By John Lynds
City Councilor Sal LaMattina was sworn in to his fifth term as District 1 City Councilor Monday at Faneuil Hall and said he looks forward to representing Charlestown, East Boston and the North End for another two years.
“I am very excited to begin my 5th term on the Boston City Council,” said LaMattina. “With the changeover I have now become the dean of the City Council as the longest serving member. I am also excited about working with new Council President Michelle Wu and am proud of the new diversity of the Boston City Council. I strongly believe that this is a council that will work together with the Mayor to move Boston forward.
LaMattina said he will continue to be a hands on City Councilor and plans to work on quality of life issues that are important to our neighborhood.
“For me it has always been about the nuts and bolts of working with basic city service departments,” said LaMattina.
With several waterfront development projects in the works, LaMattina plans to focus his attention on current and future developments along the neighborhood’s water’s edge.
“Waterfront development is something that I am very proud,” he said. “I will be sure to work closely with developers about maintaining and allowing waterfront access for the public by focusing on one, unified harbor walk while continuing to fight for ferries.”
LaMattina said he will also push for more workforce housing.
“I strongly believe that workforce housing is something that we need more of in the community,” said LaMattina.
While committee assignments will be ironed out in the next few days, LaMattina hopes to chair the Parks and Transportation committee.
“With more residents moving in I believe that it is vital to create more open space,” said LaMattina. “I also feel that Charlestown would benefit greatly by adding alternative forms of transportation.”
City Councilor Sal LaMattina (center) was sworn in to a fifth term Monday at Faneuil Hall in Boston by Mayor Martin Walsh along with his colleagues.
From left, John Nucci, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Diane Modica, Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Rep. Adrian Madaro, Paul Scapicchio and Rep. Dan Ryan.