City Council

Yancey could face District 4 challenge

City Councillor Charles Yancey could face a challenger from Roslindale this year if he runs for reelection in District 4. Steven Godfrey, the 43-year-old executive director of the Community Minority Cultural Center in Lynn, opened a campaign fundraising account on Monday.  Read more

Council approves third redistricting map with 11-2 vote

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 31, 2012

City Council Passes New Redistricting Plan from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

After 18 months marred by frequent infighting, city councillors today passed a compromise map that re-carves the political boundaries of council districts in the city. The vote to approve a map with amendments offered by City Councillor Tito Jackson was passed by a veto-proof majority, 11-2. Councillors Charles Yancey of Dorchester and Bill Linehan of South Boston opposed the measure.

This now marks the third time the council has sent a map to Mayor Thomas Menino, who vetoed two previous attempts due to the high concentration of people of color in District 4, which includes parts of Dorchester and Mattapan.

The mayor is expected to sign off on the map, his spokeswoman said shortly after the vote.  Read more

Mattapan now key ground in redistrict maze; Jackson offers new wrinkle for councillors to debate

District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson this week suggested moving most of Mattapan into Rob Consalvo’s District 5 while pushing the boundaries of Councillor Charles Yancey’s District 4 west into Roslindale.

Councillors were expected to debate again at their weekly meeting the redrawing of the boundaries of the city’s nine City Council district seats. The meeting followed a “working session” that was another chapter in the long-running saga of the redistricting process, which is required to occur every 10 years in response to population shifts across the city noted by the US Census.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Yancey move on crime bills raises some senatorial ire

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

Councillor Charles YanceyCouncillor Charles YanceyA pair of state senators have lit into City Councillor Charles Yancey’s resolution calling for a slowdown in Beacon Hill deliberations on the proposed three strikes and habitual offender bills. Sen. Steven Baddour, a Methuen Democrat who is vice chair of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican who serves as the minority leader, accused Yancey’s resolution of spreading “inaccuracies and misconceptions” about the Senate’s habitual offender proposal.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the pair did not attend a City Council hearing on a resolution, but they sent an aide from Tarr’s office to read a letter to City Councillor Michael Ross, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, and his colleagues.  Read more

Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings

Dorotea Manuela explains why she wants a high school in Mattapan.

City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses.  Read more

Yancey questions city’s urban farming initiative

City Councillor Charles Yancey and several disgruntled residents faced off against Menino administration officials this week, claiming they were not informed about the city’s attempt to temporarily turn four city-owned vacant lots in Dorchester into urban farms.  Read more

City Council to hold hearing on libraries June 3

The City Council's budget-vetting committee is scheduled to take testimony on the Boston Public Library system's budget on June 3.  Read more

(UPDATED) Pressley, Arroyo named to new committees

UPDATE: The make-up of each committee is posted below.

The City Council's two new at-large councillors are getting two new committees to work with:

-- Ayanna Pressley, the council's first African-American woman, is chairing the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities. The committee will cover city programs on youth, families and new Bostonians.  Read more