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Boston City Councilor's updates

Dear neighbors,


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!


As 2023 and my term as Council President draws to a close, I would like to provide a summary of my work this year.


In District 2, my work and advocacy continues in many key areas: pedestrian safety & public safety, quality of life issues, immigrant and civil rights, housing & development, and community preservation. 


In the South Boston Waterfront, I was able to secure $4 million for the programming and design of a new firehouse, which will complement the $11 million we received last year for the design and construction of the new EMS Seaport station. The construction and completion of both over the next several years will be critical to serving the area’s growing population. In South Boston, I secured $2.5 million for the McDevitt Senior Homes, an important affordable housing opportunity for seniors. On transportation, the South Boston Elected officials and I continue to highlight our concerns and strong opposition to the Boston Transportation Department on their Summer Street Pilot due to traffic, congestion, and the potential to negatively impact our local, state, and regional economy. I also advocated for a 7 nights a week Residential Parking Policy Plan in South Boston, which I believe will protect neighbors, residents, and families from the unsustainable parking crisis and quality of life issues that occur every weekend.


In Downtown, I continue to work in collaboration with our public safety officers, residents,  business community and non-profits. I submitted letters of support for the establishment of a Holocaust Museum in Downtown and the soon-to-open WNDR Museum. In Chinatown, with the Mayor’s support, we received a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Transportation Reconnecting Communities project for the initial study and design of a new park between Shawmut Ave and Washington Street above the I-90 highway. Through community preservation funding and my support, Chinatown also secured a total of $4.2 million for Parcel R-1 for the building of affordable housing for homeownership and rental. In the South End, I secured $1.1 million for the maintenance and repair of the Shawmut Ave Bridge. 


At the Council, during this year’s budget process, my colleagues and I advocated against the removal of $30 million to the Boston Police Department and nearly $1 million to Veterans Services. In addition, Councilor Worrell and I co-sponsored, and the Council unanimously passed, an illegal gun trafficking ordinance requiring the Boston Police Department to have an annual report with data on illegal firearms trafficking, which would help law enforcement and policymakers develop strategies on gun violence prevention. Through multiple working sessions with my colleagues, we also passed an anti-bullying policy at the City Council. On pest control, I had the opportunity to speak with Kathleen Corradi, New York City’s first new Rat Czar, to get her insights and operations. While we were not able to hold a hearing in time before the year end to discuss the creation of an Office of Rodent Mitigation in the City of Boston, I will be re-filing this in the new year. The list of what we have worked on is long, and I have included more details below.


As we gather with families and friends for the holidays, I encourage everyone to stay updated with their flu shots and boosters to keep each other safe. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, festive holiday season, and a Happy New Year!


Thank you,

Ed


Below are highlights of our work this year:


Quality of Life & City Services

  • Filed a hearing to discuss setting up an Office of Rodent Mitigation in the City of Boston.
  • Held a hearing to discuss bringing back City of Boston Board Meetings, Abutters Meetings, City Council Meetings, and Related Businesses Back in Person with a hybrid option for public accessibility and persons with disabilities.


Public and Pedestrian Safety & Transportation

  • Advocated successfully against $30 million budget cuts to the  Boston Police Department
  • Sponsored and passed an ordinance requiring the Boston Police Department to have an annual report with data on firearms trafficking, which would help law enforcement and policymakers better understand the impact of illegal gun trafficking, and help us develop strategies on gun violence prevention.
  • Secured $4 million for the programming and design of a new firehouse in Seaport.
  • Secured $1.1 million for the maintenance and repair of the Shawmut Avenue Bridge.


Affordable Housing

  • Supported the securing of $2.5 million for the McDevitt Senior Affordable Homes (formerly Paraclete Center) on E Street, South Boston.
  • Supported the securing of $4.2 million for Parcel R-1 Affordable Housing (rental & ownership) in Chinatown. 
  • Sponsored and passed resolution calling on the Massachusetts Legislature to pass the act
  • providing a local option incentivizing landlords to rent unsubsidized properties at below rent market.
  • Voted to increase the affordable housing requirements for the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) from 13% to 17%, and advocated for family sized affordable units.


Parks, Open Spaces & Environment

  • Supported $2.4 million for a feasibility study and initial design for a new Chinatown park built on a deck over the I-90 highway and MBTA tracks between Shawmut Avenue and Washington Street as part of the federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program.
  • Supported $50 million in funding for Moakley Park for the Implementation of master plan, including the redesign of the park with climate resilience features to mitigate flood risk.


Historic Preservation

  • Secured $750,000 for the Tremont Temple in Downtown Boston
  • Secured $395,500 for the Congress Street Fire Station and Boston Fire Museum in South Boston
  • Secured $500,000 for The Union Church in Boston’s South End


Arts & Culture

  • Supported the development of the Holocaust Museum
  • Provided a letter of support of the opening of WNDR Museum in Downtown
  • Supported PLAN Downtown and creation of a Chinatown Cultural Plan


Human Rights Commission & Civil Rights

  • Wrote a letter in support of organizers for the Boston Pride for the People Parade.
  • Sponsored and passed a resolution recognizing June as Pride Month.
  • Consistently reported neo-Nazi & extremist behavior targeting our Jewish, LGBTQ+ neighbors, immigrants, and communities of color to the Human Rights Commission; condemned these hateful behaviors.
  • Stood by and supported LGBTQ+ community and the important work of our health care workers and medical professionals at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital during targeted harassment of communities of color from far right and anti-LGBTQ groups. 


Labor

  • Sponsored and passed resolution in support of our Seaport Hotel Banquet Workers as they vote in their union election
  • Sponsored and passed a resolution in support of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) workers as they seek to unionize
  • Sponsored and passed resolution honoring the Health Care & Home Care Worker Members Of 1199SEIU 
  • Sponsored and passed resolution in support of Boston Firefighters Local 718 and urging the Massachusetts Civil Service Human Resources Division to work in good faith on the issue of civil service promotional exams


Immigrant Advancement

  • Sponsored and passed resolution celebrating Lunar New Year and the contributions Of our AAPI community
  • Sponsored and passed resolution in support of designating Lunar New Year as an official holiday in the City of Boston
  • Sponsored and passed resolution recognizing Jewish American Heritage Month


Veterans

  • Advocated successfully against decreasing the budget for Office of Veterans Services
  • Filed a home rule petition to ensure that City employees who are military reservists and members of the National Guard on active duty receive fair pay, and that the City’s military leave policy is consistent with state statute
  • Filed hearing order to discuss the impact of a government shutdown on boston’s veterans, military members, and military families 
  • Filed and passed a resolution designating a hero square at the intersection of Beach Street and Hudson Street in Chinatown in recognition of Wing O. Hom
  • Sponsored and filed resolution resolution commemorating Veterans Day and honoring all those who served our country 


City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings:




Abutters Meetings:


548 E Third Street Abutter's Meeting

Thursday, January 4, 2024, 6 pm

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363 E Street Abutter's Meeting

Monday, January 8, 2024, 5:30 pm

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KCL Boston, LLC, d/b/a F1 Club Abutter's Meeting

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 6:30 pm

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141-143 P Street Abutter's Meeting 02

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 7 pm

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Christmas Week Trash and Recycling pick up

Please note most Boston neighborhoods will have a delayed trash and recycling pick-up schedule starting Tuesday, December 26 to Saturday, December 30, with the exception of South Boston, which will be on regular schedule.

Fuel Assistance Benefits 

Through the advocacy of ABCD and other Community Action Agencies, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding is now available. This will help struggling individuals, families and seniors through winter. If you require any fuel assistance, ABCD is accepting new applications and encourages everyone to explore the potential for assistance. To check if you are eligible, please refer to their eligibility and benefit guidelines here. This program is open from now until April 30, 2024.

To apply, call 617-357-6012 or visit your local ABCD in person: https://bostonabcd.org/locations/

Apprenticeship Opportunities at Local 3 Bricklayers Union

The annual application for apprenticeship in the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Local 3 Apprenticeship & Training Program is now available to those who are interested. Applicants must apply in person at the Training Facility at BAC Local 3, 64 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125 at the following dates:

  • Daytime: January 8 to 12 from 11am to 12:30pm
  • Evenings: January 8 to 11 from 5pm to 6:30pm


For more information about eligibility and requirements, please visit this link.

Getting the Annual Flu Vaccine

As we enter into the colder months, the Boston Public Health Commission is hosting free, walk-in flu vaccination clinics for people of all ages at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building clinic in Nubian Square and City Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments or proof of insurance are needed. You can also visit your local pharmacy, community health center, or contact your primary health care provider to set up an appointment. For more, visit here


Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury 

Open Thursdays - Saturdays from 12 pm - 6 pm  


City Hall, Haymarket Room (2nd Floor) 1 City Hall Square, Boston 

Open Mondays from 7 am - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 12 pm - 5 pm

Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

The CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. You can find a vaccine location near you at: vaccines.gov, or you can visit a doctors’ office, pharmacy, or health clinic in your community. For more on CDC guidance, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Curbside Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Getting the flu vaccine in September or October helps ensure strong protection from the virus before peak flu activity begins. As it gets colder, the risk for infection and severe illness increases.

In the Community

Thank you to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park for bringing us together for the Trellis Lighting. It was wonderful to join colleagues in government and residents of the North End, Waterfront, Wharf District and Downtown to celebrate the holidays.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers and staff at St. Anthony Shrine for sponsoring this week's holiday lunch with veterans from the New England Center and Home for Veterans. Let’s always work together to support our veterans & military families!

Thank you to Age Strong for sponsoring a fantastic Holiday Connections event at City Hall and to our city departments that attended and provided residents with information on services.

