Boston City Councilor At-Large, Felix Arroyo, recently visited the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) to discuss his 2013 priorities on the City Council. The event on March 14, 2013 was a part of Councilor Arroyo’s citywide community report tour of over 40 neighborhood groups.
“Every job I have had required me to report back on my work and I believe this job should be no different. I am visiting neighborhood associations across the city to let residents know what we were able to accomplish last year and enter into a conversation about how we can work together in 2013,” said Arroyo.
Jim Salini, NEWRA President commented, “It was great to hear from Councilor Arroyo on the work he has done and his focus for 2013. We appreciate his accessibility as an At-Large Councilor and his attention to our neighborhood.”
Councilor Arroyo has also focused on revitalizing communities and developed an economic development plan known as “Invest in Boston.” If passed, Arroyo’s “Invest in Boston” ordinance will incentivize local investment by banks where over $1 billion in City funds are deposited. As Chairman of the Labor, Youth Affairs, and Health Committee, Councilor Arroyo has championed youth summer jobs and public health initiatives. Addressing health concerns that are connected to high asthma rates in the city, Councilor Arroyo worked to help make all tot lots smoke-free and helped draft an ordinance to reduce the amount of diesel emission in the air we breathe. Additionally, Arroyo has created task forces to end the mental health stigma as well as one to address suicide and support prevention efforts, both topics are on his agenda for 2013.
“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the beginning of my second term and I look forward to continuing to work with Boston’s residents on issues affecting our city,” said Arroyo. “I value these conversations because I believe every voice should be heard and working together will lead to greater success for all of us.”
Following his prepared remarks, Councilor Arroyo addressed questions from residents on neighborhood issues including late night commercial trash pickup, excessive drinking and noise. NEWRA executives noted they were particularly appreciative of the consistent attendance by the Councilor’s aides at their meetings.
Councilor Arroyo’s remarks and Q&A with neighborhood residents can be viewed in the above video.