Thomas Menino

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Thomas Menino
2008 Menino mayor Boston Massachusetts.jpg
53rd Mayor of Boston
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 12, 1993
Preceded byRaymond Flynn
President of the Boston City Council
In office
1993
Preceded byDapper O'Neil
Succeeded byJames M. Kelly
Boston City Councilor
for District 5
In office
1984–1993
Preceded byDistrict Created
Succeeded byDaniel F. Conley
Personal details
BornThomas Michael Menino
(1942-12-27) December 27, 1942 (age 70)
Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Angela Faletra
ChildrenSusan
Thomas Jr.
Alma materChamberlayne Junior College
UMass Boston
 
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Thomas Menino
2008 Menino mayor Boston Massachusetts.jpg
53rd Mayor of Boston
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 12, 1993
Preceded byRaymond Flynn
President of the Boston City Council
In office
1993
Preceded byDapper O'Neil
Succeeded byJames M. Kelly
Boston City Councilor
for District 5
In office
1984–1993
Preceded byDistrict Created
Succeeded byDaniel F. Conley
Personal details
BornThomas Michael Menino
(1942-12-27) December 27, 1942 (age 70)
Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Angela Faletra
ChildrenSusan
Thomas Jr.
Alma materChamberlayne Junior College
UMass Boston

Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the current mayor of Boston, Massachusetts. He is the city's first Italian-American mayor as well as the city's longest-serving mayor.

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Early life

Menino was born in Readville, a part of Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. He is the son of Susan and Carl Menino.[1] Menino received an associate degree in business management in 1963 at Chamberlayne Junior College, and went on to the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Planning in 1988. He currently resides in Hyde Park with his wife, Angela Faletra, with whom he has two children: Susan and Thomas, Jr.

Boston city council

Menino served nine years on Boston's city council when Ray Flynn left the mayor's seat to become United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Menino, the council president at the time, became acting mayor for four months. He was elected to his first term in November 1993, defeating State Representative James Brett 64% to 36%. He became the city's first non-Irish-American mayor since 1930. After running unopposed for a second term in 1997, Menino defeated Boston City Councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen in 2001 for a third term with 76% of the vote[2] and in 2005 garnered 67% of the vote in beating Maura Hennigan, another councilor.[3] On July 13, 2009, Menino became the longest-serving mayor in Boston history. On November 3, 2009 Menino garnered 57% of the vote, defeating Boston City Councilor Michael F. Flaherty and securing an unprecedented fifth term.

Health

Menino has been hospitalized several times since taking office. He has been admitted for abdominal pain and intestinal inflammation, and was treated for kidney stones in 1995 and 1997. In 2003, Menino underwent surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital to remove a rare sarcoma (DFSP) on his back. The tumor had not spread, and the mayor was able to return to work in a matter of days. In 2004, the mayor's doctors confirmed he has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, helping to explain his recurring intestinal problems. The condition requires life-long treatment with anti-inflammatory medication and careful monitoring of his diet.[4]

Mayoralty

According to Menino’s official biography, “Among his main priorities, are: providing every child with a quality education; creating affordable housing; lowering the crime rate; revitalizing Boston's neighborhoods; and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all city residents.”

Construction

In 2006, Menino proposed two major construction projects that would have a significant impact on the city. Trans National Place is a proposed 1,000-foot (300 m) tower to be built on the site of a city-owned parking garage in Boston's Financial District. The second proposal calls for the city to sell Boston's City Hall, a 1960s example of Brutalism architecture. Menino would then have the city use the proceeds from the sale to fund construction of a new seat of government on the South Boston waterfront, on the site of the current Bank of America Pavilion (Drydock 4). As of early 2011, neither project had moved forward.