I visited the South Boston Girl Scouts on East Broadway during one of their cookie sales recently. This program teaches Girl Scouts about entrepreneurship as they have fun learning essential skills such as money management, leadership development, public speaking and decision-making.

It was great to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción's renovated and expanded Early Education Program. We thank their dedicated staff for their commitment to Boston families and their vision to ensure families receive high-quality and equitable early education.

I had a wonderful visit at Fenway High School in Mission Hill earlier this month. I enjoyed touring the school, meeting with the students, teachers, custodians and administrators and learning about their Fusion House program. This is an outstanding school community!

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Dear neighbors,


I hope you and your families are enjoying the season as we prepare for Thanksgiving. Earlier this month, I was re-elected to the Boston City Council to serve as your District 2 City Councilor for a fourth term. I would like to sincerely thank you for your continued trust and confidence in me; I am deeply humbled by your support and I will continue to listen and advocate for you on constituent service matters and quality of life issues.


Last weekend, I joined Mayor Wu, Veterans Commissioner Robert Santiago for the Veterans Day Parade and various veterans events around the City. Our veterans are an integral part of our community; we recognize them for their service and sacrifice each and every day. Recently, I was also honored to be sworn in as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services. Together with members on the Advisory Council and the Committee on Women Veterans, we will advise and provide recommendations to the Governor on issues impacting veterans across the Commonwealth.


At the City Council this month, I was proud to work with my colleagues to unanimously adopt several key items, including a gun trafficking ordinance to study the flow of illegal firearms, an anti-bullying policy, and a resolution in support of the Seaport Hotel Banquet Workers. The adoption of the gun trafficking ordinance is a critical step to track annual data relating to the flow of firearms and inform our future policy making, and the passage of the anti-bullying policy provides a strong foundation to address and prevent future workplace bullying and harassment and build towards an inclusive and respectful working environment. We also stand by our hotel workers to ensure that they are provided the opportunity for a vote to unionize when they choose to do so.


As we gather for the holiday season, I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family. For those who are able and interested, there are many wonderful opportunities to help the less fortunate and those in need throughout District 2. With temperatures dropping, I encourage everyone to stay up to date with the flu shot and the latest COVID-19 boosters ahead of the winter holidays. 


Happy Thanksgiving,

Ed

City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings:



Squares + Streets Zoning Community Office Hours

  • Tuesday, November 21, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM & 6:00 PM to 7:30PM
  • Wednesday, November 29, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM & 6:00 PM to 7:30PM


11-21 Bromfield Street Public Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


244-284 A Street (Channelside) Open Space Workshop

  • Tuesday, November 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Public Meeting on Zoning Code Amendment to 80B-5.2: Affordable Housing Waiver

  • Thursday, November 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


CORE on the DOT Phase 1 Public Meeting

  • Monday, December 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Squares + Streets Citywide Draft Zoning Amendment Public Meeting

  • Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Long Wharf Flood Resilience Planning & Feasibility Public Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Abutters Meetings:


64 Telegraph Street Abutter's Meeting

Tuesday, November 21, 6:00 PM

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82172990567

Meeting ID: 821 7299 0567


158 Athens Street Abutter's Meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 PM

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89671262627

Meeting ID: 896 7126 2627


847 E Fifth Street Abutter's Meeting No. 2

Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87171135908

Meeting ID: 871 7113 5908


31 Marine Road Abutter's Meeting

Thursday, December 7, 7:00 PM

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89015845747

Meeting ID: 890 1584 5747


185 E Street Abutter's Meeting

Wednesday, December 13, 6:00 PM 

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86440932614

Meeting ID: 864 4093 2614


84 A Street Abutter's Meeting

Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 PM 

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87519757014

Meeting ID: 875 1975 7014


429 W. Broadway Abutter's Meeting

Thursday, December 14, 6:00 PM 

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89069212816

Meeting ID: 890 6921 2816


335 K Street Abutter's Meeting

Thursday, December 14, 7:00 PM 

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89938082290

Meeting ID: 899 3808 2290

Holiday Lightings


  • Lighting Of The Trellis At Christopher Columbus Park
  • Monday, November 20, 5–6 p.m | 110 Atlantic Avenue, Boston


  • The Nova Scotia Tree For Boston Arrives
  • Tuesday, November 21, 11 a.m. | Boston Common


  • Lighting Of The Ship At Martin’s Park
  • Saturday, November 25, 4–6 p.m. | 64 Sleeper Street, South Boston


  • Boston Common Tree Lighting
  • Thursday, November 30, 6–8 p.m. | Boston Common



More information on the lighting can be found here.

Boston Youth Poet Laureate

The city is looking for its next Youth Poet laureate to act as an advocate for poetry, language, and the arts. Boston residents between the ages of 13-19 who are committed to the local literary community and are comfortable serving in a public facing role are encouraged to apply. The Youth Poet Laureate serves a maximum of two, two-year terms, and will receive a $1,500 honorarium each year, for a total of $3,000. Application due Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 11:59pmMore information here.

2023 Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Events

South Boston Neighborhood House, 136 H St., South Boston

Wednesday, December 6, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


The 2023 Annual Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 through December 7, where residents can join or renew their enrollment in Medicare. The Age Strong Commission will be hosting eight workshops citywide  to assist with open enrollment. To schedule an appointment to make a counseling appointment for another time, please call us at 617-635-4366.

Getting the Annual Flu Vaccine

As we enter into the colder months, the Boston Public Health Commission is hosting free, walk-in flu vaccination clinics for people of all ages at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building clinic in Nubian Square and City Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments or proof of insurance are needed. You can also visit your local pharmacy, community health center, or contact your primary health care provider to set up an appointment. For more, visit here


Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury 

Open Thursdays - Saturdays from 12 pm - 6 pm  


City Hall, Haymarket Room (2nd Floor) 1 City Hall Square, Boston 

Open Mondays from 7 am - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 12 pm - 5 pm

Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

The CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. You can find a vaccine location near you at: vaccines.gov, or you can visit a doctors’ office, pharmacy, or health clinic in your community. For more on CDC guidance, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Curbside Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Getting the flu vaccine in September or October helps ensure strong protection from the virus before peak flu activity begins. As it gets colder, the risk for infection and severe illness increases.

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Passage of the ordinance requiring the Boston Police Department to have an annual report on the trafficking of illegal firearms



The City Council voted to pass this ordinance, sponsored by myself and Councilor Brian Worrell, at its November 15th meeting, which will require the Boston Police Department to have a study and annual report with data on the flow of illegal firearms into our city. Gun trafficking and illegal flow of firearms is a major contributor to gun violence, with the Boston Police recovering more than 900 firearms in 2022. Having a comprehensive study and review of the flow of firearms into the City of Boston would help law enforcement and policymakers better understand the impact of illegal gun trafficking, and help us develop strategies on gun violence prevention. This passage follows the unanimous adoption of a City Council Resolution declaring gun violence as a public health emergency last October.

Passage of an anti-bullying policy in the Boston City Council



The City Council voted unanimously at the November 15th meeting to adopt an Anti-Bullying Policy for the City Council, which was sponsored by myself in May. The vote came after three working sessions chaired, and numerous input from City Councilors. This policy is part of his emphasis on creating a safe and healthy work environment, and is an important step in preventing workplace bullying. This policy includes potential examples of what workplace bullying may look like, and serves as a value statement from the City Council that workplace bullying is not tolerated. After passage, Councilors, staff, interns, and volunteers will sign this to acknowledge that they have read this, and the receipt will be kept in their personnel file. New Staff information sessions hosted by Central Staff will also include information on this policy.

Resolution In Support Of The Seaport Hotel Banquet Workers



I have sponsored a resolution to support our hardworking Seaport Hotel banquet workers at last week’s City Council meeting also. In July 2023 the Seaport Hotel banquets workers petitioned to join UNITE HERE Local 26, the hospitality employees union, yet, since then, the Seaport Hotel has delayed the union vote through legal maneuvers. We need to support our hotel workers, and ensure that they can unionize when they choose to, and this resolution expresses support for the Banquets and Convention Services workers  at the Seaport Hotel, as well as call on the hotel owner Fidelity to let the banquets workers vote in a free and fair union election.

Resolution commemorating Veterans Day and honoring all those who served our country



This is a resolution sponsored by myself and Councilor Erin Murphy. This is to honor and thank those who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, and recognize our veterans for their bravery and service for our country. We must recommit ourselves in supporting our veterans and military families. It is not enough to just recognize our veterans on Veterans Day or on holidays, we need to do all we can to ensure that they get the full services and resources that they earned, at the city, state, and federal levels.

In the Community

It was an honor to join Korean War Veteran and American Legion Past National Commander John “Jake” Comer and the American Legion Boston Chinatown Post 328 for the Veterans Day Parade. We recognized the contributions and sacrifices of veterans and military families.

At the end of October, we had an excellent turnout of South Boston neighbors to “Save Sr. Mary Veronica Park”. South Boston neighbors and elected officials, including Mayor Michelle Wu, are working together toward our shared goal to preserve this beautiful park for future generations.

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to attend the informative National League of Cities City Summit conference in Atlanta with City Council Chairs and Presidents from other cities. We discussed the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, strategies to address public safety challenges, housing, digital equity and civility in the public arena.

I enjoyed meeting with our residents with disabilities for Boston Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities's Civic Engagement Day 2023. This event was a great opportunity to learn about all the ways they can get involved with the

Dear friends and neighbors,

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my neighbors, friends, and constituents for allowing me the privilege to serve as your District 2 Boston City Councilor. I sincerely appreciate the courtesy you have extended to my family, my staff, and I at civic meetings and events across our city. It is an honor to serve as your District 2 City Councilor, and I have worked hard every day for our residents and community. 

I am respectfully asking for your vote next Tuesday, November 7th to continue my focus on constituent services and quality of life issues in District 2. 

