Michael Ross

(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

Walsh’s City Hall plan comes under fire from Ross and Mayor Menino

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 17, 2013

Ross campaigns outside Leon Electric Building: The mayoral candidate pushed for city re-development to focus on neighborhood targets like this prominent Uphams Corner warehouse next to the Fairmount Line. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius Ross campaigns outside Leon Electric Building: The mayoral candidate pushed for city re-development to focus on neighborhood targets like this prominent Uphams Corner warehouse next to the Fairmount Line. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

A day after state Rep. Marty Walsh, a mayoral candidate, proposed moving City Hall as part of a plan to revitalize Government Center, a rival called the idea “stale” and said the next mayor should be focused on areas like Uphams Corner and its Leon Electric Building, a neighborhood eyesore.

Walsh on Sunday unveiled a proposal to sell off City Hall Plaza, putting it back on tax rolls to the tune of $10 to $12 million a year, creating construction jobs, and netting an estimated $125 million to $150 million in onetime revenue. The city would then ask a private developer to construct a new City Hall, which the city would lease until it would eventually revert back to the city at the cost of $1. Walsh said the revenue would be used to fund universal early childhood education, parks, public art and add to the city’s rainy day fund.  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

#BosMayor Round-Up, Late Night Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The mayoral race chugs along. Highlights from Wednesday include:  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Morning Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The Sept. 24 prelim is 20 days away.  Read more

At deadline's eve, little bump in Boston voter registrations

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 3, 2013

Officials at Boston City Hall haven't seen many new voter registrations in the weeks leading up to this month's preliminary municipal elections, but are bracing for a possible blitz of new voters generated by mayoral hopefuls looking for an advantage in a crowded 12-person field.

The deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 24 preliminary is Wednesday.  Read more