Announcements Government

City Council Approves Reforms to Zoning Board of Appeals

From the Office of District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards The Boston City Council has approved reforms to the Zoning Board of Appeals filed by City Councilor Lydia Edwards. The changes include: Adding environmental and urban planning experts to the board; Setting term limits for board members; Requiring board members to recuse themselves from projects Read More…

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Boston Cannabis Board Process Deemed “Inequitable” by City Councilors

Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) and Council President Kim Janey (District 7) proposed an ordinance to address the lack of equity and transparency of the cannabis industry in Boston. A version of this marijuana ordinance has been pushed by Council President Janey since 2019, resulting in the creation of the Boston Cannabis Board in February Read More…

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Councilor Edwards Offers Zoning Board Amendment to Home Rule Petition

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) offered a revised draft of her home rule petition that was signed as an executive order by Mayor Marty Walsh in February 2020. Although the signed executive order addressed many of Councilor Edwards’ concerns regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), she identified four areas of contention that she Read More…

Featured Meetings

Mayor Walsh to Join Elected Officials at Residents’ Association & Neighborhood Council Meeting July 22

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) will hold a joint neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, July 22 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Mayor Marty Walsh, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Sen. Joe Boncore and Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards will join a neighborhood meeting to discuss state and city budgets, legislative initiatives, COVID-19 reopening plans, Read More…

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Councilor Edwards Proposes Equal Budgeting Power for City Council; Councilors Bok and Mejia Suggest Zero-Based Budget Approach

Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) proposed that the City Council share equal budgeting power with the mayor during the weekly City Council meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The proposed amendment comes after public dissatisfaction with the FY21 budget approvals where protesters demanded funds be reallocated from the Boston Police Department into community services. Councilor Edwards’ amendment Read More…

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Hotel Rooms Become Gathering Spots, Putting Staff and Other Guests at Risk

Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) proposed support to hotel employees in daily sanitization of hotel rooms during the ongoing pandemic at the Boston City Council weekly meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Under Governor Charlie Baker’s safety standards for hotels, frequent cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and other high transit spaces are required. Councilor Edwards argued Read More…

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City Councilors Propose Unarmed Community Response System for Non-Violent Emergencies

City Councilors Lydia Edwards (District 1), Michelle Wu (At-Large), and Julia Mejia (At-Large) proposed a system that would direct non-violent emergency 911 calls away from law enforcement and toward a public safety response team. This proposal comes in the midst of racial injustice protests that continue across the Commonwealth following the death of George Floyd Read More…

Commentaries Government

Councilor Edwards on Creating a New Community Response to Nonviolent, Non-Criminal Calls

Progressives too, can back the blue By District One City Councilor Lydia Edwards Thank you. I haven’t said it enough to the men and women in blue that serve our great city. Time and time again they are expected to be at their best when we are at our worst. Whether it was during 9/11, the Read More…

Announcements Government

Councilor Edwards Announces Hire of Jesse Purvis as Director of Policy

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing District One (North End, East Boston, and Charlestown), has announced the hire of Jesse Purvis as the new Director of Policy in her office. Purvis joins the office after graduating from UMass Law where he served as a Public Interest Law Fellow and founder of the school’s local chapter Read More…

Featured Government Health & Environment

Elected Officials Provide COVID-19 Updates: State Legislation, Healthcare Needs, Transportation, North End Projects

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) hosted a virtual joint meeting on Monday evening to talk with elected officials about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz provided a brief overview of state legislation that has been passed in response to the public health crisis. He expressed a Read More…

Featured Meetings

Neighborhood Council & Residents’ Association Joint Meeting with Elected Officials May 11

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) will hold a joint neighborhood meeting on Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Elected officials State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Senator Joe Boncore, and City Councilor Lydia Edwards will provide updates on legislative initiatives, reopening plans, resources, unemployment, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Read More…