Throughout my time in office, I have used my position of public trust to speak out on many important issues through City Council Hearings, community meetings, press releases, letters, social media platforms, as well as with our civic groups. As an elected official, my focus has always remained on public safety, housing stability and affordability, social and economic justice, and quality of life issues for our residents and families.

In terms of public safety, I have been a strong advocate of pedestrian and traffic safety on all of our roads. I advocated for a 12-point safety plan and held hearings to advocate for traffic calming infrastructure improvements, slower speeds and increased enforcement. I called for and held hearings on many other public safety issues, including construction safety and gas leaks in the City of Boston. 

In addition, I have consistently called for hiring hundreds of Boston Police Department officers every year for the next ten years to address long standing issues of forced overtime, overstretched resources, and looming retirements.

When it comes to housing, I held hearings during my time in office on affordable housing and the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) to help keep working families in Boston. I have held hearings on increased property taxes and advocated for relief for longtime neighbors. I also passed an ordinance previously to help our seniors who have fallen behind on their property taxes to pay with reduced interest and on more affordable terms. I continue to advocate for neighbors and civic groups when it comes to zoning and licensing matters at City Hall.

Moreover, I have always stood with our working families seeking fair and living wages, affordable healthcare, safe working conditions and a secure retirement. Whether it was United Steelworkers during the National Grid lockout, Unite Here Local 26 at Marriott Hotels, UFCW 1445 at Stop & Shop or Macy's, my family and I have always been proud to stand with organized labor. I also joined workers and advocates fighting against wage theft, and passed resolutions in the City Council in support of laid-off workers at our various hotels.

With accessibility and inclusion in mind, I continue to advocate for improved language access at all levels of our city government. My social media posts are translated into Spanish and Chinese, and I have five women of color on my staff who are bilingual. Moreover, I have been working on the issue of digital equity and ensuring that our residents have access to affordable internet and digital resources. I also work closely with the Disability Commission on accessibility for our persons with disabilities.

I continue to advocate at City Hall when it comes to many neighborhood and quality of life issues. This includes additional pest control resources for our dedicated city employees so that this public health and quality of life issue gets the attention it deserves. 

Government serves us best when it takes the legitimate concerns of its citizens and civic organizations seriously. I have not only listened to your concerns, but have taken the lead on issues affecting our most basic government services. I promise to continue to advocate on behalf of the people of District 2, listen to your feedback, be accessible in our community, and work hard to deliver results for all of our neighbors. 


Sincerely,
Ed Flynn
Boston City Councilor, District 2

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at info@edforboston.com

Dear neighbors,


I would like to start this newsletter by remembering Uncle Frank Chin, a well-respected and long-time community leader in Chinatown who passed away recently. A tireless advocate, Uncle Frank brought about enormous positive changes for the Chinatown and Asian community steadily for more than five decades. We are grateful for his vision, humility and leadership. From lobbying for funds for English as a Second Language for new immigrants, affordable housing, cleaner and safer streets, social services and youth services, he left an indelible impact in the neighborhood. We will miss him dearly. 


At the City Council earlier this month, I was proud to vote in favor of passing $3 million in grant funding for the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC). BRIC, overseen by the Boston Police Department, provides invaluable intelligence gathering and data to keep our city safe and to prevent crime. It is critical that we continue to support the work of our Police Department so that they have the tools to provide exceptional public safety support to Boston and by extension Greater Boston’s residents and visitors. Separately, I also held a hearing with regard to the City of Boston Code relating to the study and report on the trafficking of illegal firearms. 


Beyond the Council, I have been working with the Boston Housing Authority and residents at Ruth Barkley Apartments in the South End on the issue of elevator maintenance and protocols during break downs. I also held two Veterans Town Hall in the last month to discuss services and programs for veterans. More recently, I was invited to speak at a Downtown Transportation Panel to discuss pedestrian safety and transportation issues. I spoke about the importance of pedestrian safety, reducing speed limits, and the need for traffic calming infrastructure in the City.


During the Fall season, and as we head into Winter, it is particularly important for our seniors, children, and vulnerable groups to keep up to date with the latest flu shots and Covid vaccines. I have included more information on flu clinics and Covid vaccines below. I have also included a few grants that are available through the City’s SPACE Grant Funds and Digital Equity Funds below. Please share these funding opportunities with your families, friends, neighbors, businesses, civic and other organizations that may benefit.


Thank you,

Ed

City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings





Red Line Ashmont/Mattapan Line Service Disruptions

October 14 to October 29


The Red Line’s Ashmont Branch and Mattapan Line will be temporarily suspended from October 14th to 29th for track upgrade work. There will be shuttle service connecting JFK/UMass to Ashmont and Mattapan during this period. You can also ride for free on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line during this time. For other options, please visit: http://MBTA.com/RLWork

3rd Annual Fall-o-Ween Children’s Festival

Boston Common Parade Ground, Beacon & Charles Street

Friday, October 20, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm


There will be free, family-friendly Halloween activities and families at the 3rd annual Fall-o-Ween Children’s Festival. Families are encouraged to wear costumes. For more, visit: boston.gov/falloween

Electronic Waste Drop-off

Brighton Marine, 77 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135

Saturday, October 21, from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Boston residents will be able to drop off electronic waste at this pop-up event. Paper shredding will also be offered at this drop-off. To view a list of what they will accept, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/electronic-waste-drop

S.P.A.C.E. Grants is now open

Please note S.P.A.C.E. Grant program is now open for applications. The grant provides up to $200,000 in funding for u​​p to 20 individual small businesses to open and fill vacant storefronts in Downtown and other neighborhoods. Through these grants, the program intends to bring people back to commercial districts and revitalize Boston's economy.

Apply by Friday, November 10, 5 pm. For more, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/economic-opportunity-and-inclusion/space-grants

2023 Digital Equity Fund is now open

The 2023 Digital Equity Fund (DEF) is now open for applications with an expanded funding of $1.5 million. The DEF funds three focus areas: Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) enrollment, improving telehealth programming, and device refurbishment programming. Apply by Monday, November 6. For more, please visit: http://bit.ly/digitalequity23.

2023 Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Events

South Boston Neighborhood House, 136 H St., South Boston

Wednesday, December 6, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm


The 2023 Annual Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 through December 7, where residents can join or renew their enrollment in Medicare. The Age Strong Commission will be hosting eight workshops citywide  to assist with open enrollment. To schedule an appointment to make a counseling appointment for another time, please call us at 617-635-4366.

Getting the Annual Flu Vaccine

As we enter into the colder months, the Boston Public Health Commission is hosting free, walk-in flu vaccination clinics for people of all ages at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building clinic in Nubian Square and City Hall. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments or proof of insurance are needed. You can also visit your local pharmacy, community health center, or contact your primary health care provider to set up an appointment. For more, visit here


Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury 

Open Thursdays - Saturdays from 12 pm - 6 pm  


City Hall, Haymarket Room (2nd Floor) 1 City Hall Square, Boston 

Open Mondays from 7 am - 1 pm and Wednesdays from 12 pm - 5 pm

Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

The CDC recommends the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax, to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. You can find a vaccine location near you at: vaccines.gov, or you can visit a doctors’ office, pharmacy, or health clinic in your community. For more on CDC guidance, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Curbside Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Getting the flu vaccine in September or October helps ensure strong protection from the virus before peak flu activity begins. As it gets colder, the risk for infection and severe illness increases.

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Ordinance amending the City of Boston code relating to the study and report on the trafficking of illegal firearms

I held a hearing with co-sponsor Councilor Brian Worrell to discuss amending the City of Boston Code relating to the Study and Report on trafficking of illegal firearms. This hearing follows the unanimous adoption of a City Council Resolution declaring gun violence as a public health emergency last October. At the hearing, Boston Police shared data regarding trafficking and the illegal flow of firearms, recovering more than 900 firearms in 2022. Since 2015, there have been over 1,700 shootings recorded in the City of Boston, with more than 170 shootings in 2022. According to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, only 10 percent of the firearms recovered at crime scenes that were traced were purchased in Massachusetts, while the rest were brought into Massachusetts from 18 other states.

Resolution designating a Hero Square at the intersection of Beach Street and Hudson Street in Chinatown in recognition of Wing O. Hom

At the City Council this week, I will file a resolution to honor the heroic service and tremendous sacrifice endured by the U.S. Army Private Wing O. Hom. Private Hom was born in 1924 and raised in Boston and served in the Army during World War II. He went missing in February 1944 when his unit was engaged in defensive fighting against German Forces near the town of Cisterna di Latina, Italy. When his body was not recovered and he was not reported as a prisoner of war, he was declared dead. In 1946, a set of remains were found three miles west of Cisterna, and unable to positively identify the remains, they were interred at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery. A U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency historian believed that the set of remains could be Private Hom’s, and in April this year, the remains at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery were formally identified to be Private Hom's. After 79 years of war, death and unmarked burial on foreign soil, the remains of Private Wing O. Hom were laid to rest in Brooklyn earlier this week. Private Wing O. Hom was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. We will remember and honor Private Hom’s bravery and supreme sacrifice by designating a Hero Square at the intersection of Beach Street and Hudson Street, in Chinatown.

In the Community

Earlier this month, Kristen and I enjoyed seeing so many South Boston neighbors and small businesses out for South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation's Street Festival. After many rain delays, it was wonderful that this great community event was able to take place. Shop local and support small businesses today!

I am proud to join my Boston City Council colleagues in hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month awards ceremony last week. We celebrated the diverse Hispanic community of Boston and their enormous contributions with music, performances, and food. Thank you for all you do for our city and nation!

I was honored to visit Museum of Science, Boston for their announcement of an exceptional partnership with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. The museum will now provide free admission to girls and their Big Sister and provide a welcoming space for mentoring and the study of STEM, science, and learning.

