Outgoing District 1 City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina received a roaring farewell from hundreds of supporters at an East Boston celebration held on November 16th at the Orient Heights Yacht Club.
LaMattina gave an impassioned speech thanking dozens of family, friends and colleagues, highlighting many current and former public officials, including the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Passing the torch, he warmly welcomed his successor, councilor-elect Lydia Edwards. Noting Boston’s positive progress in his nearly 30 years of public service, he spoke of the Central Artery project, East Boston Greenway and the vast improvements in parks, public safety, schools and clean streets. He ended his speech by asking his constituents to discard stereotypes of “old and new” by coming together as “One Boston” adding that “the best days of Boston are ahead.”