From the Councilor: Budget Allocations, Repaying Back Taxes, 100 Hood Park Parcel, Action on Little Mystic Land and More

April Newsletter from City Councilor Lydia Edwards:

The City Council began its budget proceedings this past week and I am excited to analyze exactly where every dollar is spent to maintain a world class city like Boston. Until the end of June, my colleagues and I will be hearing from City departments and experts who will testify on the $3.29 billion dollars of anticipated spending in FY 2019.

I’ll be fighting on behalf of East Boston, Charlestown and the North End for the appropriations and investments we deserve to make our neighborhoods and schools safer, more efficient, and equitable for all. Specifically, I look forward to advocating for the following long-term, capital improvements:

  • An East Boston senior center with meaningful programming for our seniors.
  • Climate resiliency deliverables for our waterfront following devastating winter snowstorm flooding.
  • An increase in traffic and parking enforcement as well as heightened police detail at our major intersections including City Square in Charlestown.
  • Support and push for the expansion of BPS fresh lunch programs throughout the district.
  • Funding for new initiatives at all BCYF community centers as well as facilities upgrades for the Nazzaro Center in the North End.
  • Support for the Boston Greenway Business Improvement District to maintain and protect our district’s open space.

These are just some of the priorities I’ll be fighting for and I look forward to productive conversations with the City to improve quality of life in district one.

More importantly, I want to hear from you. Where do you believe our neighborhoods have the opportunity to grow? What are your top priorities for the FY 2019 budget? Drop a line to or call our office at (617) 635-3200 to let us know.

If you’d like more information on upcoming hearings, to watch hearings online, or for general information on the budget, please utilize the Boston City Council website as well as the City of Boston’s budget page.

Topics in this month’s newsletter include:

  • Repaying back taxes.
  • Enforcing transparency from new developments about short-term rental intentions.
  • Denial of 100 Hood Park Parcel zoning amendment.
  • Discussing the reuse of Little Mystic Land “Montego Bay” in Charlestown.
  • Apply to be a summer intern in the Office of Councilor Edwards.

Read more about these topics and see upcoming community meetings in the full newsletter.