I had the honor of welcoming and hosting a brunch reception for the Irish Delegation from Counties Cork and Kerry to Boston City Hall on their visit to Boston in September to celebrate 300 years of Irish contributions to Massachusetts. During the reception, we also recognized a distinguished Irish-American guest, Kelly Sullivan, whose great-grandparents hailed from Cork County and whose family sponsored the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS The Sullivans.

Thank you Downtown Boston Neighborhood Association for sponsoring the recent “Downtown Traffic, Pedestrian Safety and Transportation Forum”. I had the opportunity to participate as a panelist and discuss my years of advocacy on traffic calming infrastructure and pedestrian safety, as well as listening to constituents’ concerns on enforcement and other infrastructure feedback.

Kristen and I enjoyed attending the Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health Gala last week. This is such an enjoyable event where we come together and support Codman Square Health Center and their women’s health initiatives. Neighborhood health centers make Boston a healthier city!

I partnered with Councilor Erin Murphy and Boston Police VFW Post 1018 in hosting a Veterans Town Hall in Dorchester where we discussed issues impacting veterans and military families. It’s critical we work together to support veterans services. These are benefits veterans earned!

It was great to join colleagues in government and candidates for the Boston Parks Advocates Meet and Greet at Blackstone Square. Our parks and green spaces help to make Boston the beautiful city it is!

Last week, I was honored to attend Korea Day at the Massachusetts State House. We celebrated the enormous contributions made by the Korean community to our city and nation. We also discussed anti-Asian racism and hate crimes. It’s critical we work together, celebrate our diversity and stand with the AAPI community.

As part of National Coffee With A Cop Day, I was proud to join the men and women at Boston Police Department and South End residents for informal conversations about community policing and public safety challenges. Boston works best when we work together!

Dear neighbors,


On this solemn day, and every day, we honor the memory of those who lost their lives 22 years ago on September 11, 2001. We will never forget the bravery and professionalism of our first responders, who answered the call and put the lives of others before their own. We will always remember.



Over the summer at the City Council, we were pleased to welcome the new District 8 Councilor Sharon Durkan to the City Council. Councilor Durkan represents Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill and the West End, and I look forward to working together with her on many issues.


On legislative matters, I sponsored a Home Rule Petition with regard to ensuring the City’s military leave policy is consistent with State statute so that our active duty personnel receive fair pay. I also co-sponsored a resolution to celebrate and recognize Disability Pride Month. Outside of the Council, I participated in the Blue Star Families Symposium in Washington D.C. to mark the 75th anniversary of the integration of the U.S. Armed Forces in late July, attended a variety of summer gatherings in the community, and hosted BCYF summer teens at the Council. 


More recently, I held public safety meetings and walkthroughs with neighborhood leaders and law enforcement officers from the South End, South Boston and Newmarket who are affected by the situation in Mass & Cass. Last week, I also met with Downtown leaders and Boston Police to discuss the troubling and violent incidents we saw from our young people in South Bay and Downtown two weekends ago. 


It is important that we work together as a community to navigate through these difficult challenges affecting our city. As a new school year begins, we should also encourage our children and our young people to be involved in sports, music, arts and other fun and stimulating programs to nurture a sense of belonging, respect and community. It is up to us as adults to provide them the needed guidance and positive leadership. 


Thank you,

Ed

City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings





Sumner Tunnel Update


Sumner Tunnel has reopened. There will be periodic weekend closures from Fall 2023 to Summer 2024. During this time, the tunnel will close on Fridays at 11:00 p.m. and re-open to traffic on Mondays at 5:00 a.m. Traffic will be diverted through signed detour routes. For more on which weekends the tunnel will be closed, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/sumner-tunnel-restoration-project-details-and-closure-schedule

Household Hazardous Waste Day

The next and last Household Hazardous Waste Day of the year is on Saturday, September 23, at Boston Public Works District 1 Yard, 400 Frontage Road, MA 02118, from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste, shred unwanted documents, dispose of textiles and clothing and recycle electronics for free. Upon arrival, residents must show proof of residency. Find the full list of accepted items at: http://boston.gov/hazardous-waste.

Clothing and Textile Recycling

In compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s policy, beginning November 1, the City of Boston will not accept clothing and textiles in curbside trash. To help residents comply with this state policy, the City of Boston is offering drop boxes conveniently located throughout the City for residents to dispose of their unwanted clothing and textiles. Find a drop-off location or schedule a pickup at: http://boston.gov/textiles

Curbside Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Project Oscar Compost Program

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24 hour community compost program. The Project has 15 bins across the city which can be used to compost personal food scraps by anyone who lives in Boston. Most bins are unlocked and open to residents for use at any time. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/project-oscar

S.P.A.C.E. Grants

The S.P.A.C.E. Grant program seeks to help small business owners by providing grants of up to $200,000 to subsidize the costs associated with operating expenses. Although applications are currently closed, they will reopen on Monday, October 2nd. Through these grants, the program intends to bring people back to commercial districts and revitalize the Boston economy to its pre-pandemic strength. For more information, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/economic-opportunity-and-inclusion/space-grants.

Boston Community Choice Electricity

BCCE is the largest municipal aggregation program in Massachusetts. It allows the city to secure electricity at a competitive rate and aims to provide affordable and renewable energy to the program’s customers. Through offering Boston residents a reliable, not-for-profit electricity option, BCCE strengthens consumer protection, reduces carbon emissions, and prioritizes local energy sources. To opt-in to the program, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/environment/community-choice-electricity 

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

Activities in the City

As Summer winds down, there are a few remaining public activities in our neighborhood parks:

South End

  • Arts Workshop: Watercolor painting workshop
  •  September 24, 10:00 am, Ringgold Park

Downtown

  • Arts Workshop: Watercolor painting workshop 
  • September 16, 10:00 am, Boston Public Garden


Learn more about any of these events here: https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2023/04/_23%20Summer%20Guide.pdf.

Upcoming Council Hearings

Hearing to Bring all City of Boston Meetings Back In-Person with Hybrid Accessibility

Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 2 p.m.


This hearing will discuss bringing all City of Boston Meetings and related business back in person, with a hybrid option for accessibility and persons with disabilities. The meetings include Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), Licensing Board, Cannabis Board, Boston Planning and Development Agency Board (BPDA), and City Council Hearings. 


This hearing order comes in response to reports of high office vacancies and a slower economic recovery of the Financial District and Downtown Crossing. Foot traffic in the two zip codes that make up the Financial District is still at 47.8% of pre-pandemic 2019 levels, and office vacancies overall are at 20.4%. Conversations with commercial real estate executives, restaurants, coffee shops, and other small businesses owners in Downtown have highlighted serious concerns about the future of the neighborhood.


Resuming City-related Meetings in person, with a hybrid option for public accessibility and persons with disabilities, would allow for all members of various city boards, attorneys representing clients, proponents of a particular project, interested members of the public, and City Hall staff to return on site and provide the potential to support our local economy by visiting restaurants and other businesses.

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Petition for a Special Law re: an act regarding military leave policy in the City of Boston pursuant to Chapter 33, Section 59 of the General Laws

I filed this petition to ensure the City’s military leave policy is consistent with State statute. Currently, the City's revised military leave policy provides 40 days of paid leave only to those who are participating in military drills and parades, and not to members who are activated or deployed. This petition will make sure our active duty personnel receive fair pay.

Resolution recognizing July as Disability Pride Month in the City of Boston

I co-sponsored this resolution with Councilor Mejia to establish July as Disability Pride Month in Boston. There is an overall lack of public awareness concerning the challenges disabled people face in their day-to-day lives. Through the passage of this resolution, we hope to bring greater public attention to these issues, promote inclusivity in our community and foster a culture of understanding and respect.

In the Community

It was wonderful to welcome back our BPS students, teachers, staff, crossing officers, bus monitors and cafeteria support on their first day of school. It was great to see so many smiling faces at Josiah Quincy Upper School, Blackstone Elementary & Oliver Perry School.

Over the Summer, I was honored to attend the Boston Police Department's ceremonial pledge to the 30 x 30 initiative. Thank you Mayor Michelle Wu and Commissioner Cox for your leadership in striving to increase the number of women in BPD. A special thank you to the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement for your exceptional support of women working in law enforcement!

I was proud to join South Boston neighbors and fellow members at the Fitzwilliam Post 561 recently in wishing a Happy Birthday to Yolanda Cerullo. Thank you for your service to our nation as a part of the US Coast Guard during World War II! We are proud to call you our neighbor.

Recently, I joined my colleagues in government, Boston Police C-6, Andrew Square residents and business leaders for a meeting about significant public safety concerns and quality of life issues in this neighborhood. It is critical we work together to address these challenges.

Thank you to Downtown BID, Downtown Boston Residents Association, Chief Segun Idowu, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Boston Police A-1 team, and our community partners for a productive meeting last week to discuss public safety challenges in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

This week, I was honored to join colleagues in government for the annual Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast. It’s critical we stand in solidarity with workers and their families as they seek social, economic and racial justice.

It was great to join my parents, Josh Kraft from the New England Patriots, Coach Al McClain, BPD Superintendent Nora Baston and many Boston residents for the Medina Dixon Basketball Tournament in Mattapan this summer. It was great to watch outstanding women basketball teams throughout New England!

I was honored to join Boston Veterans’ Services Commissioner Robert Santiago at the recent “Freedom to Serve: Integrating the Armed Services and Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement” symposium in Washington D.C.. Panelists at the conference discussed the desegregation of the military. Thank you to Blue Star Families and Howard University for bringing us together to learn about this historic milestone and celebrate our diversity.

