State Rep. Marty Walsh says that as mayor, he'd make sure Bostonians have a place to go on New Year's Eve that doesn't involve getting packed into a bar:
Boston invented First Night. We are famous for it. Other people copied it. It would be a tragedy if it ceased to exist.
WBZ reports Mayor Menino says he will work with local businesses to ensure we have a First Night this year "no matter what." First Night organizers said last night they are going out of business at the end of this month.
In a statement, Walsh said he would create a cabinet-level position for arts, tourism and special events to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again.