Friday, December 28, 2018


2018 Year In Review
Mayor Walsh at the Macy's coat drive with one of his new friends receiving a coat for the winter.
A Message from the Mayor
Dear Friends,

As 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to share some of my top moments from the year. Being Mayor has provided me with some incredible opportunities to impact the lives of every Bostonian. I am incredibly grateful and humbled to serve as your Mayor.

Thank you for your continued support and all the contributions each of you make to our city.

Lorrie and I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and safe 2019!

Beginning my Second Term
This year couldn't have started in a more exciting way. Being sworn in as your Mayor for a second term continues to be such a honor. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the city I love.
Mayor Walsh being sworn in as his Mother, Lorrie and Former Vice President Joe Biden looks on.
Mayor Walsh and other mayors from around the country during the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Pride Parade this summer.
Showcasing Boston: Hosting over 250 mayors from around the country
In June, we hosted the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, bringing over 250 mayors from around the country together, giving us an opportunity to show the country the innovative work we are doing in Boston. One of my favorite moments from the conference was when 150 mayors joined me in marching in our Pride Parade. It was so much fun and we were excited to show our support for the LGBTQ community.
Helping Every Bostonian Find a Home
As of this fall we've housed 596 chronically homeless people in need of a permanent home and we're not stopping until every Bostonian has a place to call their own. This year we launched the Boston's Way Home Fund to raise $10 million to build supportive housing for 200 people experiencing chronic homelessness. Read the story of Brian DeSilva who was just one of the people we were proud to help this year.
Mayor Walsh cutting the ribbon at the new Liberty House for formerly homeless youth.
Mayor Walsh standing with survivors and many activists in October at one of the many protests he attended this year.
Standing up to Hate
This year Bostonians once again showed up to make their voices heard against hate. I was proud to stand with survivors of sexual assault, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, our transgender friends and our immigrant neighbors and many others as we continue to hold this president and his administration accountable for their harmful policies. The fighting spirit of many Bostonians gives me a lot of hope.
Welcoming Willie Gross as our New Police Commissioner
This summer, I was honored to swear inWillie Gross as Boston's 42nd Police Commissioner. Commissioner Gross is the first African American to hold the post. A historic day for Boston.
Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross at his swearing in this summer.
Mayor Walsh with his new "builder in training" friend at a housing groundbreaking earlier this year.
Building for the Future
We can't solve Boston's housing crisis alone. We are working hard to build in, but we must partner with surrounding communities to build more housing everywhere. This fall I was proud to partner with fourteen other Greater Boston cities and towns to announce a new regional housing production goal to create 185,000 new units to meet the demands of a robust regional economy and a growing population in Greater Boston. We also increased Boston's housing goal this year from 53,000 to 69,000 by 2030.
Preparing for Climate Change
At the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum in October, we released "Resilient Boston Harbor," a plan that lays out strategies along Boston's 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the City from climate change.
Mayor Walsh touring the Boston Harbor Islands with environmental leaders.
Mayor Walsh with city leaders and health and human services leaders announcing the lawsuit.
Holding Big Pharma Accountable
In September, we filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against opioid manufacturers, and distributors that have contributed to the opioid epidemic. Their misleading marketing and reckless dissemination of opioids have led to the deaths of more than 730 Boston residents since 2013. As part of the litigation, the City is seeking to recover both past and future damages and injunctive relief associated with addressing the opioid epidemic in Boston. We all have a role to play in ending the opioid epidemic, and pharmaceutical companies must do their part.
Opening the Dearborn STEM Academy
This August, we celebrated the opening of the Dearborn STEM Academy, the first newly-constructed BPS school building in 15 years. This beautiful new building will be able to accommodate 600 BPS students by 2020. This is just the beginning of the major investments we will continue to make in our schools throughout 2019 and beyond.
Mayor Walsh cutting the ribbon at the Dearborn School with Treasurer Deb Goldberg, students, faculty and community leaders in Roxbury.
Red Sox Manager Alex Cora with the 2018 World Series Trophy
Mayor Walsh in Puerto Rico with the Red Sox helping victims of Hurricane Maria. (photo credit toWBUR)
World Champions
The Boston Red Sox made us proud yet again. They couldn’t have achieved this success without the leadership of their new star manager, Alex Cora who is much more than a baseball manager. He is an advocate for immigrant communities — here in Boston, and in his home of Puerto Rico. I was honored to travel with Alex and the entire team to Puerto Rico to help with the Hurricane Maria relief. Winning another championship never gets old. We had a lot of fun celebrating their victory this fall.
Thank you, Boston, for another great year. Wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy 2019!

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