By Cary Shuman
East Boston residents and legislators are lauding the appointment of one of the neighborhood’s favorite sons, John Nucci, to the Massachusetts Port Authority Board of Directors.
Nucci lives in East Boston and understands the impacts of Logan International Airport on the community. Residents have commended Nucci, senior vice president for external affairs at Suffolk University, for forging the college’s partnership with East Boston High School and the community that will improve the athletic facilities at East Boston Stadium.
City Councillor Sal LaMattina and State Rep. Adrian Madaro both praised Nucci’s appointment.
“I think John is a perfect pick for the Massport Board,” said LaMattina. “He’s a lifelong East Boston resident and he knows the issues. I’m very excited that John’s on the board. He will represent the impacted neighborhoods well.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased to know that John Nucci has been appointed to such a critical role,” said Madaro. “John is thoughtful, understands the issues, and has been a tireless advocate for East Boston his entire life. John’s appointment is a testament to how far relations have come between the community and Massport, and I am confident that he will serve his role with distinction, always putting the best interests of residents of East Boston first.”
Nucci grew up in East Boston, attended St. Lazarus Grammar School and graduated from Boston Latin School. He has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. A former member of the Boston School Committee and Boston City Council, he remains a highly visible member of the community, often attending local events. His interesting columns in the Boston Herald showed another aspect of his versatile talents.
“Growing up in East Boston, I have, of course, been impacted by Logan Airport for many years,” said Nucci. “I look out my window and I see the runway field.”
Nucci outlined his goals as a new member of the Massport board.
“I’m looking forward to trying to build consensus on the Massport Board that will accommodate necessary growth but in a way that minimizes impacts on surrounding communities. And I could not be more fortunate to have two friends, Rep. Madaro and Councillor LaMattina to work with.”