In March 2011, Menino proposed renovating the abandoned Ferdinand's Furniture building in the Roxbury neighborhood and relocating 400 Boston Public School employees from the School Department's headquarters at 26 Court Street, a block from Boston's City Hall. The "Ferdinand" building is a circa-1895, Baroque Revival structure located in the Dudley Square area of Roxbury. The renovation is estimated to cost $100–115 million, an amount raised by issuing municipal bonds that would be paid back by selling or leasing five of the city's municipal buildings.[5]

National involvement

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

On April 25, 2006, Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a summit at Gracie Mansion in New York City, during which the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition was formed. The coalition, of which Menino remains co-chair, stated its goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The initial group consisted of 15 mayors; the 15 drafted and signed a statement of principles[6] and set a goal to expand their membership to 50 mayors by the end of 2006. That goal was met six months ahead of schedule, and led to its current membership of 210 mayors, with members from both major political parties and 40 states.[7]

US Conference of Mayors

Menino was president of the United States Conference of Mayors from 2002 to 2003.

DNC 2004

Menino is famous for bringing the Democratic National Convention to Boston in 2004. Though controversial in the beginning for fundraising difficulties, security concerns, protests by unions, and inconvenience to residents, Menino estimates the convention generated $150 million in business for the city; meanwhile, other estimates suggest the convention generated $14.8 million for the city.[8]

"Beantown" to "Greentown"

In 2008, the City of Boston was ranked as the third greenest city in the US by Popular Science Magazine.[9] In the last decade, there have been new initiatives around planting more trees in the city, single-stream recycling, increasing the solar power capacity of the city, investing in alternative energy, and biking. One of the most innovative ideas has been green building zoning, which requires large-scale private construction to be “green” by LEED standards. Boston is the first city to revise its building code to ensure green construction.[10] The documentary The Greening of Southie by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis tells the story of the first green residential building in Boston.[11]

The city has partnered with other government agencies and local businesses to accomplish its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012, and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Cities Are Neighborhoods

Menino is also known for focusing on neighborhood development in Boston, organizing services by neighborhood and appointing neighborhood coordinators who serve as ambassadors from the city in their areas, believing that development should happen in every neighborhood. In 2001, Governing magazine named Mayor Menino Public "Official of the Year" for effective neighborhood development in Boston. This model has spread to other cities as a result of its effectiveness.[12]

Boston Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council, started in 1994,[13] meets with Menino twice a month to discuss youth issues in the city of Boston.

Boston soda ban

In April 2011, in an effort to battle obesity, Menino banned the sale and advertising of sugar-loaded drinks from city-owned buildings and city-sponsored events.[14]

Chick-fil-A opposition

On July 19, 2012, Mayor Menino stated that he would work to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants within Boston, especially near the Freedom Trail, citing their opposition to same-sex marriage and what he called Boston's status as "a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all." [15] Menino later stated that he knew there was little he could do as mayor to prevent them from opening restaurants, and that he was stating his personal opinion. He maintained, however, that they were not welcome in the city.[16]

Public Opinion

Menino enjoys high approval ratings among Boston residents. An April 2008 Boston Globe-UNH poll indicated that the city was “smitten” with the Mayor, with a 72% approval rating; 54% reported having personally met the Mayor.[17] While he is not without his critics, Menino's perennial popularity has garnered him the tongue-in-cheek epithet "Mayor for Life."[18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Controversies

