Wednesday, April 10, 2013
City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo has entered his name into Boston’s crowded race to become the next mayor.
Standing in front of a wall lined with supporters, another city councilor announced Tuesday morning he would be running for mayor. City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo officially entered his name into the race at a press conference at SEIU Local 615 on Tuesday morning. If elected, Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, would be Boston’s first Latino mayor. Arroyo answered a few questions from the media, including one about his campaign’s approach. “I will have the strongest grassroots campaign, powered by committed volunteers and funded by small donors, that’s [...] the only way that I would want to win, and that’s exactly how I will govern,” he said. Arroyo has been an organizer advocating for workers’ rights at SEIU 16.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Boston City Council supported a redistricting map, the third one, after the first two were vetoed by Mayor Menino.
The Boston City Council is hoping the third's time the charm for their latest redistricting map submitted to Mayor Thomas Menino on Wednesday. The Council supported a redistricting map at Wednesday's meeting by a vote of 11-2, with the two votes against the map coming from District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey, and the chair of the Census Committee, District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan. The map now awaits Menino's approval or disapproval. Menino has vetoed the last two redistricting maps, citing concerns of an "over-concentration of protected groups" in districts both times. The Council-approved map was originally submitted by Councilors Frank Baker, Rob Consalvo and Matt O'Malley. At Wednesday's meeting, District 7 City Councilor …
Monday, October 22, 2012
If Boston Mayor Thomas Menino were to choose not to run next year - who would run? Who would you like to see run for mayor?
It's gotten to the point that individuals wanting to be Boston mayor openly admit they are waiting for Thomas Menino to step aside. The Boston Herald did a roundup of the usual suspects expected to make a run at being Boston's next mayor. Included in the Herald's list are: Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, City Councilors John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson and Mike Ross. Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral, as well as state Representatives Linda Dorcena Forry and Marty Walsh were also tabbed as possible candidates. Several of the usual suspects have said they'd like to run for mayor if Menino stepped aside, but not if he's still in office. Just ask Maura Hennigan and Michael Flaherty about what it's …
Friday, October 12, 2012
In 2009, 42 people committed suicide in Boston, according to Massachusetts Department of Health.
At-Large Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo wants to break down the stigma attached to suicide and help prevent future deaths. "More than 90% of people who commit suicide are suffering from a psychiatric disorder such as eating disorders or depression," said Arroyo, during the Council's weekly meeting (held on Thursday due to Columbus Day holiday). Arroyo said the number of veterans committing suicide is going up, but he added, "Most issues that lead to suicide are recognizable and treatable." With that notion, the Council's Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs, and Health, will hold a future hearing to further discuss the matter. Arroyo said the hearing will focus on how to prevent suicides, how to deal with the after effects of a suicide …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo would like Boston to be the second city in the U.S. to offer its employees paid maternity and paternity leaves.
Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo will hold a future hearing to examine the feasibility of instituting paid maternity and paternity leave for city employees. Arroyo introduced his hearing at Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting. "Boston could continue to lead in workers' rights... [Employees] either take sick time or find outside care and use up their vacation time. Or come to work quicker. I don’t think this is something working families in Boston should be faced with." The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) passed in 1972 offers eight weeks unpaid covering both men and women. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a federal law that guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid job leave, but only covers employees who have been…