Thank you to Chinatown Crime Watch for inviting me to your Labor Day cookout. This  organization works closely with Boston Police, Chinatown residents, business owners and community partners in support of community policing initiatives and addressing neighborhood concerns.


Dear Chutze,


US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, co-founder of the House Congressional Labor & Working Families Caucus, endorsed Boston City Councilor-At-Large Erin Murphy re-election campaign citing Murphy’s record of providing constituent services across all of Boston’s neighborhoods and her commitment to substance abuse prevention and recovery.


A former ironworker who grew up in Boston public housing and has climbed the leadership ladder in Congress, Lynch said Murphy has distinguished herself in her first term with an uncommon work ethic and focus on improving city services.


“National politics have been taken hostage by extremists, and we need level-headed public servants like Erin to prevent the same thing happening in our cities,” said Lynch, who has represented Boston and the Massachusetts 8th Congressional District since 2001, serving as a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. 


“She brings a sense of compassion that’s rare among elected officials, and she puts it into action across the city,” added Lynch. “She is a consistent, fierce advocate for her constituents, and someone we can count on to mind the store back home while we’re staving off some of the lunacy in Washington.”



Murphy said Lynch’s career had served as a model for how she has served since her 2021 election. 


“Congressman Lynch has never forgotten where he came from, and those are the interests he serves in Congress – the people he grew up with and worked with, not the special interests and the loudest voices in Washington,” Murphy said. “I’m honored that he has endorsed my candidacy for re-election, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him on the issues that matter most to Bostonians.”



Lynch said he has known Murphy for over a decade and recalled presenting her with the James F. Gavin Award in 2015 for her tireless work in the field of substance abuse prevention and recovery. 


“Erin grew up here, she taught for more than 20 years in the Boston Public Schools, and she raised her three kids here as a single mother,” Lynch said. “She knows the struggle that working-class people face in Boston, what it’s like to navigate the school system, how important it is to keep our neighborhoods safe. She’s a crucial, reliable voice at City Hall, and we need to send her back for another term.”


Lynch said he plans to campaign for Murphy prior to the September 12th preliminary election, with details to be provided at a later date. 


Congressman Lynch was born and raised in the South Boston public housing projects, then became an ironworker after high school as a member of Ironworkers Local 7. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology, attending classes on nights and weekends. He received a law degree from Boston College Law School, working as a labor and employment attorney.


Lynch was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, then the State Senate. In 1999, he earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.


In addition to the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Lynch serves as a senior member of the Committee on Financial Services, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion. He also sits on the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, an investigative subcommittee of the House Committee on the Judiciary.


Along with the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, which works to protect workers’ rights and educate Members of Congress on issues that impact American families, Lynch co-chairs the House Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, the House Caucus on Anti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing, and the House Quiet Skies Caucus, which works on aircraft air and noise pollution issues. 



He and his wife, Margaret, live in South Boston, where they raised their daughter, Victoria, and niece Crystal.


Boston City Councilor At-Large Erin Murphy was first elected in 2021, after a more than 20 years as a Boston Public Schools teacher. A lifelong Dorchester resident, she attended BPS, worked her way through the University of Massachusetts Boston and her Master’s degree from Fitchburg State University, while raising her four children in the city as a single mom.


Since taking citywide office, Murphy has delivered on her promise to be the “go-to call at City Hall” for constituents in every neighborhood, delivering on a broad range of her priorities, including education, senior services, substance abuse and recovery, job growth, safer streets, veterans’ priorities, and increased opportunities for small businesses and people of color. Murphy has been working hard to earn votes in every neighborhood in advance of the November 7th general election.

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Committee to Elect Erin J. Murphy

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Dear neighbors,


I hope everyone had a good 4th of July. At the City Council, after a lengthy deliberation on the City’s FY24 Budget, I was proud to join my colleagues in passage of Mayor Wu’s Budget. As Council President, I am pleased that this Budget includes and restores critical funding for the needs of District 2 and our city, including for basic city services, law enforcement and first responders, emergency services, and veterans services. 


In District 2, I was proud to support the addition of a $4 million new Fire Station in the South Boston Waterfront. This accompanies the $10 million in funding for an EMS Station in the Waterfront, which the South Boston Elected Officials and I advocated for and received funding for during last year’s budget. Both Fire and EMS stations will be much needed to accommodate public safety concerns amid unprecedented growth in the area. 


South End also received $1.1 million to ensure the safety of the aging Shawmut Avenue Bridge, as well as $2.4 million in funding for a feasibility study for a new park above the I-90 to connect Shawmut Avenue and Washington Street - an area that was historically once Chinatown.


I have included below a list of new District 2 capital projects, as well as the capital projects that are currently in construction:


New

South Boston:

  • Seaport Fire Station, Programming and design for a new firehouse located in the Seaport, $4,000,000


South End:

  • Shawmut Avenue Bridge, engineering and construction work to ensure the Shawmut Ave Bridge remains in a state of good repair, $1,100,000
  • Reconnecting Communities, conduct a feasibility study and initial design for a new park built on a deck over the 1-90 highway and MBTA tracks between Shawmut Avenue and Washington Street, $2,400,000


In Construction

Back Bay:

  • Copley Square Park, Complete park redesign to optimize resiliency to high traffic events and storm-water, $18,850,000


Chinatown:

  • Josiah Quincy Upper School, design and construct a new facility for the Josiah Quincy Upper School. The MSBA will partner with the City in the development and funding of this new school, $223,591,467


South End:

  • Washington Street/Traveler Street, roadway improvements to Washington Street from East Berkeley Street to Herald Street, and Traveler Street between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue. Improvements include resurfacing, pavement markings, and new traffic signals. $1,750,000
  • Tremont Street, redesign and reconstruction of Tremont Street, from Herald Street to Massachusetts Avenue, to include permanent safety improvements to crossings, accessibility upgrades, dedicated bicyclist space, and potential drop-off zones for ridesharing, $10,539,452


West End:

  • Friend Street, reconstruct street and sidewalk on Friend Street from New Chardon Street to Causeway Street, $1,750,000


The total amount of Capital Budget currently allocated to District 2 is $429 million. To review the City's FY24 Capital Budget and projects that are new, in construction, and in design, please visit: https://content.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2023/04/5-Volume%201%20-%20Capital%20Planning.pdf


I believe this budget makes the necessary investments that will address some of the most pressing issues facing our city. I want to thank Mayor Wu for her positive leadership in this process and my fellow City Councilors for our continued work together.


There are many free events in the summer, including a summer concert series, movie nights and art workshops across the city. The special election for District 8 will be on July 25th. I have included more information on these events and activities below. I encourage residents to take advantage of these fun, family-friendly opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. 


Thank you,

Ed

City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings


Abutters Meetings 


Cannabis Meetings

Upcoming Special Election Dates



District 8 City Councilor (to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Councilor Kenzie Bok)

  • Special Municipal Election: July 25, 2023
  • Voter Registration Deadline: July 15, 2023

Sumner Tunnel Closure

Sumner Tunnel is closed for repairs until August 31. Travelers are encouraged to use alternative means of travel to driving. MassDOT will provide alternative commute options, and travelers can utilize MassDOT 511 to review traffic conditions.


Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

Due to the state's closure of the Sumner Tunnel for restoration work, please be advised that curbside leaf and yard waste will be collected on Saturdays ONLY beginning on July 15 and ending on August 26. To view the updated calendar: https://boston.gov/departments/public-works/leaf-and-yard-waste-schedule

Block Party Applications and Grants

Block parties are one of the most delightful ways to connect neighbors, build community, and have fun! Applications are now open for Boston residents to host summer block parties, and new this year — we're offering block party mini-grants to help you plan the fun. If you are interested in hosting a block party, find more information at: https://www.boston.gov/departments/transportation/how-host-block-party.

Garden Contest

Mayor Michelle Wu is holding a garden contest as a citywide celebration of urban gardening. Categories include porch, balcony, or container gardens, vegetable or herb gardens, and small, medium, and large yard gardens. The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 12. To learn more and enter, please visit: http://boston.gov/garden-contest. 

Household Hazardous Waste Day

The next Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, August 12, at 315 Gardner Street (Millenium Park) in West Roxbury, from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. We accept clothing and textiles, electronics, tires, and more. Find the full list of accepted items at: http://boston.gov/hazardous-waste.

Clothing and Textile Recycling

In compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s policy, beginning November 1, the City of Boston will not accept clothing and textiles in curbside trash. To help residents comply with this state policy, the City of Boston is offering drop boxes conveniently located throughout the City for residents to dispose of their unwanted clothing and textiles. Find a drop-off location or schedule a pickup at: http://boston.gov/textiles

Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Project Oscar Compost Program

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24 hour community compost program. The Project has 15 bins across the city which can be used to compost personal food scraps by anyone who lives in Boston. Most bins are unlocked and open to residents for use at any time. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/project-oscar

Community Preservation Act (CPA): FY 2024 CPA Eligibility Determination Form

To apply for CPA's FY2024 Funding Round, please review their Eligibility Determination Packet, their How to Apply Page, and complete an Eligibility Determination Form online.


