The City Council yesterday approved a proposed ballot question for this November to give themselves more of a say in determining the budgets of city departments. Currently, the council can vote yay or nay on overall budgets proposed by the mayor, but can't suggest specific line-item changes. The measure, if approved by both Acting Mayor Kim Janey and the state Attorney General's office, would ask voters to give the council more granular control over budgets.
The Ward 4 (South End) Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Michelle Wu for mayor - the first ward committee to pick somebody. Former State Rep. Marie St. Fleur endorsed Andrea Campbell
There's a forum for mayoral candidates at 6 p.m. today on jobs and workers. Free registration required.
There's another forum, sponsored by Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, at 10 am. on May 26, in which inmates at the House of Corrections will pose the questions.
And there's another forum for mayoral candidates, on environmental issues, at 6:30 p.m. on June 1. Free registration for that one, as well.
Michael Flaherty reported yesterday he's been certified for a position on the September preliminary ballot for one of the four at-large seats. Hardly surprising for the longest serving current councilor, but now people can put out Flaherty lawn signs with the assurance he will be on the ballot Sept. 14.