Widespread praise for departing Boston mayor
BOSTON (AP) -- Reaction is pouring into Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's decision not to seek a sixth term.
Gov. Deval Patrick called Menino a "valued partner" on policy issues, and a "trusted and beloved friend." Patrick said it will be hard to imagine Boston without Menino as its mayor.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded Menino for his work in trying to reduce gun violence in urban neighborhoods. Menino and Bloomberg served as co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Democratic congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said Menino helped lead a transformation in the city over the past 20 years and will be considered one of its greatest mayors.
Interim U.S. Sen. William "Mo" Cowan said Menino was a champion for fairness and equality for all residents.