It has been a momentous week in the City of Boston, with former Mayor Marty Walsh getting sworn in as Labor Secretary and my colleague and Council President, Kim Janey, taking on the duties of Mayor! I am so proud and excited for both of them, as Walsh becomes the first union member to lead Labor for several generations, and Janey becomes the first black woman to ever govern our city. It was our City Council, the most diverse in Boston’s history, that elected her to this leadership role, and I’m looking forward to partnering with her Administration over the months ahead.
Another colleague, Councilor Matt O’Malley, will be running the City Council as its President Pro Tempore until the November election; we’re lucky to have his ten years of Council experience and cheerful constancy at the helm for this period.
In the midst of these leadership changes, the work continues. As the Council’s Ways & Means Chair, I’m looking forward to running the annual budget process from April to June. I am focused on ensuring that all our departments are working together to support the vaccination roll-out and continued robust public health measures while reopening our schools and our economy as quickly as possible. I will also be conducting intense oversight to ensure that all the federal funds that the City is receiving from the American Rescue Plan are allocated in a responsible and effective way to support our long-term recovery. More on this to come!
To read more about my ongoing legislative initiatives, you can check out my newly updated website here.
For all those celebrating Passover, I wish you a meaningful week ahead and the opportunity to share this important holiday with friends and family — whether virtually or safely in person. We are closer and closer to getting out of Egypt!
All the best,
P.S. We’ll also be back at the intersection of Jersey St and Queensberry St in Fenway this Sunday (March 28) at 5:30PM to continue to protest the suspension of the #55 bus. Please join us! The MBTA appears to be reversing course, but we have not yet received a commitment to restore this line. THANK YOU to all the folks from Fenway and beyond who have shown up for the last two weeks!