Statements from officials on Mayor Menino
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston's longtime mayor, Thomas Menino, announced Thursday that he will not seek another term in office. Many local officials released statements on Menino's decision.
Statement of President Barack Obama on Menino:
"Boston is the vibrant, welcoming, and world-class city it is today because of Tom Menino. For more than two decades, Mayor Menino has served the city and every one of its residents with extraordinary leadership, vision, and compassion. His efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, schools, and businesses, better integrate police officers into their communities and reduce gun violence, reach out to the homeless and marginalized, and engage young people in the life of their city has charted Boston on a course for a better future. No two people wear their hearts on their sleeve for the City of Boston and its people as openly as Tom and Angela Menino. And as they depart City Hall next year, Boston will be a better place to live, work and raise a family because of the Meninos’ proud service to the city they love."
Statement of Gov. Deval Patrick on Menino:
“It's hard to imagine Boston without Tom Menino as mayor. No one loves this City and her people more, or is more excited about her future. Mayor Menino has become a valued partner to me on policy and politics, and a trusted and beloved friend. I thank him for his extraordinary and tireless service to the people of Boston, and look forward to leaning on his wisdom for many more years to come.”
Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley on Mayor Menino:
“Mayor Menino has led Boston’s resurgence and will leave a lasting legacy as one of the greatest mayors in the city’s rich history. For twenty years, Mayor Menino has been a champion for the people he has met in the neighborhoods every day – especially those who otherwise would have no voice. He has been a leading advocate for affordable housing, public education, LGBT rights and the fight against gun violence. I am privileged to call him a friend. I know he’s going to keep working hard for the people of Boston for the rest of his term and beyond, and he has earned some much deserved time with his family and grandchildren.”
Statement of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray on Menino:
“For the last twenty years, Mayor Tom Menino has given his heart and soul in serving the City of Boston. He has been an effective leader for the city and Commonwealth, exemplifying the blocking and tackling of government. From my time as mayor of Worcester, he has been a friend to me and has mentored so many who have had the privilege to cross his path over the years. I wish Tom, and his wife Angela, the very best in the future.”
Statement of Treasurer Steven Grossman on Mayor Menino:
“Tom Menino said yes for 20 years to economic inclusion, immigrant entrepreneurship, social and economic justice for all, common-sense solutions, the goals of the LGBT community, and racial and gender diversity in government and in our civic institutions. He said no to those who would divide us and keep us from achieving our highest aspirations. We will miss his leadership at City Hall and look forward to his and Angela's vigorous community involvement in the years ahead.”
Statement of District 7 Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson on Mayor Menino:
"Today is Tom Menino’s day. After serving the City for more than twenty years, the Mayor has earned all the love and gratitude we can give him. His staff, who helped Mayor Menino change Boston for the better, are in our hearts as well."
Statement of Senate President Therese Murray on Menino:
“Boston and Tom Menino are synonymous. His love for the city stretches to every neighborhood, and the residents of the city have always responded in kind. He has enjoyed overwhelming and undeniable support during the last 20 years, and rightfully so. In a very real sense, Tom Menino and Boston grew up together. With his guidance, vision and unbreakable loyalty, Boston has emerged as a vibrant, modern urban landscape worthy of the title world-class city. From its astounding cultural and financial centers to its vast reach in research, development and education, Tom Menino was the steward, and without a doubt one of the truly great mayors. He will always be Mr. Mayor to me.”
Statement of Boston Emergency Medical Services on Mayor Menino:
"Boston EMS would like to thank Mayor Thomas Menino for his continued and steadfast supporter of the advancement of emergency medical services in Boston. As a City Councilor, he went on ride-alongs to better understand how essential EMS is in the community. During his tenure as mayor, Boston EMS has seen a more than 50% expansion in the number of ambulances and uniformed personnel on the street. In 2005, Mayor Menino was recognized by USA Today for his leadership in EMS and efforts to involve the community in saving lives. They reference his integral involvement and contribution to raising the cardiac arrest save rate from 14% when he was elected to 40%. Since then, it has risen even further to 43% and stands as one of the highest survival rates in the country; equating to hundreds of lives saved over the last 20 years. And though his schedule is extremely busy, he has always made great efforts to honor staff at award ceremonies and graduations. From all of us, we would like to say Thank you Mayor."