The CPA Office will determine if a project meets the eligibility criteria of the CPA statute. If your project is eligible, you will be invited to submit an application for consideration to the nine-member Community Preservation Committee. This deadline is Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 5 pm

Connect Downtown: Charles Street South & Tremont Street

The Boston Transportation Department will be hosting a number of in-person events for Connect Downtown: Charles Street South & Tremont Street to address pedestrian safety, look at curb ramps that do not meet accessibility standards, and other issues. There will be a few drop by sessions on the corner of Charles Street South and Warrenton St/Melrose St from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, July 18
  • Tuesday, August 15

Residents can also schedule virtual office hours every other Wednesday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. For more information, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/transportation/connect-downtown#charles-south--tremont

Boston Community Choice Electricity

BCCE is the largest municipal aggregation program in Massachusetts. It allows the city to secure electricity at a competitive rate and aims to provide affordable and renewable energy to the program’s customers. Through offering Boston residents a reliable, not-for-profit electricity option, BCCE strengthens consumer protection, reduces carbon emissions, and prioritizes local energy sources. To opt-in to the program, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/environment/community-choice-electricity 

Affordable Housing 

There is a new opportunity for income-restricted rental housing at 235 Old Colony Avenue, South Boston. Thirty-seven units are available for rent and their applications close Wednesday, July 26. To request an application, fill out this form. For more information, please visit https://www.maloneyaffordable.com/rental-properties/south-standard/. If you have any questions please email southstandard@maloneyproperties.com or call 617-639-3064.

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

Summer Events in the City

Summer Concerts, Movie Nights, and Art Workshops

This summer, Boston is hosting free public concerts, movie nights, and art workshops in our neighborhood parks:


South End

  • Concert: Tito Puente Latin Music Series, “Pura Vida”
  •  Thursday, July 13, 7:00 pm, O’Day Playground
  • Concert: “Conscious Reggae” 
  • Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 pm, Blackstone Square
  • Arts Workshop: Arts and crafts workshop 
  • July 27, August 3 & 10, 10:00 am, Hayes Park
  • Puppet Show: Marionette Puppets
  • August 3, 11:00 am, Hayes Park
  • Movie Night: “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” 
  • Tuesday, August 22, 8:00 pm, Peter’s Park
  • Arts Workshop: Watercolor painting workshop
  •  September 24, 10:00 am, Ringgold Park


South Boston

  • Arts Workshop: Arts and crafts workshop, 
  • July 27, August 3 & 10, 10:00 am, Medal of Honor Park
  • Concert: “Gospelfest” 
  • Sunday, July 30, 5-9 pm, the Lawn on D
  • Movie Night: “Minion: The Rise of Gru”
  •  Tuesday, August 8, 8:00 pm, Moakley Park
  • Concert: “Be Kind Rewind 90s” 
  • Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 pm, Medal of Honor Park 


Downtown

  • Concert: Tito Puente Latin Music Series,“Tito Puente Jr with Edwin Pabon” 
  • Thursday, August 10, 7:00 pm Boston Common
  • Movie Night: “The Super Mario Brothers Movie” 
  • Friday, September 1, 8:00 pm, Boston Common Parade Ground
  • Arts Workshop: Watercolor painting workshop 
  • September 16, 10:00 am, Boston Public Garden


Learn more about any of these events here: https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2023/04/_23%20Summer%20Guide.pdf

Boston Park Summer Fitness Series

The 2023 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series is here! This includes virtual and in-person classes across the city. All classes are free and open to the public. You can view the full list of classes at http://boston.gov/fitness.

Sports Programs for Youth 

Register for youth sports programs in the Summer: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-sports-and-activities

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Order for a hearing to discuss public safety and quality of life issues for our residents in public housing

I joined Councilor Erin Murphy and Councilor Michael Flaherty in filing for this hearing to assess the response procedures and protocols relating to public safety in Boston Housing Authority (BHA) units, particularly the safety of children in BHA housing. BHA provides public and affordable housing options to thousands of our most vulnerable residents. They are responsible for maintaining and, importantly, inspecting BHA housing developments. The overall quality of life and safety of our public housing residents is of the utmost importance to us. It is imperative that there are reviews on the BHA’s protocols to maintain accurate lists of tenants, that there are enforcement mechanisms to ensure that all leaseholders are in compliance with BHA policies, and that all children in BHA housing are accounted for and safe. 

Dear neighbors,


Spring is finally in full bloom and it is great to see our streets, sidewalks and parks bustle with life and activity again.


We are now a third of our way into Budget Season. In District 2, there are three notable new capital plan investments, including $4 million for a new firehouse at the South Boston Waterfront, which the South Boston elected officials and I have long advocated for, $1.1 million for engineering and construction work at the Shawmut Avenue Bridge so that it remains in a state of good repair, and $2.4 million for a feasibility study and initial design for a new park built on a deck over the I-90 highway and MBTA tracks between Shawmut Avenue and Washington Street as part of the federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program.


At the City Council, I filed a hearing order to discuss the creation of an Office of Pest Control in the City Boston. There has been a sharp uptick in rodent and pest activities in our neighborhoods since the pandemic, which has deeply impacted residents' quality of life. I believe having a dedicated position and office on pest control - similar to what New York City recently did - would allow for a more streamlined and coordinated approach to address the issue, and come up with more innovative ways to prevent pest infestations.


There are a variety of events and activities around the City from May until the end of August, and I encourage residents and families to take advantage of the City’s Summer Fitness Programs, Parks programs and youth sports programs to enjoy the outdoors. The City and a number of organizations such as the YMCA also offer summer youth programs. It is important to encourage our youth to utilize the City’s SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program and BCYF programs to gain new skills and make new friends over the summer. 


Thank you,

Ed



City and District Updates

MCCA Meeting re D & E Street Parcels (In-person)

Please note the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will be hosting two public meetings regarding the MCCA-owned parcels on D and E St by the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Please join us these important meetings. 


  • Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm

 Condon School, 200 D St, Boston, MA 02127


  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6:00 pm at 

District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210


Summer Safety and Engagement Community Conversations Meeting (In-person)

  • Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 - 7:00 pm,

Condon School, 200 D St, Boston, MA 02127


Community Preservation Act Information Session (In-person)

  • Thursday, June 8, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 646 E Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127


Upcoming Special Election Dates

9th Suffolk Representative District (to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Jon Santiago):

  • Special State Election: May 30, 2023;
  • Voter Registration Deadline: May 20, 2023


District 8 City Councilor (to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Councilor Kenzie Bok)

  • Special Municipal Primary: June 27, 2023;
  • Voter Registration Deadline: June 17, 2023

FY23 Community Preservation Grantees

​​This year, the Community Preservation Committee and team allocated $40 million in funding to support neighborhood projects across the city. Below are the projects that are funded in District 2:


South Boston

  • McDevitt Senior Homes, $2.5 million
  • Congress Street Fire Station Restoration, $395,5000

Chinatown

  • Parcel R-1 Affordable Housing (rental & ownership) $4.2 million
  • St. James the Greater Church Restoration, $400,000

Downtown

  • Tremont Temple Baptist Church Restoration, $750,000

Beacon Hill

  • Peter Faneuil House Restoration and Basketball Court Rehabilitation, $280,000


FY24 Community Preservation Act (CPA) Eligibility Determination

The CPA Eligibility Determination Form for FY 2024 is now available. Every year, the CPA team determines if a proposed project meets the eligibility criteria based on the CPA statute. If your project is eligible, applicants are then invited to submit an application for consideration to the CPA’s nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC). You can review CPA’s Eligibility Determination Packet, the How to Apply Page, and complete an Eligibility Determination Form online. The deadline to submit an Eligibility Determination is Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 5 pm.

Boston Park Summer Fitness Series

The 2023 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series is here! This includes virtual and in-person classes across the city. All classes are free and open to the public. You can view the full list of classes at http://boston.gov/fitness.

Sports Programs for Youth 

Register for youth sports programs in the Summer: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks-sports-and-activities

SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program

The city’s annual SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program is now accepting applications. There are 5,000 youth jobs in partnership with local nonprofits and community organizations, and 2,000 City-based youth jobs this year. Check for your eligibility and apply at: https://boston.gov/departments/youth-employment-and-opportunity/successlink-jobs

Connect Downtown: Charles Street South & Tremont Street

The Boston Transportation Department will be hosting a number of in-person events for Connect Downtown: Charles Street South & Tremont Street to address pedestrian safety, look at curb ramps that do not meet accessibility standards, and discuss connecting the bike network. There will be a few drop by sessions on the corner of Charles Street South and Warrenton St/Melrose St from 4-6 p.m on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, June 27
  • Tuesday, July 18
  • Tuesday, August 15

Residents can also schedule virtual office hours every other Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. For more information, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/transportation/connect-downtown#charles-south--tremont

Renew your MassHealth

The MassHealth redetermination period has started. Members should update their contact information and any changes in household, job, income, disability status, pregnancy to continue receiving benefits. Please ensure your health coverage is maintained. To renew your coverage, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/masshealth-eligibility-redeterminations


For assistance, you can call the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 or visit: http://boston.gov/mayors-health-line

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

Leaf and yard waste curbside collection will resume on Monday, April 10. Download the Boston Trash Day app for collection & drop-off dates or check here for the full schedule: https://boston.gov/departments/public-works/leaf-and-yard-waste-schedule

Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our seniors, working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Order for a hearing to discuss the creation of an office of pest control in the City of Boston

I filed a hearing order with Councilor Coletta to discuss the creation of an Office of Pest Control in the City Boston. There has been a sharp uptick in rodent and pest activities in our neighborhoods since the pandemic, which has deeply impacted residents' quality of life. Currently, pest control is cross-departmental effort in the City of Boston, with Inspectional Services, Public Works, Boston Water and Sewer Commission being the main points of contact. Having a dedicated position and office on pest control would allow us to better address the issue, allow for a more streamlined and coordinated process in reducing pests, and come up with more innovative ways in prevent pest infestations.

