Bill Walczak

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 24, 2013 - Prelim Election Day

Today is Election Day. The 12-person field will be winnowed to two finalists who will face off on Nov. 5. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Candidates’ schedules, and a flashback to what newspapers were saying the morning of a preliminary 20 years ago, are available below.  Read more

Councillors take testimony on Suffolk Downs casino proposal

Seven of the twelve candidates running for mayor stepped off the campaign trail on Friday and spent several hours inside City Hall at a hearing on the Suffolk Downs casino proposal.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 20, 2013

4 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. The City Council’s economic development committee is holding a 12 p.m. hearing on the Suffolk Downs casino proposal and the plan for a Nov. 5 vote on the matter. Bill Walczak, whose opposition to a Boston casino is the centerpiece of his mayoral campaign, will testify. In a statement on Thursday, Walczak blasted the proposal as “magical thinking” and questioned the revenue figures behind the proposal. Walczak will again push the council to allow for a city-wide vote on the issue, a stance that has drawn public support in recent polls.  Read more

Poll: Boston voters want citywide casino referendum

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 19, 2013

New poll results show 64 percent of likely Boston voters want a citywide referendum on whether to allow a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, and voters deadlocked over allowing the city casino.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on medical marijuana

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 13, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates hoping to become the next mayor of Boston explained their stances on regulating and supervising medical marijuana facilities in the city.

QUESTION: How would your administration deal with medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston?

JOHN CONNOLLY: Voters have decided that such dispensaries are legal and it is now up to the city to come up with thoughtful zoning requirements to ensure that dispensaries are not concentrated in our most underserved neighborhoods or near schools.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on MBTA finances

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 11, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on whether the city should contribute funding for additional MBTA services in and around Boston. At question is the expansion of MBTA subway services later into the night or the return of late-night bus lines.

QUESTION: Should the city provide more of its own funds to expand service on the MBTA to include later service? How much and for what services?  Read more

A dozen mayoral candidates seek to rise above the fray in debate

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 10, 2013

In a 90-minute fast-paced 12-way exchange that at times resembled a raucous dinner-table argument, Boston's would-be mayors jostled for voters' attention with just under two weeks until the Sept. 24 preliminary that will cull the candidates to two finalists.

"My name is Charles Yancey, and I'm running for mayor of the city of Boston," the three-decade city councilor, who is also a candidate for re-election to the City Council, said during a rare lull in the Monday night debate.  Read more

Mayor hopefuls: Tell us your plan for this case

Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
Uphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill ForryUphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill Forry

There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.

The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on liquor licensing

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 30, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, ten of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on how state law could be altered to allow for more liquor licenses for the city. Currently, the Legislature selectively grants additional licenses for communities, but Boston has for years operated at the maximum number of licenses, creating high demand and steep prices for existing licenses. Mayor Thomas Menino supports a home rule petition from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley that would allow the city to do away with the cap and regulate its own licensing.  Read more

Suffolk Downs pact with city puts casino vote issue in spotlight

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 28, 2013

On a humid Tuesday afternoon, Bill Walczak was waiting outside City Hall. His mayoral campaign, like the others struggling for attention in a 12-person field, had just been handed a small gift from a few floors above: an agreement between the city and Suffolk Downs to bring money, jobs, and a $1 billion casino to East Boston. In other words, something specific to run against, aside from his opponents.  Read more