Maureen Feeney

Will it soon be City Clerk Feeney? She quits Council early; Baker says he’ll step up

Maureen Feeney

The end came quickly and abruptly: Maureen Feeney finished her tenure as the District 3 city councilor last Thursday, tendering her resignation some 48 hours after voters had chosen her successor, Frank Baker. While the seat is vacant, the office will remain open until the end of the year, her staff said.  Read more

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Feeney finally says it: O’Toole is her candidate

An end came to Dorchester’s worst-kept political secret on Tuesday morning when City Councillor Maureen Feeney formally announced her pick for the District 3 seat she has held since 1993. Feeney, who declined to run for another term, has been seen often with longtime civic activist John O’Toole at community meetings and marched with him at a recent gay pride parade. On Tuesday, she made her support for O’Toole explicit in a press release.  Read more

Feeney formally backs O'Toole to fill her District 3 seat

The question of when City Councillor Maureen Feeney will endorse District 3 candidate John O'Toole was answered today. In a release sent out Tuesday morning, Feeney, who has held the seat since 1993, called the longtime civic activist the "right choice" to replace her.

Full statements from Feeney and O'Toole are below.  Read more

The question is: When will Feeney endorse O’Toole?

Endorsements can be tricky things. Closely watched by insiders, they are often considered to have little impact on voters. But endorsements bring more hands to the endorsee’s organization from the endorser, along with an influx of money, and a signal that the candidate has serious backing, which can move the needle in a race.  Read more

Feeney bow-out spurs candidates to begin lining up

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 20, 2011

Councillor Maureen FeeneyCouncillor Maureen FeeneyWith Dorchester’s City Councillor Maureen Feeney saying she won’t seek a ninth term in office, a crowded field of potential candidates hoping to take her place is already taking shape.

Local realtor Craig Galvin and John O’Toole, past president of the Cedar Grove Civic Association, say they’re running. Catherine O’Neill, host of the Boston Neighborhood Network’s “The Boston Connection” show, is also expected to jump into the race.

Sean Weir, president of the Cedar Grove Civic Association and facilities manager at St. Brendan’s, said he is considering a run and plans to speak with his family about it. “I’m going to keep all my options open,” he said.

Marybith Tuitt, an aide to State Rep. Gloria Fox, has applied to pull nomination papers in District Three.

More coverage: See who else "pulled papers" on Wednesday— The Lit Drop  Read more

Feeney blasts owner of restaurant proposed for Ka-Carlos location

Ka Carlos: Bar and restaurant on Hancock Street shut down after double murder.Ka Carlos: Bar and restaurant on Hancock Street shut down after double murder.A Boston Licensing Board hearing turned heated this morning when City Councilor Maureen Feeney accused the new owner of the Ka-Carlos building at 33 Hancock St. of lying to residents and city officials about his plans for the building.

Stephen Bingham, who bought the building at auction after Ka-Carlos closed following a triple shooting that left two dead, said he wants to open "a family restaurant."

But Feeney told licensing-board Chairman Michael Connolly that Bingham's license application simply had too many discrepancies.  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

(UPDATED) Several Dorchesterites gather for Capuano

Several Dorchesterites - both prominent locals and electeds - are gathering together under the "Dot for Capuano" banner. Congressman Michael Capuano is one of four Democrats running to for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's vacant seat.  Read more

(UPDATED) Feeney: Candidate’s mailer erroneously lists her endorsement

The mailer City Council At-Large candidate Tomas Gonzalez is sending to Boston voters erroneously lists District 3 Councillor Maureen Feeney’s endorsement.  Read more

That pesky Section 48

City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon has often complained that the City Council is powerless under the “strong mayor” system, to the chagrin of some colleagues on the 13-member council.  Read more