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Walsh awards $100K in grants to support immigrant community

Mayor Marty Walsh has awarded $100,000 total to 10 immigrant organizations as an investment into those members of the city’s community. Walsh announced the grants, which disperse the $100,000 among multiple immigrant-led and immigrant-serving groups, through the Mayor's Office for...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:34pm

Mayor Walsh signs ordinance to increase access to voting in Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh signed on Monday an ordinance to increase access to voting in Boston. Walsh joined City Councilor Josh Zakim and other officials to sign the legislation, which aims to make it easier for residents to register to vote when interacting with any city departments, from the Boston...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 2:57pm

Celebrating Earth Day 2018 in Boston

Here in Boston, we pride ourselves on our open spaces, parks, and beautiful waterfronts. From places to sit in the sun, to the views of Boston Harbor, to the grassy areas for communities to gather, our environment provides us with the spaces that increase our quality of life. As we celebrate Earth...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:03am

Walsh: Self-driving vehicle tests on hold after Arizona fatality

Boston has put its self-driving car testing program on hold after an autonomous Uber vehicle struck and killed a woman walking in Tempe, Arizona. "We put the program on hold for a couple of days here to see what's going on," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters on Tuesday morning...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:09pm

Walsh announces next One Boston Day as 2018 marathon banners unveiled

Start thinking of some acts of kindness, Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh has officially announced the next One Boston Day for April 15. On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombings scarred the city. But now, Boston residents have responded to the anniversary of the tragedy with a day of kindness and...

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 1:50pm

Boston awarded $150K grant to help feed BPS students healthy meals

Boston has received a $150,000 grant to support BOSFoodLove, a program that provides Boston Public Schools students with healthy meals. Mayor Marty Walsh accepted the 2018 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant Thursday while at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington. The money was...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:00am

Walsh exploring legal action against pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

Mayor Marty Walsh is considering suing pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. Drug companies “irresponsibly saturated the market with opiates, knowingly putting consumers at risk for addiction,” Walsh’s office said in a statement. In Boston alone, there...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:15am

Walsh proposes regulations for short-term rentals like Airbnb

Mayor Marty Walsh wants to rein in short-term rentals like Airbnb in an attempt to ease the strain on Boston’s housing market. Walsh filed an ordinance on Monday with guidelines to help prevent the “monopolizing [of] Boston's housing market with short-term rentals,” according...

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 1:10pm

Walsh signs plastic bag ban into law

It’s official: plastic bags will soon be banned in Boston. Mayor Marty Walsh has signed an ordinance that bans single-use plastic bags in retail stores throughout the city. The ban, which previously passed unanimously in Boston City Council, also adds a 5-cent fee for paper and thicker...

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 12:23pm

50 US cities pen letter to FCC demanding net neutrality, democracy

Leaders from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and the District of Columbia today submitted a signed letter with 45 other mayors urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to uphold the rules supporting net neutrality. Net neutrality would keep the internet as a public utility...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 2:00am

Boston launches Office of Returning Citizens to help previously-incarcerated residents start anew

How does someone start to rebuild their life after they’ve been incarcerated? Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping his newly-formed office will help those ready to reenter society. Walsh announced the creation of the Office of Returning Citizens this week, a resource to help support those returning...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:52am

Walsh received poor grades in NAACP report on administration's efforts to help communities of color

According to the NAACP, Mayor Marty Walsh is far from an A student when it comes to his administration’s efforts to help communities of color. The NAACP Boston Branch recently released a report card evaluating the Walsh administration, looking at both the efforts and measurable results made...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:35am

Walsh launches efforts to end youth homelessness in Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh is tackling the issue of youth homelessness in Boston. Walsh will create an action plan to end youth homelessness, his office announced Tuesday, and as part of that effort, Boston is seeking a consultant to gather data on homeless youth, understand the current system, identify...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:44am

Precautions, including cameras installed on Boston Common, taken ahead of Free Speech rally

Boston officials are taking extra precautions ahead of Saturday’s “Free Speech Rally” and subsequent counter marches on Boston Common, including installing cameras around the Parkman Bandstand and closing Tremont Street. But the overall message asked ahead of the controversial...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:30am

Walsh officially kicks off re-election campaign

Mayor Marty Walsh officially kicked of his re-election campaign this past weekend with a video called “One Boston for All” and an event in Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood in which he grew up. Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, a challenger to Walsh, had already announced his run...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 1:33pm

Walsh launches PSA campaign to encourage bystanders to address Islamophobia

What should you do if you witness Islamophobia in public? Posters around Boston will soon give tips to help people in that exact situation. Mayor Marty Walsh announced this week a citywide public service announcement to help raise awareness about how bystanders can de-escalate harassment and...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

Walsh will challenge Senate healthcare bill

After the Senate’s healthcare bill was finally revealed last week, disability rights activists, representatives and others have spoken out against the action that would cut Medicaid and impose lifetime caps on “nonessential services.” Included under nonessential services...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:16pm

Boston's US-China climate summit likely off the table, Walsh said

Plans for the city to host the third annual U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit this summer are likely off the table, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday. At a press conference he called to respond to reports that President Donald Trump would pull the U.S. out of The Paris Agreement, Walsh said...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:54am

Latest draft of Imagine Boston 2030 puts emphasis on affordable housing

By 2030, Boston will need at least 53,000 more housing units than it currently has in order to keep up with its growing population, city officials project. By 2050, another 42,000 on top of that. Where will these homes fit into Boston proper’s 49 square miles? That’s one of the...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:54am

Controversial Massachusetts sheriff wants sanctuary city leaders arrested

Updated March 29, 2017: One sanctuary city mayor took to Facebook to respond to Bristol CountySheriff Thomas Hodgson's calls to arrest leaders of communities that provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants.Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone called the sheriff's comments "ridiculous" and challenged...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:16am