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Thu November 8, 2012
Two Weeks Later, Menino Remains in Hospital
Now that the elections are over, there's more focus on the health of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, whose has been treated Brigham & Women’s Hospital for the last two weeks. Upon returning from a vacation in Italy with his wife, Menino required immediate attention for a blood clot and virus.
“He’s very much running the city and it is his competent, capable staff that are handling public safety, public works, storm-related issues,” said Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy.
Murphy hasn’t visited Menino in the hospital but has spoken to him by phone. He says the 69-year-old mayor continues to be in charge.
“When the mayor is in the city and he is conscious, he’s not in the middle of an operation over at Brigham & Women’s, he is in effect running the city. Under the city charter, if the mayor leaves and goes out of town, the city council president acts in a temporary capacity as the acting mayor," Murphy said.
The mayor was hospitalized in 2009 with a torn tendon in his knee. As he recovers from his current illness, Menino’s press office says he’s “doing fine” but will not give any timeline for his release.