At 5:52 p.m., Sean Philip Cotter reported Walsh got the 51st vote he needed in the Senate to become the next Secretary of Labor. Among those voting for him: Mitt Romney, who was governor here when Walsh was a state rep.
At his last press conference as mayor, held at Faneuil Hall, Walsh said, "Being elected mayor of Boston was a dream for me. Quite honestly, being elected a state rep was a dream for me." He added: "Boston, Massachusetts is the greatest city in the world, with the greatest people living in our city."
Walsh will file his resignation letter at 9 tonight, which means that City Council President Kim Janey will make history at 9:01 p.m. as Boston's first Black and woman mayor. WBUR examines what that means.
Walsh said he will not get involved at all in the race to replace him permanently this fall. Janey has yet to say if she will run for a full four-year term this fall.
Walsh said he's most proud that Boston is first in the nation in creating affordable housing, in reducing crime, in improving BPS, in moving to reduce racial inequity. He also pointed to new libraries, fire houses, bike lanes and other infrastructure, even while keeping city finances at a triple-A bond rating.
"We still have work to do," he acknowledged. Covid-19 was, of course, awful, but it also brought out the best in the city. "When faced with a crisis of historic proportions, we stepped up," he said.
Walsh's final statement as mayor: