Marty Walsh

By - 2/23/17 - 10:03 pm
Trans rights rally in Post Office Square in Boston

Trans rights march in Post Office Square, where DoE has offices. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Both Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Tommy Change reaffirmed their commitment to protecting transgender students, the day after the Trump administration told schools they no longer had to do so - and never mind he once promised to protect them.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.

By - 2/18/17 - 11:08 am

NBC Boston reports Mayor Walsh claims the city writes itself tickets when confronted with unshoveled sidewalks along parks and other city parcels, but that still isn't getting the snow shoveled.

By - 2/1/17 - 8:09 pm

WBUR reports the proposed budget has no program cuts, unlike last year's initial numbers.

By - 1/29/17 - 5:59 pm
No fear of Muslims

Like the Common last week, Copley Square this afternoon was a sea of people, protesting President Trump's attempt to shut the US to refugees and people with visas and green cards from seven mainly Muslim countries.

"We stand with Muslims in Boston," and against "the betrayal of American values," Mayor Marty Walsh told the rally, organized by the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Read more.

By - 1/26/17 - 8:37 pm

His vow to open City Hall as a shelter to Trump-fleeing immigrants got the headlines, but Mayor Walsh says a crackdown would have dire financial effects on Boston aside from blocked federal aid.

The Boston Business Journal reports on a talk he gave today on the impact on everything from tourism (kiss foreign tourists goodbye) to the region's colleges, hospitals and biotech companies (all the foreign students and researchers).

By - 1/26/17 - 4:36 pm

Behold the following Twitter exchange between our resident professional crank and our resident mayor:

H/t VinnieTesla.

By - 1/25/17 - 4:13 pm

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone today vowed to continue protecting immigrant families - including enforcing local edicts barring police from turning people into ICE for minor infractions - even at the risk of losing millions in federal aid.

Walsh vowed to use Boston City Hall itself as a sanctuary for immigrants threatened by the federal government if necessary. Read more.

By - 1/21/17 - 3:36 pm
Protesters on Boston Common, including a doll

From Beacon Street to Boylston Street, from Charles Street to well past the Frog Pond, tens of thousands of people filled Boston Common today for a protest against the new administration. From Mayor Marty Walsh and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to women, men and children in the crowd, people vowed to fight for health care for all, for immigrants, for LGBT rights - and for science. Read more.

By - 1/18/17 - 3:34 am

Tuesday evening, the same as Mayor Walsh's third State of the City address, a twitter hashtag was launched by Bostonians who described an event or events in Boston governance that caused them to lose faith in Mayor Walsh as their champion to run city government.

#MartyLostMeWhen started at about 5 in the afternoon and went until about 1 in the morning. Read more.

By - 1/17/17 - 10:37 pm

In his state of the city address tonight, Mayor Walsh proposed projects - some of which will require approval from the state legislature - to improve Boston Public Schools. Read more.

By - 12/6/16 - 3:17 pm

City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Mayor Walsh are proposing a measure that could save the average Boston homeowner $300 a year in property taxes, which the city says it can pay for thanks to the local construction and real-estate boom. Read more.

By - 11/21/16 - 11:46 pm

Boston Magazine reports Mayor Walsh isn't a fan of how the cast of Hamilton addressed the vice president to be.

By - 11/20/16 - 11:09 am

WBUR reports on Mayor Walsh's racism forum yesterday - which had actually been in the works for a couple of years.

The city of Boston has a lot of work to do to truly address its racial divisions - that's a clear sentiment that emerged from many people taking part in the opening session of a city-wide dialogue on race organized by Mayor Marty Walsh.

You can watch a video of the forum.

By - 11/16/16 - 9:41 am

In an essay this week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to continue protecting the city's immigrant residents:

We will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights. Boston is a city of inclusion, a city of compassion, a welcoming, diverse, global city. We’ll stay that way.

Read more.

By - 11/12/16 - 12:19 pm

Marty Walsh takes a look at stuff happening elsewhere and vows not in his city, the Herald reports.

"That can't happen, we are not going to accept it,” Walsh Told the Herald. “If there is bullying in schools, we are going to take the appropriate actions. If there's attacks in the streets, we are going to arrest people and prosecute them."

By - 10/27/16 - 3:21 pm
By - 10/3/16 - 12:34 pm

Boston, an insurance company and a software maker today announced Boston's Safest Driver Competition - a phone app that you run while driving that lets you rack up points in a competition to win prizes by driving safely. Read more.

By - 9/26/16 - 10:30 am

UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).

In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.

By - 9/14/16 - 8:18 am

Even as we still try to tame our human drivers, Boston will begin planning for cars that drive themselves - in a year-long effort that will include figuring out how to test "autonomous" cars on our centuries-old roads. Read more.

By - 8/24/16 - 1:17 pm

The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.