Menino: Legacy is about the people, not buildings
BOSTON (WHDH) -- It’s the end of an era.
Boston’s longest-serving mayor, Thomas M. Menino, will not seek a sixth term, ending his 20-year reign.
An emotional Menino arrived at Boston City Hall Thursday morning. He reflected on his decision not to run in the next election.
“It’s a difficult day for me because I love this job. I’ve been here for 20 years. I think we’ve made a big difference, my administration and I. Now it’s time to say to the people of Boston I will not be on the ballot this year and we’ll go on from there,” said Menino.
Menino said he feels good about where he led the city, especially the neighborhoods.
“You go from Roxbury to East Boston, to Brighton to Hyde Park, it’s all...a much changed city, a much more tolerant city than ever before,” said Menino.
During Menino’s two decades in office he presided over a building boom, but he said that is not his legacy.
“Some of the folks in our city who never had opportunities and that’s what I hope my legacy is all about. Some of those people out there that who I see every day, and it’s those kids in schools that we gave opportunities for a great education -- that’s what legacy is all about. It’s not buildings. It’s not roadways. It’s none of those,” said Menino.
Despite being the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history and among the most powerful, Menino says he hasn’t forgotten his roots.
“I’m only a kid from Hyde Park originally. I’m still very humbled by that. I just did my job, nothing fancy. I was never fancy Tom Menino. I couldn’t be fancy if I tried. I just did my job,” said Menino.