of assault and battery, and was acquitted on an additional count of assault and battery, witness intimidation and larceny of a SIM card.  Read more

Alleged victim describes attack, effort to reach Rep. Henriquez

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 13, 2014

After making out with him in the backseat of his rental car around 3 a.m., Katherine Gonzalves broke the news to Rep. Carlos Henriquez that she couldn't go home with him, the 25-year-old recalled on the witness stand at Henriquez's criminal trial Monday.

"His demeanor just changed," Gonzalves testified. She said, "He said, 'I drove all the way out here, into Arlington.' "  Read more

Rep. Henriquez's attorney to seek dismissal of assault case

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 10, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez is seeking a dismissal or finding of not guilty in his assault and battery criminal case after a previously undisclosed police report turned up during cross-examination in the trial Thursday.

Judge Michele Hogan met with Henriquez’s attorney and prosecutors Friday morning, saying the hearing’s purpose “is to make sure this defendant gets a fair and impartial trial.”  Read more

Walsh makes three more interim appointments, including Dot native Holmes as info chief

Justin Holmes

A top aide to Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday afternoon announced three additional appointments. In an email to City Hall workers, Walsh chief of staff Daniel Koh thanked them for their patience and said he would keep them informed about new hires and promotions.

According to the email, which was obtained by the Reporter, Justin Holmes, a Dorchester native, is the interim chief information officer. Holmes, who served as chief of staff to Maureen Feeney when she was the City Council president, was director of constituent engagement under Mayor Thomas Menino.  Read more

Linehan will head City Council; 8-5 vote seen to define new lines

The City Council elected South Boston’s Bill Linehan as its president on Monday afternoon in an 8-to-5 vote that roiled progressive activists who supported a last-minute bid by Ayanna Pressley, a councillor at-large who lives in Dorchester. The vote potentially exposed new fault lines in the 13-member Council, which welcomed three new members and one familiar face to its ranks that same day.  Read more

Editorial: The Marty Walsh we know

We Knew Him When: The cover of the March 13, 1997 Reporter carried news of Martin J. Walsh's special election victory. Shown with him is campaign manager Michael McDevitt. Photo by Bill ForryWe Knew Him When: The cover of the March 13, 1997 Reporter carried news of Martin J. Walsh's special election victory. Shown with him is campaign manager Michael McDevitt. Photo by Bill Forry

On Monday, the city and the region got its first extended glimpse of the political leader whom we’ve come to know, simply, as Marty. It was a good first impression and a reminder of why he won last fall: People want to like him.

They also want him to get better— to achieve more than even they thought he could. They still do. Like every one of us, he’s a work in progress. And that has been the case with him since Day One of his move into politics.

For folks from Dorchester, he is now the vessel of their own aspirations: the kid from the three-decker on Taft Street who has beaten cancer, a drive-by bullet blast, and “the disease” to grasp his city’s ultimate brass ring. Marty has become living, breathing proof that we can tame our own demons and even harness them for the purposes of a greater good— like ministering to an emerging generation of Bostonians whose futures are similarly imperiled by bullets and booze.  Read more

Judge directs witnesses against using term 'kidnap' in Rep. Henriquez's trial

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 8, 2014

Witnesses in the case against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, will be directed not to use the term "kidnap" and when the alleged victim takes the stand she will be asked not to use the term "hostage," Judge Michele Hogan ruled ahead of the trial Wednesday.

Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown said the prosecution dropped a kidnapping charge because to press such a felony against Henriquez would have required a grand jury indictment.  Read more

Walsh rolls out new appointments on first full day at City Hall

Mayor Marty Walsh greeted the press as he made his way into City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for his first full day as mayor of Boston. Photo courtesy Isabel Leon/Mayor's Office

Mayor Marty Walsh rolled out several new appointments to his administration today in his first full day as the city's chief executive.

Joyce Linehan, one of Walsh's top political advisors for years, will be the chief of policy, Walsh announced at a 1:15 p.m. press conference. Linehan lives in Lower Mills and has served as chairwoman of the Ward 17 Democratic Committee.

Linehan told reporters that the post was "too much of an honor to pass up." She added: "It's my dream job, really."  Read more

Text of Mayor Walsh's inaugural address

As prepared for delivery inside Boston College's Conte Forum.

Good Morning.

Chief Justice Ireland, President of Boston College, Father Leahy, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the other Reverend Clergy attending; Governor Patrick, Senators Warren and Markey; Congressmen Capuano and Lynch and Congresswoman Clark; Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Murray and all my former colleagues in the legislature, good morning to you all.

To the current members of the City Council, congratulations. I look forward to working with you for the
people of Boston.