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Council forms new dynamic in Janey’s absence
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Council forms new dynamic in Janey’s absence
With Council President Janey taking on the title of mayor, and multiple councilors running for mayor, the city council may be facing some dramatic changes.
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More candidates enter City Council races
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More candidates enter City Council races
As the official deadline for nomination papers approaches, more candidates continue to enter races for City Council seats. The open seats are District 6, District 4, District 5, two at-large seats and District 7, should acting Mayor Kim Janey make an official run for mayor.
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Council can’t slow cops’ overtime roll
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Council can’t slow cops’ overtime roll
In response to calls for defining police last year, Mayor Martin Walsh pledged to cut the Police Department’s overtime budget by 20%, but the police have already overspent that budget little more than half way through the fiscal year.
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Council probes police reform questions
Last week the City Council held a hearing to probe how the state reforms to policing would be implemented at the local level. Missing were representatives of the Boston Police Department and Baker administration officials.
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Councilors refile tear gas regulation ordinance
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Councilors refile tear gas regulation ordinance
Last summer’s legislative agenda yielded an expansive police reform bill at the state level and a slight reduction in police funding in the city of Boston. Since then, moves to reduce police violence have hit a roadblock. City Councilors Andrea Campbell and Ricardo Arroyo refiled an ordinance limiting the use of crowd control weapons, after police did not support it and Mayor Martin Walsh did not sign it.
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Candidates lining up for district races
The City Council 2021 race is filling up with candidates. District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s seat is open, two new contenders are looking to replace Kim Janey and challengers continue to fill up the District 4 race.
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Kim Janey poised to make history as Boston's first Black mayor
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Kim Janey poised to make history as Boston's first Black mayor
Within days, District 7 City Councilor and Council President Kim Janey will almost certainly make the move from the offices of the City Council to the other side of City Hall’s 5th floor, where she will make history as the first Black and first woman to serve as mayor of Boston.
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NAACP president questions Council's legal memo
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NAACP president questions Council's legal memo
Dozens of individuals and representatives of civil rights, voter rights and other advocacy groups testified Tuesday in support of a home rule petition to skip a special election to fill the mayor’s seat soon to be vacated by Martin Walsh.
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Councilors vote in favor of police reforms
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Councilors vote in favor of police reforms
The Boston City Council has voted to move two police reforms to the mayor’s desk and one to the State House, results of work done in response to Boston’s racial reckoning this year.
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City councilors push for power in budgeting
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City councilors push for power in budgeting
The City Council moved a step forward in an effort to establish a more equitable budget process that allows citizens to participate. District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards introduced an amendment in July to give the council power to reject the mayor’s amendments to the yearly budget, and introduce their own, before a hard deadline. It will also give a percentage to citizens to vote on.
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Growing interest in District 6 seat
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Growing interest in District 6 seat
Will the longstanding dominance of Irish-American West Roxbury residents finally come to an end? Kendra Hicks is counting on it. She has raised $36,277 since announcing her run in September and is one of four Jamaica Plain residents who are either committed to or considering a run for the seat, which O’Malley plans to vacate at the end of 2021.
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Council wrestles with Civilian Review proposals
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Council wrestles with Civilian Review proposals
City Councilors and the mayor’s police reform task force met to discuss their versions of a civilian review board, with the power to investigate the Boston Police Department and publish data on their findings.
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