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Elizabeth Warren beats Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race

Nov 6, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor who promised to battle for a struggling middle class, defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown tonight in the Massachusetts Senate race, despite Brown’s attempts to paint himself as a one of a dying breed, a moderate New England Republican. Elizabeth Warren spoke to a voter over the phone from her ...

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Hundreds of thousands remain without power; state offices reopen

Oct 30, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

  About 288,000 customers in Massachusetts are without power this morning, the most significant damage known to be caused in Massachusetts by Hurricane Sandy, the massive storm that rampaged across the East Coast on Monday.   Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, said this morning that bands of showers are expected throughout today, ...

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Updated Weather Advisory 8:30 PM

Oct 28, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

We have a true storm on our hands that, for once, may live up to the hype. Councilor Yancey advises you and your family to take the proper precautions to stay safe and make it through the days ahead. In response to Hurricane Sandy: Boston Public Schools will be closed on Monday 10/29. Trash and recycling for ...

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Preparation for Hurricane Sandy and the Megastorm with it

Oct 28, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

Keep these key steps in mind when creating your plan: Identify an out-of-town contact Important phone number for each family member Designate two meeting places: near home and outside your neighborhood Map evacuation routes Locate Neighborhood Emergency Centers Incorporates your family's unique needs into the emergency plan Learn emergency plans for places your family frequents   Household Emergency Kit A Emergency Kit (Kit en Espanol) is used to shelter-in-place. Keep ...

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Deval Patrick Declares a State of Emergency

Oct 27, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

  As Hurricane Sandy loomed closer to the northeast coast Saturday afternoon, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in preparation for power outages, coastal flooding, and beach erosion that could rock the New England region. The Bay State will begin feeling the hurricane’s effects Sunday evening, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick, but ...

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As deadline looms, the state of play in redistricting

Oct 26, 2012 1 Comment ›› The Commisioner

The redistricting clock is ticking for city councillors, who must pass a map reordering Boston’s political boundaries next week. Here’s the state of play heading into the weekend, as Hurricane Sandy is eyeing New England and the City Council prepares for a potential Halloween vote on Wednesday, according to City Hall insiders: One of the precincts in ...

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Councillor Yancey Explains His Redistricting Map

Census and Redistricting working session to be held Thursday

Oct 9, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

The Boston City Council’s Committee on Census and Redistricting will host a special redistricting working session this Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 10:00 am in the Curley Room on the Fifth Floor of Boston City Hall. The working session, which is open to the public, will provide an opportunity to explore Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey’s Ordinance ...

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Second Redistricting Map Passes City Council 7-6, Submitted to Mayor

Sep 24, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

The Boston City Council passed a second redistricting map Wednesday in a 7-6 vote, which now needs to be passed or vetoed by Mayor Thomas Menino. Menino rejected the previous redistricting mappassed by the Council in a 7-6 vote on Aug. 23. He said the proposed map "concentrates our many citizens of color into too few districts, and ...

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In Memoriam: Remembering Bruce Bolling

Sep 11, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

UPDATED:   From Councillor Yancey: Today, we lost a great statesman and leader and we will miss Bruce Bolling. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to his wife Joyce his son Bruce, his brother Royal and the entire Bolling family.We wish him a peaceful journey. I treasure the time that we spent together on the city council ...

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News: Menino Says Minorities are Disserved & Vetos Redistricting Plan

Sep 10, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

  Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Thursday vetoed the City Council’s controversial plan for redrawing the nine council districts, arguing that the map diluted the influence of African-American, Hispanic, and Asian voters. In a letter to the council, which approved a redistricting plan on a 7-6 vote after months of wrangling, Menino singled out District 4 as ...

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