Resolution designating a Citizen Square at the intersection of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets in Back Bay in recognition of Lt. Col. Enoch "Woody" Woodhouse

I’m proud to co-sponsor this resolution with Councilor Kenzie Bok to recognize and honor Lt. Col. Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse for his exceptional service and sacrifice to our country by designating a Citizen Square at the intersection of Boylston and Dartmouth Street in Back Bay. Woody was born and raised in Boston in 1927 and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps all black segregated unit 322 Fighter Wing at Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama, known as the “Tuskegee Airmen” following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was honored for his distinguished service despite clear racist challenges he faced during his military service. He later distinguished himself as a Department of State Diplomatic Courier in Europe, the Middle East, and was on the last flight out of Havana, Cuba, in 1959. Lt. Col. Woodhouse was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in 2007, and was appointed to the State Militia with the rank of Brigadier General by Governor Charlie Baker in 2022. He has been a longtime champion and advocate for veterans and military families throughout his life. We are very proud of his remarkable achievements.

In the Community

It was great to join Mayor Wu, State Rep Elect John Moran, players, coaches, sponsors, and South End and Roxbury residents for the opening of South End Baseball.

It was wonderful to celebrate the kick off of Flynn Cruiseport Boston’s Cruise Season recently with the 2023 Maritime Champion, Senator Nick Collins. Senator Collins was recognized for his exceptional advocacy of the maritime economy and Port of Boston. A special thank you to the Massachusetts Port Authority team!

It was wonderful to join South Boston, South End and Back Bay residents for the recent Love Your Block clean-up. We take pride in our neighborhoods and our city! Thank you to the Boston Public Works Department and Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

In April, I visited the Murphy K-8 School for their literacy initiative, “Reading Across the Murphy.” I was honored to read “Bark, George'' to kindergarten students. It was informative for me to be in a Boston Public Schools classroom and observe the exceptional teaching and learning taking place!

Last week, I was honored to attend El Mundo Boston's Latino Professional Mixer. Latino residents are an indispensable part of our city and workforce. They are our neighbors, friends, colleagues, educators and essential workers. Thank you for your many contributions to our city and our neighborhoods!

Recently, I joined our friends at the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers for their 55th Anniversary Gala. These law enforcement officials have our sincere thanks for what they do every day! You make the Commonwealth a safer place for all of us.

It was great to join South Boston neighbors for a special lunch sponsored by the South Boston Neighborhood House recently. Thank you to all of our seniors for the contributions and sacrifices you have made to our city and country.

Kristen and I enjoyed attending May Day at Hayes Park in the South End recently. It was wonderful to see so many young families and longtime residents enjoying this beautiful park! Our parks and open spaces bring us together as a community and provide outdoor space for all of us.

Thank you to AACA Boston for sponsoring Monday’s forum on Asian Hate in Boston. We must acknowledge the rise in violence against the AAPI community. Let’s ensure the voices and concerns of Boston’s AAPI community, immigrant families and communities of color, are heard and respected.

I am grateful for the opportunity to go “On The Record” with WCVB Channel 5 Boston and Sharman Sacchetti as political roundtable reviews the top political news of the week.

Read my statement below and watch my interview here! ⬇️

It was a pleasure to talk with Mary Anne Marsh and Rob Gray, the political roundtable analysts who join OTR each week to discuss the latest political news.

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This Week in the City Council

Boston Families Deserve Better Than This

I am discouraged for the many students that are affected by the Boston Public Schools error in calculating student GPAs to determine their exam schools eligibility. I will continue to work closely with families to help navigate the system and get this right for their children.

2024 Budget Breakfast

The $4.28 billion FY 2024 Operating Budget and $4.2 billion FY 2024-2028 Capital Plan build on a strong and stable financial foundation and make new investments in priority areas alongside sustained investments designed to deliver the more equitable, vibrant, and resilient City our residents deserve.

Read the Budget Here

Boston Public Schools announced a $1.4 billion budget for the 2023-2024 school year — an increase of $65 million over the previous year.

Read the BPS Budget Here

Project Place Climb for a Cause at Fenway Park

As the Chair of Homelessness I was proud to join volunteers as they climbed 1,545 stairs at Fenway Park—one for every adult currently experiencing homelessness in Boston—to take steps toward breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Project Place

Proud to join my District Councilor Frank Baker, and former Savin Hill baseball coach Secretary Walsh at the opening day of Dorchester Baseball!

Boston Praise Radio

Thankful for the opportunity that Pastor Walls gave me to join him on his morning show, Boston Praise Radio, to have a candid conversation about our great City of Boston. I look forward to continuing our conversation and working together to help our City heal and grow.

Watch my interview here! ⬇️

Ward 20 Candidate Forum

Thank you to the West Roxbury Business Association for hosting Ward 20’s candidate forum for the 10th Suffolk District. Make sure to get out and vote on May 2nd for the next State Representative.

Always enjoy seeing State Rep. Brandy Fluker-Oakley at events in Mattapan.

10 Year Anniversary of the Marathon Bombing

BOSTON STRONG

Moving to join families of those who lost loved ones in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing for One Boston Day Memorial Wreath Laying. We are Boston Strong! We will never forget Martin, Krystle, Lingzi, Dennis and Sean.

Proud to join survivors, first responders and community at One Boston Day events at the Finish Line on Boylston Street. #BostonStrong

Dorchester Baseball Opening Day!

Matt Brown Foundation

I was honored to meet Matt Brown, and his racing partner Lucas Carr, last weekend as they were getting ready to head out on their 9th Boston Marathon together. Matt is a former Norwood High School hockey player who was paralyzed during a game in 2010. After his accident, he founded the Matt Brown Foundation to support individuals and families affected by spinal cord injuries. The foundation's mission is to help individuals live more independent and fulfilling lives.



The foundation also raises awareness about spinal cord injuries and the importance of sports safety. They organize events and fundraisers throughout the year to support their mission and help those in need. If you or someone you know has been affected by a spinal cord injury and could benefit from the Matt Brown Foundation's resources and support, you can visit their website at

Dear neighbors,


Spring is finally upon us and I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather.


We were saddened by the passing of Representative Mel King at the end of March. Throughout his life, Mel worked tirelessly to bring out the best in people and help heal a divided city. He is an example of how words, actions and leadership can make a difference, and he will always be remembered as a racial healer and a family friend. 


At the City Council, I filed an ordinance amending the City of Boston code relating to the study and report on the trafficking of illegal firearms, a resolution recognizing Irish-American Heritage Month, and a resolution to inform veterans about the resources available to them through the PACT Act.


As we enter into the 2024 Budget Season, the City Council will begin a series of Ways and Means Hearings starting from the end of April to the end of June. In the past few weeks, I have held budget meetings with District 2 residents to listen to what types of improvements they wish to see in their neighborhoods. I continue to encourage residents to write to me about any specific requests they would like to see in District 2 as we begin this process.


Finally, a reminder to all that street sweeping and the city’s leaf and yard waste programs have resumed.


Thank you,

Ed

City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings


Abutters Meeting


Cannabis Meeting

Love Your Block Spring Cleanup

Love Your Block Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 22 & April 29 this year. Sign up as a volunteer here: https://bit.ly/40FRuc6. You can learn more at http://boston.gov/love-your-block. Here is the schedule for District 2 neighborhoods:


Saturday, April 22

Chinatown, Downtown, Leather District


Saturday, April 29

Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, South End, South Boston, St. Botolph, West End, Wharf District

Renew your MassHealth

The MassHealth redetermination period has started. Members should update their contact information and any changes in household, job, income, disability status, pregnancy to continue receiving benefits. Please ensure your health coverage is maintained.  To renew your coverage, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/masshealth-eligibility-redeterminations


For assistance, you can call the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 or visit: http://boston.gov/mayors-health-line

SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program

The city’s annual SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program is now accepting applications. There are 5,000 youth jobs in partnership with local nonprofits and community organizations, and 2,000 City-based youth jobs this year. Check for your eligibility and apply at: https://boston.gov/departments/youth-employment-and-opportunity/successlink-jobs

Street Cleaning Has Resumed

Street cleaning resumed on April 1 and will run through until November 30 for all neighborhoods except North End, South End, and Beacon Hill. To check the schedule for street cleaning or to sign up for Street Sweeping alerts, go to: https://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping/

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

Leaf and yard waste curbside collection will resume on Monday, April 10. Download the Boston Trash Day app for collection & drop-off dates or check here for the full schedule: https://boston.gov/departments/public-works/leaf-and-yard-waste-schedule

Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Landlord Incentive Program

Please note the Mayor's Office of Housing is now offering a Landlord Incentive Program to landlords who sign leases with individuals moving out of homelessness. Some of the incentives include lease-signing, unit retention bonuses, broker fees, and repair costs. To learn more about the program, please contact info@newleasehousing.org or call 857-323-6303.

FY24 Community Preservation Act (CPA) Eligibility Determination

The CPA Eligibility Determination Form for FY 2024 is now available. Every year, the CPA team determines if a proposed project meets the eligibility criteria based on the CPA statute. If your project is eligible, applicants are then invited to submit an application for consideration to the CPA’s nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC). You can review CPA’s Eligibility Determination Packet, the How to Apply Page, and complete an Eligibility Determination Form online. The deadline to submit an Eligibility Determination is Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 5 pm.

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our seniors, working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

COVID-19 latest & testing

According to the Boston Public Health Commission, COVID-19 positivity in the community is at 2.9%. If you are feeling unwell, please get tested and wear a mask. The BPHC provides free testing in the City. Please visit boston.gov/covid19-testing for available testing sites. I encourage those of you who are not vaccinated or boosted to receive your shots. Vaccines will reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection, and prevent severe illness, and hospitalization. 


Vaccine & Boosters

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have now been approved for children as young as 6 months to 17 years of age.


Free COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics are available in the City. Please visit boston.gov/covid19-vaccine to find a vaccine clinic. Do note that not all locations will carry vaccines for children. You should contact the vaccine sites for more information. 


