City Councilor Sal LaMattina was sworn in to his fifth term as District 1 City Councilor Monday at Faneuil Hall and said he looks forward to representing East Boston, Charlestown and the North End for another two years.
“I am very excited to begin my 5th term on the Boston City Council,” said LaMattina. “With the changeover I have now become the dean of the City Council as the longest serving member. I am also excited about working with new Council President Michelle Wu and am proud of the new diversity of the Boston City Council. I strongly believe that this is a council that will work together with the Mayor to move Boston forward.
LaMattina said he will continue to be a hands on City Councilor and plans to work on quality of life issues that are important to our neighborhood.
“For me it has always been about the nuts and bolts of working with basic city service departments,” said LaMattina. “I will also continue my work with District 7 Captain Kelley McCormick and Community Response Team. I plan to continue my discussions with the administration on a new senior center in East Boston.”
With waterfront development finally happening in East Boston, LaMattina plans to focus his attention in Eastie on the current and future developments along the neighborhood’s water’s edge.
“Waterfront development is something that I am very proud of because I have fought for decades for developers to build here,” he said. “I will be sure to work closely with developers about maintaining and allowing waterfront access for the public by focusing on one, unified harbor walk while continuing to fight for ferries.”
LaMattina said he will also push for more workforce housing and a new public middle school.
“I strongly believe that workforce housing is something that we need more of in the community,” said LaMattina. “Another top priority will be to work with the Walsh Administration to build another middle school in East Boston as well.”
While committee assignments will be ironed out in the next few days, LaMattina hopes to chair the Parks and Transportation committee.
“With more residents moving in I believe that it is vital to create more open space,” said LaMattina. “I also feel that East Boston would benefit greatly by adding alternative forms of transportation which is why I will work with the administration on bringing Hubway to East Boston. I will continue to work with the neighborhood and Massport to address issues at Logan Airport as well”.