On Friday, March 5th, Boston’s City Council held a hearing on the “Green Ticket Law,” recently passed by the State legislature and signed by the Governor. Each municipality, including Boston, has the ability to “opt-in” to the requirements that would add fines to a property owner’s next tax bill for violations of trash and cleanliness ordinances. All of the testimony at the hearing, including the councilors, was in support of enacting the law within the city. The law could go in effect as soon as May 1st.
Testifying at the Green Ticket hearing from the North End were Naomi and Mark Paul from NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee. (See photos below courtesy of Penny Cherubino at Bostonzest.com). NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee has been supporting the bill through the process as a way to help clean up North End/Waterfront streets. The law also has received support of local officials, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (watch his maiden speech on the subject) and District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina.