Boston Mayor 2013

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:39 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

BPR: Ask The Mayor Marty Walsh, Banks As Cafes, Emily Rooney, The Harvard Lampoon Friday News Quiz

Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jim and Margery on Friday for the first of many monthly segments on Boston Public Radio.
Credit Patricia Alvarado / WGBH News

Boston Public Radio podcast for 1/31/14.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh kicked off the first-ever "Ask the Mayor" hour on Boston Public Radio with Jim and Margery. Emails, calls and tweets were put to the new Mayor, who declared at the outset he'd been in office a mere 26 days. Walsh will appear once a month on Boston Public Radio to address questions from listeners.

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Local News
5:49 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Web Extra: Exit Interview With Tom Menino

Emily Rooney sat down with former Boston Mayor Tom Menino for an exit interview before he left office. Here's a Web extra: 

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

BPR Looks At The Beginning Of Mayor Walsh's Term

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at his primary election night party in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.
Credit Elise Amendola / AP

BPR podcast for 1/6/14.

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan took to the air moments after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's inauguration at Boston College. January 6, 2014 marks the start of a new, post-Menino era in Boston.

Jim and Margery talked to Ed Glaeser from Harvard's Rappaport Institute. Glaeser told Jim and Margery how Dudley Square can become a hub for innovation and new business. He also talked about what Mayor Walsh can with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Marty Walsh Sworn In As Boston's 54th Mayor

Mayor-elect of Boston Marty Walsh, right, takes the oath of office in Conte Forum at Boston College in Boston, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
Credit Michael Dwyer / AP Photo

Marty Walsh was sworn in as mayor of Boston on Monday, beginning a new political era in the city as he succeeds Tom Menino the longest-serving mayor in Boston history.   

Walsh took the oath of office in front of thousands in the basketball arena of his alma mater Boston College. His mother held the Bible: 

“I know my mother is not the only one surprised that I am up here,” he said during his speech.   

Walsh is Boston’s first new mayor in two decades. In his inaugural address, he outlined his priorities.   

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Marty Walsh's Full Inaugural Speech

Read the remarks mayor-elect Marty Walsh plans to give at his inauguration at Boston College Monday:

Good Morning.

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Local News
9:43 am
Mon January 6, 2014

5 Boston Mayors, 7 Locations, 15 Inaugurations

Marty Walsh looked over his speech before he took the stage at his inauguration on Jan. 6, 2014.
Credit Phoebe Ramier / WGBH

On the morning of January 6, Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as Boston's first new mayor in more than two decades. 

Unlike his predecessors, Walsh did not take the oath of office in the heart of the city. Instead, he chose Boston College's Conte Forum as the site of his inauguration- seven miles from City Hall on a college campus that mostly lies outside the city limits.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

New Year, New Mayor, New Boston? Under The Radar Previews 2014

Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh

On the eve of Marty Walsh's mayoral inauguration, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley took a broad look at the future of Boston. Will a new Boston emerge in this New Year with new leadership at City Hall? Are there factors that are critical to the success of a fresh start and new direction?

Guests:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

BPR: Talking With Boston Mayor-Elect Mayor Walsh

Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh

BPR podcast for 12/12/13.

Marty Walsh — current Massachusetts state representative and Mayor-elect of Boston — joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to announce a regular segment on BPR called "Ask the Mayor." Mayor-elect Walsh will join Jim and Margery in Studio Three to take listener calls every month.

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UNDER THE RADAR
7:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Under The Radar 12.8.13

This week under the radar- a new leader for a Boston neighborhood restaurant and jobs training program, the Andover high schooler praised for supporting a drunk friend lied, and a different kind of tribute for Mayor Menino.

GUESTS: 

  • Sue O’Connell: co-publisher of Bay Windows and the South End News
  • Gin Dumcius: news editor at the Dorchester Reporter
  • Chris Farone: news and features editor for Dig Boston and a columnist for the Jamaica Plain Gazette
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Drone Delivery — Autonomous Winged Robots Bringing Web Orders To Your Doorstep?

Civilian drones have become increasingly enticing for hobbyists and businesses. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos hopes to use drones for home delivery.
Credit Koen Hufkens / Flickr

Boston Public Radio podcast for 12/2/13.

Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company's intention to deliver goods to customers' doorsteps in 30 minutes or less — by drone. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked listeners whether this is the wave of the future, or just a Jeff Bezos pipe dream.

Are you ready for civilian drones dotting the sky? Does the thought evoke bad memories of Hitchcock's "The Birds?" Should USPS and Pizza Hut follow suit?

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Local News
4:37 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Mayor Menino Headed To BU

Boston University president Robert Brown and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at a press conference on Wednesday.
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH

Today the president of Boston University made the official announcement that he's hired outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino to lead a new think tank on campus.
 
Soon-to-be professor Menino- will help launch BU’s new Initiative on Cities, which he said will be a place for urban leaders to share ideas.

“I hope very much to mentor new mayors in cities around the globe,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday.
 
Long known for his pragmatism and mumbled speech, Menino joked that he’d keep his “style” in the halls of academia.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:28 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Cranberries, Turkey, Dressing, And Feverish Deals On The Season's Hottest Items

Shoppers queue for a Black Friday sale at AT&T. This year, some retailers will open their doors on Thanksgiving.
Credit Mahat Tattva Dasa / Flickr

The Boston Public Radio podcast for 11/13/13.

Black Friday is a high holiday for US retailers and their bargain-hungry acolytes-turned-shoppers. At a minute past midnight, doors give way to waves of wired, feisty customers. Retailers have schemed up ways to get more customers in the doors. This year, the strategy is to just open them sooner. Many businesses — Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Macy's — will open Thanksgiving night.

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Politics & Government
4:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

5 Takeaways From Mayor-Elect Walsh’s Transition Team Presser

Marty Walsh stands with his transition team during a press conference on Friday.
Credit Adam Reilly / WGBH News

On Friday, I stopped by Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh’s press conference downtown, where he announced the "core" of his transition team, outlined his plans for the next few weeks, and took questions on assorted topics.

Read about the five things that stood out (at least to me) about Walsh’s performance on WGBH News' new politics blog: The Scrum.  

View his transition team presser in full below. 

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Politics & Government
4:31 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Big Papi Garners Most Boston Mayoral Write-In Votes

Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz
Credit AP Photo

While there is no official tally of the write-in votes in Tuesday's Boston mayoral election, it appears that the man below received more votes than anyone else, according to the Boston Election Department.

It's an impressive showing for someone who was not actually running for the seat.

However, even if David Ortiz had received every one of the 560 write-in votes, he still would have fallen 71,954 votes short of mayor-elect Marty Walsh.

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THE SCRUM
3:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Scrum Asks: Will Marty Walsh Be Mayor For 20 Years?

Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis and David Bernstein talk about whether mayor-elect Marty Walsh could stack up to Mayor Tom Menino in terms of mayoral longevity.

Politics & Government
8:13 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Boston Mayor-Elect Walsh Supports East Boston 'No' Vote On Casino

Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh

The day after winning the Boston mayoral race, mayor-elect Marty Walsh outlined his priorities at a press conference outside the State House.

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Local News
5:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Back To Work For John Connolly

The day after Election Day, both Boston Mayoral candidates went back to work. Marty Walsh to the Statehouse, John Connolly to City Hall.
 
City councilor John Connolly looked tired the day after losing the election. With a new baby at home, Connolly admitted he isn’t sad to be off the campaign trail.
 
“I played with my kids this morning all morning for the first time in a long time,” he said.
 
Connolly announced his candidacy in February and attended many events almost every day since.
 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:52 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

72,514 to 67,606: Marty Walsh Is Boston's Next Mayor

Boston Public Radio's show for 11/6/13.

WGBH's David Bernstein and Peter Kadzis recapped last night's wild election, from the Boston mayoral race to casino referendums and city council contests. Marty Walsh begins his stint at the helm of the city on January 6, 2014. It will mark the end to 20 years of leadership under Mayor Tom Menino.

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan broke down some of the numbers from Tuesday's election, including the fact that 63 percent of registered Boston voters stayed home from the polls.

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Politics & Government
2:03 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Boston Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh Talks Victory, Transition

Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh talked to Emily Rooney about his victory Tuesday, his transition from the State House to City Hall, and the congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama.

Local News
11:36 am
Wed November 6, 2013

3 Things That Contributed To John Connolly's Loss In The Boston Mayoral Election

John Connolly lost in the Boston mayoral election by a narrow margin to Marty Walsh.
Credit Abbie Ruzicka / WGBH News

In the run-up to Tuesday’s Boston mayoral election, many observers thought Marty Walsh would cruise to an  easy victory. Instead, the outcome was tantalizingly close – leaving John Connolly and his supporters pondering whether things could have ended differently. 

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Politics & Government
8:51 am
Wed November 6, 2013

In Boston Mayoral Loss, Connolly Campaign Represented 'Entire City Of Boston'

City Councilor John Connolly makes his concession speech.
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH News

It was a campaign that started even before Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not run for re-election. Three-term city councilor John Connolly had been poised with his vision to transform the Boston Public Schools. He campaigned on that platform beginning in February, but lost last night to Marty Walsh.

It was a campaign that brought together a huge swath of the city, from moms to ministers to …

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Politics & Government
8:24 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Boston Mayoral Victory Sparks Jubilation At Marty Walsh HQ

Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, right, his girlfriend Lorrie Higgins, center, and Higgins daughter Lauren, left, look toward the audience as confetti falls on the stage on after Walsh addressed the crowd at a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Boston. Walsh defeated Boston City Councilor John Connolly in the mayoral race.
Credit (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

At 8 p.m., just as the polls close, crowds started to trickle into the ballroom at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, union banners hanging from the balconies.

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Local News
11:21 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Round-Up: Boston City Council, Casinos

Question 1-Allow Suffolk Downs Casino In East Boston

15 of 15 precincts - 100 percent

Yes, 3,353 - 44 percent

No, 4,281 - 56 percent

Question 1-Allow Suffolk Downs Casino in Revere:

21 of 21 precincts - 100 percent

Yes, 6,566 - 61 percent

No, 4,232 - 39 percent

Boston City Council At-Large: Ayanna Pressley: 18.30%, Michelle Wu: 17.98%, Michael Flaherty: 16.59%

District 1 (including Charlestown, East Boston, North End): Sal LaMattina

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Local News
9:48 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Marty Walsh Wins Boston Mayoral Election

Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh addresses an audience during a watch party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Boston. Walsh defeated Boston City Councilor John Connolly in the mayoral race. Thomas Menino, the city's longest serving mayor, announced earlier this year he would not seek another term after more than two decades in office.
Credit Steve Senne / AP

For the first time in two decades, Boston has a new mayor.

Boston City Councilor John R. Connolly conceded the Boston mayoral election to State Representative Martin J. Walsh around 9:30PM Tuesday night. 

Walsh won the Boston mayoral race by a margin of approximately 3,300 votes, collecting 51 percent of the vote with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, according to the Boston Elections Department.

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BOSTON MAYOR 2013
7:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Boston Election Night Updates

WGBH News will have continuing coverage of the Boston mayoral election throughout the night.  Find updates from producers and reporters out in the field below. Follow live Tweets here.

11:15PM: That's all for our live coverage tonight, folks. We'll have fresh stories for you beginning bright and early on Morning Edition tomorrow.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:44 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tales From The Boston Mayoral Campaign Trail

John Connolly at a Boston school.
Credit WGBH News

At the outset of the mayoral campaign, WGBH News assigned two radio reporters to follow each of the candidates out on the stump.

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BOSTON MAYOR 2013
5:41 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

How Boston Plans To Avoid Another Election Night Website Nightmare

The Boston Election Department website crashed during the September preliminary election.
Credit Edgar B. Herwick III / WGBH News

You could make a case that the most dramatic moment of the night of Boston's preliminary mayoral election a few weeks back didn't take place at a polling station or a candidate's campaign headquarters. It happened online, when the City of Boston's election department website crashed — twice.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Mayor Menino Looks Back (And Forward) On Legacy

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino cast his ballot at the Roosevelt School in Hyde Park Tuesday morning. For the first time in two decades, his name did not appear on the ballot.
Credit James Edwards / WGBH News

Election Day on Boston City Hall’s fifth floor was -- not surprisingly -- quiet. After 30 years, it’s the first time Mayor Thomas Menino’s name is not on the ballot for a city election.

And it’s a change of lifestyle that Menino said he has accepted.  

"It’s done. I made that decision in March, and it’s done. I have to live with my decision. I’m at peace of mind with myself," he said Tuesday morning at his polling place: the Roosevelt School in Hyde Park. 

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THE SCRUM
4:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Scrum: More Than Just The Boston Mayoral Race

On election day, Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis talk about some of the other races taking place while Boston chooses a new mayor.

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