If you are unsure whether you are eligible for a booster or which booster to get, the State website provides more information here: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Ordinance amending the City of Boston code relating to the study and report on the trafficking of illegal firearms

I filed an ordinance to require the Boston Police Department to provide an annual comprehensive study and review of the flow of firearms into the City of Boston. This would help law enforcement and policymakers better understand the impact of illegal gun trafficking, and the data collected will help craft strategies to reduce gun violence. Since 2015, there have been more than 1,700 shootings recorded in the City of Boston, with more than 170 shootings and 900 firearms recovered in 2022. Last October, the City Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring gun violence as a public health emergency. We must continue to focus on the issue of illegal gun trafficking, and to investigate, identify, and prosecute gun traffickers.

Resolution to inform veterans about the resources available to them through the PACT Act

I filed this resolution to inform Boston’s Veteran community about the resources available to them through the “Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins” Act, also known as the PACT Act. This legislation was signed into law last year to address and expand the healthcare needs of U.S. service members who were exposed to toxic substances such as burn pits, Agent Orange while serving overseas. Over 3.5 million veterans are estimated to have been exposed during operations in the Middle East, with many reporting an onset of diseases such as sinusitis, rhinitis, and asthma. Boston Veterans who suffer these conditions should get in touch with the City’s Veteran Services Office and to enroll in the VA Health care system if they haven’t yet. Applying to Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits is free, and applying for the PACT Act benefits before August 10, 2023 will ensure benefits are backdated to August, 10, 2022.

Hearings recently held

Hearing to ​​discuss digital equity and municipal broadband in relation to affordable housing in the City of Boston

Last week, Councilor Kenzie Bok, Councilor Julia Mejia, and I held a hearing on digital equity and the digital divide in affordable housing in Boston. We had a productive discussion with Chief Information Officer Santiago Garces and Boston Housing Authority Chief of Staff Joel Wool as well as outside panelists Emilio Dorcely from Urban Edge, Marvin Venay from Tech Goes Home, and representatives from Verizon and Comcast. We spoke about addressing the remaining gaps, working with our Internet Service Providers to increase outreach and resources for digital access, as well as improve high-quality fiber connectivity to affordable housing developments and areas that experience non-competitive service.

Hearing to discuss safety of Light Poles, Bridges and Public Infrastructure in the City of Boston 

Earlier this week, Councilor Flaherty and I held a hearing on the safety of Light Poles, Bridges and Public Infrastructure. We spoke with city officials and the Public Works team with regards to the incident at Moakley Bridge when a pedestrian was struck by a light pole last year and discussed the City’s inspection and audit process for infrastructure as well as repair and maintenance schedules.

In the Community

Kristen and I were honored to once again invite Mrs. Christine Devlin to the St. Patrick's Day breakfast. Mrs. Devlin is a Gold Star Mother as her son, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Devlin, was killed in the bombing in Beirut. We honor Mrs. Devlin and all Gold Star Families, share in their grief and remember their sacrifice.

It was great to join my parents, South Boston neighbors and colleagues in government for the youth Basketball Free Throw Contest and Kickball game sponsored by the South Boston Citizens' Association. Thank you to the SBCA for supporting our youth in the community through sports and educational opportunities.

Thank you Age Strong and South Boston Citizens' Association for sponsoring the Senior St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in memory of Tom and Ed Butler. It was wonderful to join my colleagues in government, my parents, and South Boston neighbors for a delicious lunch, great music, Irish step dancing and friendship!

I was honored to join the parishioners of St. Mary of the Angels Church and Egleston Square residents at the Good Friday Stations of the Cross. We prayed in both Spanish and English for peace, love, compassion and for those in need, including our immigrant neighbors.

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Dear Neighbors,


Over the last month, we celebrated Black History Month and a number of other events in Boston. At the City Council, I refiled a hearing order to discuss increasing access to swimming lessons and water safety awareness, and filed a resolution in support of designating Lunar New Year as an official holiday in the City of Boston. I also co-sponsored two hearing orders on increasing the pay for Boston Municipal Officers, and discussing digital equity and municipal broadband in relation to affordable housing in the City. 


During the recent City Council hearings on rent stabilization, I called for a property tax exemption of $6,000 per year for owners providing reduced rents of $500/month below market rate rent. I firmly believe this would provide much-needed relief to renters and access to more affordable housing units across the city, encourage property owners to help neighbors, and reward those who have been doing so already.


I attended the 2023 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mid-Winter Conference in Arlington, Virginia at the end of February. I was proud to join fellow veterans to learn about the latest issues and policies impacting veterans, such as correcting inequities in compensation benefits, implementing the PACT Act for those exposed to toxic substances, and bolstering mental health resources, among others.


March is Women’s History Month. I ask that you all recognize and celebrate the important women figures in your life, and thank them for their sacrifices and the joy and happiness they bring to your life.


Thank you,

Ed

City and District Updates

BPDA Meetings


Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Monday, March 13, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Boston Tax Help Coalition

Please note the City’s Worker Empowerment Cabinet and Boston Tax Help Coalition are partnering to provide free IRS-certified tax preparation at 30 neighborhood locations for households making less than $60,000. For more information, please visit http://BostonTaxHelp.org or email FreeTaxHelp@boston.gov for questions.

U.S. Census Bureau - 2022 Economic Census

The 2022 Economic Census has just been launched nationally. The Economic Census collects important data on the country’s businesses once every five years to provide a comprehensive measure of the U.S. economy. Over 4 million businesses will be surveyed nationally, and more than 80,000 businesses will be invited to respond in Boston. Mailing of the Economic Census began Tuesday, January 31, 2023, with responses due by Wednesday, March 15, 2023. I encourage our business communities, both large and small, to partake in this Census. You can find out more by visiting the 2022 Economic Census.

Apply to be on Boston's Community Preservation Committee (CPC)

Boston City Council and the City of Boston's Community Preservation Committee (CPC) are currently seeking four new at-large members to join the CPC, a 9-member board that recommends Community Preservation Act (CPA) projects to the Mayor and the City Council for CPA Funds. To date, through the CPA, 237 projects have been awarded for over $117 million in funding in the categories of affordable housing, open spaces and recreation, and historic preservation in Boston. 


CPC members must be Boston residents and serve for a three year term for a maximum of two terms. The position is unpaid. If you are interested in applying to be a CPC member, please apply here. The application deadline is Friday, March 17, 2023

For more information, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/news/join-city-bostons-community-preservation-committee-0

FY24 Community Preservation Act (CPA) Eligibility Determination

The CPA Eligibility Determination Form for FY 2024 is now available. Every year, the CPA team determines if a proposed project meets the eligibility criteria based on the CPA statute. If your project is eligible, applicants are then invited to submit an application for consideration to the CPA’s nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC). You can review CPA’s Eligibility Determination Packet, the How to Apply Page, and complete an Eligibility Determination Form online. The deadline to submit an Eligibility Determination is Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 5 pm.

Building Pathways Union Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities 

Building Pathways is now recruiting for qualified people to join their next Pre-Apprenticeship Program cycle. Building Pathways offer a free 200+ hour career exploration program with hands-on exposure to build their skills in the Building Trades. To apply, you must attend a virtual Information Session either in person or virtually. For more information, please visit: http://BuildingPathwaysMA.org.

Heat & Frost Insulators Union Local 6, Boston Opportunities

Heat & Frost Insulators Union Local 6 will be accepting apprenticeship applications from March 1st to March 31st. For application instructions and requirements, please visit: https://insulators6.org/apprenticeships/

Landlord Incentive Program

Please note the Mayor's Office of Housing is now offering a Landlord Incentive Program to landlords who sign leases with individuals moving out of homelessness. Some of the incentives include lease-signing, unit retention bonuses, broker fees, and repair costs. To learn more about the program, please contact info@newleasehousing.org or call 857-323-6303.

Mattress Recycling

The Public Works Department now provides a free citywide curbside mattress and box spring recycling service for those living in a building with 6 units or less. You can schedule your pick up appointment by dialing 311. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/mattress-recycling

Resources for Businesses

The Office of Economic Development hosts zoom calls for small business owners and provides information and resources. The calls takes place on the last Tuesday of the month at 3pm on Zoom and Facebook Live: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B12DiEy2QZK0e3LjC71yQQ

Metrolist

Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues we face in the City of Boston, and a top concern for many of our seniors, working families, low income neighbors, communities of color, and immigrants. The City of Boston provides a resource called Metrolist that helps you find housing based on your income and provides the most recent affordable housing listings. Please take a look and consider filling out an application for an opportunity to access affordable home ownership. For more information, please go to: 

https://www.boston.gov/metrolist

COVID-19 latest & testing

According to the Boston Public Health Commission, COVID-19 positivity in the community is at 4.2%. If you are feeling unwell, please get tested and wear a mask. The BPHC provides free testing in the City. Please visit boston.gov/covid19-testing for available testing sites. I encourage those of you who are not vaccinated or boosted to receive your shots. Vaccines will reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection, and prevent severe illness, and hospitalization. 


Vaccine & Boosters

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have now been approved for children as young as 6 months to 17 years of age.


Free COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics are available in the City. Please visit boston.gov/covid19-vaccine to find a vaccine clinic. Do note that not all locations will carry vaccines for children. You should contact the vaccine sites for more information. 


If you are unsure whether you are eligible for a booster or which booster to get, the State website provides more information here: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Council Hearings and Resolutions

Order for a hearing to discuss increasing access to swimming lessons and awareness of water safety

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable, injury-related deaths in children below the age of 15 in Massachusetts, and unfortunately, Black and lower income communities are more likely to be affected by drownings. As a City surrounded by water, it is vital for our young people to have basic water safety awareness and to know how to swim. I’m proud to partner with Councilor Kendra Lara to refile this hearing order from last year. We must explore ways to partner with local and community organizations to provide swimming classes for our low-income residents and young people of color so that they can have the basic skills to be safe around water.