Last week saw a watershed moment in our city’s civic life and political culture, as Kim Janey was sworn-in as Boston’s first woman and first Black Mayor. Janey took office as per the City of Boston charter, which stipulates that the City Council President be appointed Acting Mayor in the event of the current Mayor’s departure.
Janey, the District 7 Councilor since 2017, was elected City Council President by her colleagues in 2020. No stranger to Downtown Boston, prior to Mayor Janey’s service as an elected official she spent 17 years working at Massachusetts Advocates for Children (25 Kingston Street). Her role there included working as an advocate for systemic policy reforms to ensure equity and excellence within the Boston Public Schools. The organization congratulated Janey on her the eve of her appointment as Mayor in the following public statement.
The Newbury Street League congratulates Mayor Janey for this historic achievement. We look forward to working with her as she addresses important issues affecting all of Boston and our fabulous Newbury Street!