Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to close the loophole that allows individuals on terror watch list lists to legally purchase weapons.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to know how one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was able to get a weapon, despite being on a federal terror watch list. "Right now there are thousands of people on terror watch lists who are considered too dangerous to fly on a plane, but when it comes to buying an assault weapon — no problem. It’s crazy,” said Menino to the Boston Herald. Menino, one of the co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said there are glaring loopholes in our federal gun laws, calling it the "Terror Gap", which enabled Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to get his hands on weapons. Menino said current loopholes allow individuals on terror watch lists to pass background checks to purchase guns legally. But some detractors do …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Menino said he feels humbled and grateful to have served as mayor of Boston "during its best days."
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election. Menino, who after two decades is the city's longest-serving mayor, announced his decision in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," Menino said. "I can run, I can win, and I can lead, but not 'in-the-neighborhoods-all-the-time,' as I like," he said.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election.
After 20 years of serving as mayor of Boston, Mayor Thomas M. Menino officially announced on Thursday he would not seek re-election. Menino, who after two decades is the city's longest-serving mayor, announced his decision in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall. "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," Menino said. "I can run, I can win, and I can lead, but not 'in-the-neighborhoods-all-the-time,' as I like," he said. Menino said that over the last few months, his health has greatly improved, but he's not still up to his normal pace and not able to spend the amount of time in the neighborhoods that he's used to. "I miss hitting …
Thomas Menino is the longest-serving mayor in Boston history. But does his reign deserve inclusion among the city's greatest?
Mayor Thomas Menino will not seek a sixth term, according to at-large Boston politics journalist David Bernstein. Menino reportedly told Fox 25 this morning that it was a tough decision to make. So ends the longest mayorship in Boston history, and one of the longest in American history (To give you some perspective, long-time Chicago Mayor and political boss Richard J. Daley served 21 years and his son Richard M. Daley has currently served 24 years). But does a long career guarantee a spot in the Boston mayoral Hall of Fame, like Carlton Fisk's long career landed him in Cooperstown? Or has Mayor Menino's accomplishments guaranteed him a slot on the short list of Boston's greatest mayors? There are 53 elected mayors in the city's history, …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
City Councilor John Connolly on Tuesday announced his campaign for mayor. Current Mayor Tom Menino, meanwhile, has remained mum about whether he'll run for another term. If these two Boston powerhouses were matched up in the fall, who'd get your vote?
At the very least, it'll be interesting. Boston City Councilor John Connolly threw his hat into the ring Tuesday and announced his candidacy for mayor. Connolly, a city councilor since 2007, has been raising money at an accelerated clip, according to the Globe. That money haul and speculative tweet made this the worst kept secret in the city. Menino, on the other hand, is no shrinking violet, either. A prolonged illness late last year led to speculation that the longest-serving mayor in city history would step down at the end of this term. The Globe notes, however, that a return to health has led to whispers among the cognoscenti that Menino will run again. What do you think? Should Menino run again? Does Connolly have the political …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Did Mayor Thomas Menino's speech hit the mark? Do you think the speech's tone signals his intent to run for another term?
Mayor Thomas Menino delivered an optimistic and ambitious state of the city address Tuesday night, offering broad outlines for improving schools, achieving py equity for women and workforce development through partnerships between MIT, Harvard University and city community centers. What did you think of the speech? Did the Mayor address your concerns? Do you think the themes presented offer a blueprint for the city's future, or was it too broad and general? And don't forget your crystal ball: Many political observers hoped Menino would give some sign about his future plans. Given the speech (which you can watch on the city website), do you think the mayor laid out his platform for another term, or was it his valedictory after 20 years in …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino offered several broad outlines for the coming year.
An aggressive approach to school improvement and pay equity for Boston’s women were two pillars of Mayor Thomas Menino’s 2013 State of the City address. “Our progress is real, our future is bright. The state of our city is striking, sound and strong,” he said. Walking slowly with a cane and with a chair positioned behind his lectern, Menino told the assembled crowd his administration would push to convert more than 1 million square feet of city property into affordable housing for families. Menino was met by a thunderous and sustained ovation as Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” played during his entrance and he tried, in vain, to start the speech on time. “You don’t want to hear my words of wisdom, do you?” joked Menino as the cheering …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino writes about taking action against gun violence in the U.S.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The following was submitted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's office: As a parent and grandparent, I remain overcome with sadness, grief and outrage by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint December 14, 2012 in our hearts and minds, and my heart goes out to the families impacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has seen too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Now is the time for that action. Each day in the United States, 33 people are murdered by guns. Our nation has been brought to a tipping point. Now is the time for a real dialogue on national …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Boston Police Department has removed more than 500 different types of illegal guns— including high-power, high-capacity guns like those used in the Newtown, CT shooting— from the streets of Boston.
The Boston Police Department announced on Wednesday that to date in 2012, police have confiscated more than 500 illegal guns from the streets of Boston. Boston Police have also seized several of the deadly, high powered weapons and high capacity magazines used in the tragic mass shootings in Tucson, AZ, Aurora, CO and, most recently, in Newtown, CT. Those include four Bushmaster rifles, eight Glock handguns, three Sig Sauer handguns and seven AK variant-type rifles. Police seized a small stockpile of weapons just days ago. On Saturday, Dec. 15, a search of an East Boston residence resulted in seizure of one shotgun, two rifles and three semi-automatic pistols. An Oct. 4 search of a Roslindale home also resulted in the seizure of seven …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Boston official writes, 'Show us opportunity. Sell us on progress. Tell us the truth, especially on taxes.'
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The following is a letter written by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner from the City of Boston's website. December 1, 2012 President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 Speaker John Boehner House of Representatives 1011 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, DC 20515 Dear President Obama and Speaker Boehner, I know a little bit about the importance of funding for health research, training, and care. Boston is home to the #1 medical school in the country and the #1 hospital in the country. Researchers in Boston earn more NIH support than in any other city. Health care companies and institutions employ more people than any other sector. Oh, and there’s this: I …