Statement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Menino:
“Seven years ago this month, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and I invited 13 other mayors to join us in forming a new bi-partisan coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. At the time, the silence coming from Washington on gun policy was as deafening as it was deadly. Tom was as frustrated by that as I was – and together, we resolved to do something about it. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Tom to expand our coalition – we now have more than 900 mayors from every region of the country – and to force Washington to hear the voices of mayors, police chiefs and the victims of gun violence and their families. The fact that the U.S. Senate will hold a vote next month on the first major gun safely legislation in more than a decade is a testament to Tom’s determined leadership. As his partner in the coalition, I want to thank Mayor Menino for all his extraordinary work in the fight to make our communities – and our country – safer. And as someone who was born in the city he has served so well, I want to thank him for his outstanding record of accomplishment over the past twenty years. He will be remembered as one of the most influential and important mayors in Boston’s long history, and – it is my fervent hope – someone who began to turn the tide against the scourge of gun violence in this country. It seems only fitting that he is making this announcement on the day that our coalition is conducting the most sweeping day of advocacy in U.S. history aimed at reducing gun violence. And I know that as the debate in Washington unfolds in the weeks ahead, Mayor Menino will be helping to lead the charge – just as he has always done.”
Statement of Congressman Stephen Lynch on Menino:
“Tom Menino will be remembered as one of the greatest Mayors in the history of Boston. Over the past 20 years, he has led the transformation of our city and launched us into a new century. Tom had a vision for the city’s future, and worked 18 hours a day to make that vision a reality. From the South Boston waterfront to Dudley Square to Downtown Crossing – he transformed entire neighborhoods of our city and created new opportunities for citizens of every background.
We have had other strong mayors in recent Boston history, but Tom Menino is special. He’s special because he never forgets about the little guy. He has focused on the neighborhoods and the working families who live in them, and is always available to community leaders, parents, and anyone who needs help. Throughout his years in politics, both on the City Council and in the Mayor’s office, Tom set a bar that most of us could never live up to. He never forgot that, at the end of the day, his job was about the people, and making their lives better. I have tried to follow his example in my own career, and I know it has made me more successful.
The City of Boston, and all its people, will greatly miss his leadership, his vision and, most importantly, his love for Boston’s neighborhoods and residents. Mayor Menino is a true champion for this city and his legacy will be felt for decades to come. I wish him, his wife Angela, and their family the best of luck.”
Statement of City Councilor Felix Arroyo on Menino:
“Over the last 20 years, Boston has become a better and stronger city under Mayor Menino’s leadership. Today, I reflect on his work as Mayor for the last two decades, thank him for his service, and look forward to our future as a city.”
Statement of Ed Markey on Menino:
"Tom Menino is one of the greatest mayors in the country and in Boston's history. He has combined an unparalleled commitment to Boston’s neighborhoods with a vision for what the broader city can become. Tom is a fearless champion for all communities in Boston, championing equal rights and access to opportunity for all people. He has laid the foundation for Boston’s economic leadership in the 21st century, including spearheading the Boston Innovation District and expanding clean energy development in the city. I want to thank Mayor Menino for his 20 years of outstanding leadership, and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for us in the months ahead as he continues his legacy as a monumental and transformative figure in Boston history."
Statement from President of SEIU Local 615, Rocio Saenz, on Menino:
“On behalf of the 18,000 members of SEIU Local 615, our sincerest thanks to Mayor Thomas Menino for devoting decades of his life to supporting Boston residents, workers and families.
Mayor Menino has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with janitors and security officers to call for better wages and benefits to bolster workers and the communities they live in. He has been a tireless advocate for immigrants by establishing the Office of New Bostonians and through his work to streamline the path to citizenship for thousands of immigrants.
As the only mayor a generation of Bostonians has known, his announcement signals the end of an era, and the beginning of the next chapter in the city’s history.”
Statement of Victoria Reggie Kennedy on Menino:
“Mayor Menino has set the gold standard for public service, and Bostonians owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his decades of leadership and unwavering commitment to the city we love. Today, Boston is as vibrant,dynamic and diverse as any time in it's nearly 400-year history, and it is in large parts thanks to his steady leadership. Tom Menino lives and breathes his job 24 hours a day, seven days a week. His commitment and influence is felt in every neighborhood.
Mayor Menino's dedication to keeping our children and our neighborhoods safe is unparalleled. Boston city streets are safer thanks to his leadership on public safety and gun violence prevention.
Ted Kennedy and Tom Menino were great friends and great partners. I cherish the friendship I have with Tom and Angela, as did Ted, and I wish them the very best as they prepare for new challenges."