Update from City Councilor Kenzie Bok

March 26, 2021


Dear Friends, 

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!




  • Pre-register for a Covid 19 vaccine
  • Find out if you are eligible for the COVID vaccine
  • Find a vaccine location by zip code
  • Check with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) as some offices have their own system to notify patients if they are eligible, including Mass General Brigham and other hospital systems in our district 
  • For seniors who need help with making an appointment for vaccines:
    • Call Age Strong 617-635-4366
    • Call 211, state helpline for residents 75+ available in English, Spanish, and translations available in 100 other languages
  • Boston Medical Center has now opened partnership sites in Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Dorchester, in addition to its own campus
  • Boston residents who meet current criteria can book appointments here or by calling 617-638-9620.
  • The Fenway Park mass vaccination site has moved to the Hynes Convention Center
    • The Hynes opened on Thursday, March 18th, and the last day of shots at Fenway Park will be Saturday, March 27th. Those who had their first shot at Fenway Park should receive email communication from CIC regarding whether getting their second shot at the Hynes.
  • The Reggie Lewis Center (1350 Tremont St. Roxbury, MA 02120) at Roxbury Community Center is another mass vaccination site close to Mission Hill. 
    • Its appointments are booked through the state website and trusted community partners. 
  • The Boston VA is running special single-day first-come-first-served clinics for veterans of ALL AGES around the city; please let us know if you are a veteran seeking an appointment.
  • Boston Public Schools teachers and staff can use this website to book appointments for the BPS staff vaccine clinics to be held at the Gallivan BCYF Center, or for the four dedicated appointment days for Massachusetts teachers at the state’s mass vaccination sites on March 27th, April 3rd, April 10th, and April 17th.   

University Contacts for Reporting COVID-19 Violations 


  • Eviction Support
  • Boston Housing Authority Voucher Support
    • The BHA needs property owners to apply for city voucher funding so that they can begin to award funding aimed at making income-restricted units more affordable and accessible to extremely low-income Bostonians
    • To request the application, email bids@bostonhousing.org 
  • Northeastern University Development Project at 840 Columbus Avenue
    • 25-story, approximately 468,500 sf mixed-use building containing a five-story podium of academic/office space, and approximately 810 student beds on the remaining 20 stories
    • The comment period for this project is open until April 12, 2021
    • To submit comments click here
    • To learn more about the project click here
  • DCR Metered Parking in Fenway and Charlesgate
    • The Department of Conservation and Recreation released a plan to replace Resident Permit Parking spaces with DCR metered parking. According to DCR’s presentation, there are currently 232 parking spaces in the Fenway designated to be converted to metered parking. See plan here.
    • You can submit comments to the DCR directly to  Jennifer.Norwood@mass.gov

City-Wide Hearings

Community Opportunities

  • AIR Opportunity Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2021 school year 
    • Apply here .
    • Deadline: Saturday April 17th at 5:00pm 
  • Northeastern’s Office of City and Community Engagement (CCE) application for CCE Community Grants is now open 
  • Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Sullivan at h.sullivan@northeastern.edu or 617.373.5838

Support Local Restaurants in Mission Hill

  • Join Mission Hill Main Streets in supporting local Mission Hill restaurants
  • Send 10 receipts to Mission Hill Main Streets, mainstreetsellenwalker@gmail.com or 1542 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120, from now until May to get a free t-shirt and remember to tag them in your social media selfies using the hashtag #MHMS

Fenway Cares Food Distribution

  • Every other Wednesday from 3:30-4:30pm (3/31, 4/14, 4/28) at Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street (pick-ups on Jersey Street) and Symphony Community Park: 39 Edgerly Road
  • In the case of inclement weather, pick-ups under the breezeway next to Caffe Nero
  • For more information contact 617-446-3949 or fenwaycares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org

Community Events

  • New Fenway Community Center Monthly Meeting
    • The Fenway Community Center (FCC) launched a new, virtual, monthly program, “Fenway Scoop.” This meeting is a community forum for neighbors to learn about and discuss what’s going on in Fenway. The third Wednesday of each month, FCC will offer the opportunity for one or two local organizations or groups to highlight ongoing or upcoming events and/or initiatives
    • Join here: FenwayScoop
  • In honor of Passover, the façade of the Vilna Shul, the historic synagogue and Jewish cultural center in Beacon Hill, features “Golem v. Golem” photo installation 
    • Los Angeles artist Julie Weitz’s photo installation is inspired by Weitz’s own confrontation with modern plagues
Call my office: 617-635-4225 | Text my office: 617-209-9206 | Email me: Kenzie.Bok@boston.gov
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