Quotes

See also

References

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  2. ^ http://www.cityofboston.gov/elections/search/
  3. ^ http://www.cityofboston.gov/elections/currentelections/
  4. ^ Slack, Donovan (August 20, 2004). "Menino battles Crohn's disease". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/08/20/menino_confirms_crohn146s_diagnosis/.
  5. ^ Levenson, Michael (March 4, 2011). "Mayor plans partnership to revive Dudley Sq". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/03/04/mayor_plans_partnership_to_revive_dudley_sq/.
  6. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Principles". http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/principles.shtml. Retrieved on June 18, 2007
  7. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members". http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/members.shtml. Retrieved on June 18, 2007
  8. ^ The Economic Impact of the Democratic National Convention on the Boston Economy: The Final Tally, The Beacon Hill Institute.
  9. ^ http://www.popsci.com/environment/article/2008-02/americas-50-greenest-cities?page=1
  10. ^ Zezima, Katie (December 20, 2006). "Boston Plans to Go ‘Green' on Large Building Projects". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/20/us/20boston.html.
  11. ^ http://www.greeningofsouthie.com/
  12. ^ http://www.usmayors.org/usmayornewspaper/documents/11_12_01/Menino.asp
  13. ^ http://www.bostonyouthzone.com/myc/about.asp
  14. ^ http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/uploads/5742_40_7_25.pdf
  15. ^ http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061147182&position=0
  16. ^ http://www.kjonline.com/news/Boston-mayor-clarifies-position-on-Chick-fil-A-.html
  17. ^ http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/04/20/city_worried_about_crime_but_smitten_with_menino/ Smitten with Menino
  18. ^ Boston Globe: Menino's A-game (November 30, 2007)
  19. ^ Is "Mr. Smooth" Menino Mayor for Life?
  20. ^ Boston Globe: Menino and the accountability gap (November 1, 2007)
  21. ^ Boston Phoenix: Don't underestimate Mr. Pothole (January 16 - 23, 2003)
  22. ^ Dorchester Reporter: Potentials give '09 citywide run a look (July 31, 2008)
  23. ^ Bay Windows: Catching up with Jarrett Barrios (Wednesday Aug 20, 2008)
  24. ^ Boston Magazine: 61 New Best Things about Boston
  25. ^ Brian C. Mooney and Stephanie Ebbert (2001-07-20). "Mayor's role in blocking pharmacy eyed". Boston Globe. http://www.roslindale.net/news/07.20.01Mayorblockspharm.html.
  26. ^ Lisa Wangsness (2005-10-27). "Menino says this may not be his final campaign". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/10/27/menino_says_this_may_not_be_his_final_campaign/.
  27. ^ Seth Gitell (2000-03-23). "Talking Politics". Boston Phoenix. http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/features/00/03/23/TALKING_POLITICS.html.
  28. ^ "Friends of Mary Cummings Park delivers complaint to the Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley seeking an investigation of misallocation of care and maintenance trust funds, breach of charitable trust". 2008-07-23. http://cummingspark.org/20080723agcomplaint.
  29. ^ Scott Van Voorhis (1999-12-27). "Route 128 properties coveted by developers". http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/1999/12/27/story1.html.
  30. ^ Stephanie Ebbert, Michael Levenson, and Donovan Slack (2009-09-13). "A well-tuned political machine, powered by zeal". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/09/13/menino_runs_a_well_tuned_political_machine_powered_by_zeal/?page=full.
  31. ^ . http://digboston.com/think/2011/05/one-on-one-with-michael-flaherty/.
  32. ^ http://www.necn.com/10/11/11/Mayor-Menino-on-Occupy-Boston-arrests/landing_newengland.html?blockID=575486&feedID=8505
  33. ^ Andrew Ryan (2011-10-11). "Boston mayor says protesters can't tie up the city". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2011/10/boston-mayor-says-sympathizes-with-protesters-but-they-can-tie-the-city/GFmOU1qwApiGhBNsNSzMIL/index.html.
  34. ^ http://bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2012/07/mayor_menino_chick_fil_a_stuff_it
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  36. ^ "Howie Carr on Flipper’s 5 Mansions", N.E. Republican.
  37. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZl6fU6WgUw&feature=related
  38. ^ Hohler, Bob (October 4, 2005). "Postseason a clean slate for Red Sox". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2005/10/04/postseason_a_clean_slate_for_red_sox/.
  39. ^ http://www.mumblesmenino.us/mumbling.htm
  40. ^ http://www.massholesports.com/2011/06/video-mayor-menino-says-bruins-are.html
  41. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/thebuzz/2012/06/menino_calls_ro.html
  42. ^ http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/8853415/2013-nfl-playoffs-boston-mayor-thomas-menino-stumbles-new-england-patriots-names
  43. ^ http://www.csnne.com/football-new-england-patriots/patriots-talk/Mayor-Menino-flubs-more-Patriots-names?blockID=824185

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