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Boston Police report:
Mark Cohen, a 28 year employee of the Boston Police Department and Director of the Hackney Unit, has been placed on paid administrative leave as a result of an internal complaint.
These allegations bring into question the overall management of the Hackney Unit. Accordingly, until a full review of the Hackney Unit is completed, Cohen will remain on leave.
It's been reported by the Boston Herald, that Mayor Thomas Menino broke his leg today. He will have surgery tomorrow.
If Ayanna Pressley runs for Mayor as reports are now suggesting that she may, she will undoubtably be the next Mayor.
It's a no brainer. Number one, the race is wide open for a major female candidate to run and win. There are ten men who running. Many people do vote based on gender. For instance, in the race to replace Jack Hart in the State Senate, many pundits believe that some of Nick Collin's votes will be siphered away by fellow Southie native Maureen Dahill which will allow Linda Dorcena Fory to be able to walk into office. However, I believe with two women running against Collins, the only male in the Democratic primary, many women will split their vote, while many men will vote for Collins. I'm not saying it is right, but it is a reality that gender politics is a determining factor for how many people vote in elections.
David Bernstein reports that with Councilor Mike Ross (Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway) running for mayor, Joshua Zakim, now running Joshua Dawson's campaign to replace Marty Walz in the House of Representatives, will be running to replace Ross. Phew. And yes, Zakim is the son of the late Leonard Zakim, as in the bridge.
He'll be running in District 8 against Greg Timilty, whose own father is also well known in these parts: Former City Councilor, State Senator and mayoral candidate Joseph Timilty.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports residents who want to see the Casey Overpass replaced with another overpass instead of surface roads are considering suing to stop the work:
"No one prefers to go that route if there's a reasonable solution,” he told the Gazette this week. "But all our arrows are in our quiver."
At particular issue: The proposed new location of the exit from the Forest Hills busway near Asticou Road.
State Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester today finally officially announced his bid for mayor in the fall elections. His campaign says he already has $200,000 in the bank, with commitments for $400,000 more in donations.
His press release:
Will Steve Lynch enter the contest for Boston Mayor? According to the Boston Herald, many believe that Steve Lynch will enter the Mayoral Contest to replace Tom Menino after the April 30th U.S. Senate Election.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports Philip Frattaroli, owner of Ducali Pizzeria, could go citywide.
The Herald reports former at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty will run for an at-large seat, rather than for mayor.
Michael Jonas tweets he formally announce at the offices of SEIU 615, where he was an organizer before getting elected a city councilor.
1. I can not believe neither Pressley and Arroyo Jr have entered the contest as of yet. If either candidate enters or if they both do, I believe that both could make the finals finishing 1st and 2nd. For instance if both Pressley and Arroyo Jr entered the Mayor's race and they both made it to the Finals, (They finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the 2011 At-Large race with both beating Connolly who finished 3rd), Whoever lost would be the number 1 contender and favorite for the 7th Congressional District if Capuano runs for Governor as expected in 2014.
2. I felt that Tito Jackson missed out on a major opportunity to grab the pole position in this race by not running. If Tito ran, he could have won.
3. There will be a huge vote that comes out in the South Western side of the city with intense campaigning by Connolly, Consalvo, and Conley. These three could split up their base bigtime allowing none of them to even make the finals.
The Globe reports that Bill Walczak, co-founder of the Codman Square Health Center and former head of Carney Hospital, decided yesterday to run for mayor.
He becomes the seventh person to say he is running for the city's top elected job this fall.
Irish eyes smiling on Irish-American candidate for mayor - no, not that one, no, not him, either, the other oneBy adamg - 4/4/13 - 5:32 pm
The Galway Independent finds an area man who used to live here to exult that state Rep. Marty Walsh would make a great mayor, at least as far as Galway is concerned:
If he were elected Mayor of Boston, I think he would try to push and pursue whatever kind of collaborations and links between Galway and Boston that he could. He would be great for Galway, there's no doubt about that.
City Councilor Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says he's running for mayor. His statement:
A trio of West Roxbury officials are scheduled to endorse John Connolly for mayor today outside the West Roxbury BPL branch.
If you want to see City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain), state Rep. Ed Coppinger (West Roxbury) and School Committee member Mary Tamer (who is from West Roxbury), they'll be at the library at 12:30 p.m. to announce their support.
Connolly, who lives in West Roxbury, is currently an at-large councilor.
The Globe reports T officials are telling legislators that their proposed ciggies and gas taxes won't be enough to convince the feds to give us $500 million towards the cost of extending the Green Line to Somerville, let alone Medford, sometime in this century.
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley made it official today: He's running for mayor this fall.
His formal statement:
Roving UHub photographer Rhea Becker filed this photo from the Common, where gun lovers are holding a protest today that featured a little boy reciting the Second Amendment.
WBZ reports Suffolk County DA and former city councilor Dan Conley will announce tomorrow he's running for mayor.