Oct. 1, 2010
A Menino administration official on Thursday night pleaded for patience from residents pushing to keep open libraries slated for closure. Justin Holmes, who handles constituent engagement for the mayor, said the administration had spent the summer in conversations with elected leaders over the proposal to close four branch libraries.
Supporters of the city’s libraries met with Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan and other library officials at the Copley Square branch Thursday night. Read more
Mayor Menino and his administration are fooling themselves if they think that neighbors in Lower Mills are prepared to give up in the fight to keep our branch library open. Any discussion about the BPL’s services in Lower Mills needs to be based on a fundamental premise: That the Lower Mills branch will not close as threatened in the next year and that any discussion of how to reform the BPL needs to start from scratch. Read more
Nov. 5, 2009
It was Mayor Thomas Menino's toughest test in sixteen years and he passed with the highest grade: The onetime Hyde Park city councillor bested challenger Michael Flaherty of South Boston by 16,355 votes, thereby rolling to his fifth term and into the city's history books. Read more
In an early endorsement, the stateâ€™s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the endorsement as its first on the municipal level. Scott Gortikov, in a statement, cited Meninoâ€™s â€œlongtime supportâ€ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004. Read more