The City Council began it's 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.

All the best,

Lydia Edwards
Boston City Councilor

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Boston City Councilor wants to help residents repay back taxes
From Metro Boston:

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards has called for a hearing to help residents repay their back taxes.

Seniors and low-income homeowners in Boston who may be “house rich, cash poor” can fall behind on property taxes, she said in a release, and then face a “hurdle” trying to catch up. The city of Boston does offer payment plans for back taxes, according to Edwards,

but they require a large down payment and a year time limit, so they can still burden some residents. Homeowners who cannot repay their back taxes within one year face the risk of foreclosure.

But there’s more that Boston can, and should do, according to Edwards. She is pushing for the city to expand the length of tax repayment and to forgive a portion of interest on back taxes, so these residents can be able to stay in their homes. Read the full story here.

Councilor Edwards with Charlestown residents and City Councilor Michael Flaherty

Zoning Commission denies hurried amendment allowing conversation on taller buildings at Hood

"In a show of force by the Charlestown community at City Hall, neighbors stood in formation with City Councilor Lydia Edwards on Wednesday morning to toss a zoning amendment" in regards to the height on the 100 Hood Park Parcel. Read full story from the Charlestown Bridge. 

The zoning amendment would have eliminated height restrictions. I look forward to standing with the Charlestown community for a robust process and conversation.

Edwards asks BPDA for Action on Little Mystic Land

"City Councilor Lydia Edwards has called for the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) to begin a community process to discuss the reuse of the Little Mystic parcel of land it owns and current leases to MassPort.

Known locally as Montego Bay, the Little Mystic is an old protected shipping port that abuts NewTown and the playing fields. The BPDA owns the land abutting the Little Mystic on the northern side, and its 40-year lease with MassPort expires in June 2019. Currently, MassPort uses it as overflow parking for the Boston (Subaru) AutoPort on the other side of Terminal Street." See full story from Charlestown Bridge here.

Short Term Rentals News and Updates

Airbnb has targeted Michelle Wu. She and her supporters are not having it.

"In the brewing fight over short-term rental regulations in Boston, Airbnb just took a big shot at City Councilor Michelle Wu. And now her supporters are firing back...

When the council last month was debating short-term rental rules proposed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Wu and colleague Lydia Edwards did introduce an amendment that would have barred renters from home-sharing and required short-term rental hosts to notify neighbors, as Airbnb’s e-mail claimed. The measure was not voted on before Walsh pulled his proposal — which included a 90-day limit on many units — to tweak enforcement rules. But, while Wu did say she thought the 90-day limit was too lenient, she never proposed a 30-day cap. Keep reading at the Boston Globe."


Short Term Rentals in Developments

"Councilors Lydia Edwards and Mark Ciommo called for a hearing regarding a review of the city’s proposed developments containing corporate short stay, executive suite, and short-term rentals.

The councilors noted that the city is undergoing a building boom and surge in population, creating many new challenges, income inequality, displacement and a shortage of affordable and workforce housing.

As the mayor and the City Council continue working on an ordinance to regulate short term rental housing, the councilors noted that the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) should enforce transparency from new developments on whether they intend to master-lease housing units to short-term rental companies."

Upcoming Council Hearings and Meetings
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Ways & Means hearing on Dockets #0559-0663 - re:  FY19 Budget: DND 

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Ways & Means hearing on Dockets #0559-0663 - re: FY19 Budget: DoIT 

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 3:30 PM
Ways & Means hearing on Docket #0584 - re: PEG Cable Access Fund

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Public Safety & Criminal Justice hearing on Docket #0135, 0141, 0233, 0284, 0613, 0615 - re: This is a hearing on dockets to accept and expend various public safety grants
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Ways & Means hearing on Dockets #0559-0663 - re: FY19 Budget: BPL

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM - Regular Council Meeting

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Ways & Means hearing on Dockets #0559-0663 - re: FY19 Budget: BPS Administrative Budget, Central Office and Academics and Student Support Services (1)

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Ways & Means hearing on Dockets #0559-0663 - re: FY19 Budget: BPS Administrative Budget, Central Office and Academics and Student Support Services (2)


May Community Meetings in District One

East Boston (I'll be joining Senator Joe Boncore and State Representative Adrian Madaro for a community update at all civic associations):
  • Harbor View Neighborhood Association - Monday, May 7th @ 7:00PM, East Boston Yacht Club, 1 Rice Street
  • Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association - Monday, May 14th at 7:00PM, Jeffries Point Yacht Club, 565 Sumner Street
  • Orient Heights Neighborhood Association, Monday, May 21st @ 6:30PM, Ashley Street YMCA, 54 Ashley Street
  • Flats/Central Square Neighborhood Association - Wednesday, May 16th @ 7:00PM, Paris Street/BCYF Community Center, 112 Paris Street
  • Friends of the East Boston Greenway - Thursday, May 17th @ 6:30PM, Anna DeFronzo Center, 395 Maverick Street
  • Gove Street Citizens Association - Monday, May 28th @ 6:30PM, Noddle Island Community Room, Logan Rental Car Center 
  • Eagle Hill Civic Association - Wednesday, May 30th @ 7:00PM, East Boston High School Cafeteria, 86 White Street
  • Charlestown Neighborhood Council - Tuesday, May 1st 7:00pm, Knights of Columbus, 595 Medford Street
  • Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard - Thursday, May 10th, 7:00PM, 300 1st Ave, Charlestown, MA 2129 Spaulding in the first floor Conference Room
  • The Charlestown Preservation Society presents: A Celebration of Historic Charlestown! -  Saturday, May 12th, 10:30 - Family Day, Memorial Hall, 14 Green Street.
  • Public Safety Meeting - Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:00pm, Boston Police 2nd floor mtg room 20 Vine St. 02129
North End:
  • Public Safety Meeting - Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:00PM, Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.
  • NEWRA Monthly Meeting - Thursday, May 10th @ 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.
  • NEWNC Monthly Meeting - Monday, May 14@ 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Nazarro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street 
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