Ayanna Pressley Pledges Support for Matt O’Malley as Boston City Council President

There is already talk about three Boston City Councilors vying to become the next city council president — with one being District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. And O’Malley already has the public support of one sitting city councilor — Ayanna Pressley.

“O’Malley for president! City Council president that is. Matt’s a great leader and friend. I’ve complete confidence in his ability to fairly, thoughtfully, and effectively lead the council.”

City Councilors Matt O'Malley, left, and Ayanna Pressley

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City Councilors Matt O’Malley, left, and Ayanna Pressley

In an interview with Jamaica Plain News, Pressley was asked what would she look for in the next city council president, and she put it in clear terms.

“O’Malley for president! City Council president that is. Matt’s a great leader and friend. I’ve complete confidence in his ability to fairly, thoughtfully, and effectively lead the council.”

District 9 City Councilor Mark Ciommo and At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, are also interested in being city council president.

O’Malley was very close to being chosen as the city council president in 2014, but ultimately District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan was chosen by his peers.

The Boston City Council president will be voted upon by the council at the first council meeting in January.

  • Boston City Council routinely thwart records requests!

    Boston City Council could be always looking to be ever more open…

    a) Technology/software.

    Boston City Council could elect a Council President who will get most up to date technology/software and improve Council Communications!

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    b) Appointees.

    Boston City Councilors could appoint more up to date people to Central Council Staff who know how to operate the best technology/software !

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    c) SEARCHABLE Public Notices.

    Boston City Council/City Clerk could put online Public Notices in SEARCHABLE format and COMPATIBLE with Vision Impaired folks’ SCREENREAD software!

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    d) More up to date Stenographic technology/software.

    Boston City Council could advertise more widely to get the most up to date Stenographic technology/software !

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    e) TABLE/CHART of Roll Call Votes.

    Boston City Council could release an easy to read understandable TABLE/CHART of Council Roll Call Votes from the data at http://www.cityofboston.gov/cityclerk/rollcall/

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    f) Hard of Hearing folks, the Deaf Community.

    Boston City Council could arrange release online of the Stenograph Record of Council Public Meetings for hard of hearing folks , for the Deaf Community, for all folks!

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    g) Bad Records Management practices.

    Boston City Council could improve bad Records Management practices!

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    h) Public Meetings in the Neighborhoods.

    Public Meetings of Boston City Council can be held in the Neighborhoods from time to time.

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    i) Transparent background for WGBH Captioning.

    WGBH Captions on Webcasts/Cablecasts of Public Meetings should be setup with transparent background that doesn’t block part of the picture for hard of hearing folks, for the Deaf Community, for all folks!

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    j) Transcript.

    Full transcript of WGBH Captions from Webcasts/Cablecasts of Public Meetings of Boston City Council could be made available online for hard of hearing folks, for the Deaf Community, for all folks!

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    k) CouncilMatic.

    Boston City Council could cooperate with http://councilmatic.org

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    L) Council Municipal Library/Archives.

    Boston City Council Municipal Library/Archives , furnishing City departments and the general public with information on municipal government, could be put within easier reach of all ! See page 365 at http://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/14%20Non-Mayoral%20Departments%20Cabinet_tcm3-50835.pdf

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    m) Digitization. Council Library/Archives.

    Boston City Council Municipal Library/Archives , furnishing City departments and the general public with information on municipal government, could digitize some selected materials!

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    n) Professional Records Management.

    Records Management at Boston City Council could use Records Management professionals’ attention http://www.arma.org/

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    o) Metro Journalists.

    Metro Journalists note Peter Kurilecz Records and Archives in the News RAIN https://www.google.com/search?q=kurilecz+records+archives+news

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    p) Specialists.

    The Mayor or Chief of Staff could look into appointing more folks with better knowledge of technology/software to the Boston City Clerks Offices to make Public Documents more readily available to all, including Vision Impaired SCREENREAD software users. For example so called City Green Sheets of Pending Council Matters could be in SEARCHABLE format.

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    q) Boundaries. Wards/Precincts.

    Update Boundary Streets of Boston Wards/Precincts http://bostonwardsprecincts.blogspot.com in cooperation with State Legislature.

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    r) Electoral Reform.

    Look into systemic Electoral Reform to achieve a fully participatory and truly Representative Democracy that respects every Vote and every voice in every Election http://fairvote.org

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    s) Mapping.

    Mapping with descriptive text that even more clearly distinguish and label the Bordering Streets of Council Districts than at http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/research-maps/maps-and-gis/electoral-maps Particularly label distinguishing Streets split between Districts!

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    t) Understandable Public Notices.

    Boston City Council could word Public Notices of Hearings in language that’s more inviting!

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    u) Understandable Agenda/Minutes.

    Agenda/Minutes of Boston City Council could more make Docket items even more clear, particularly what are the topics of each of the letters from the Mayor.

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    v) President. Chairing Public Meetings.

    President of Boston City Council could explain Proceedings even more clearly while Chairing the Proceedings of the Public Meeting of Boston City Council.

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    w) SEARCHABLE. Council Communications.

    Email Public Notices of Boston City Council could be in SEARCHABLE format and labelled as to topic on the Subject line of the email Headers.

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    x) Bicameral Board of Alders and Common Council.

    Boston City Council could consider a Bicameral setup as the long ago Bicameral setup in Boston history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicameralism Prior to 1909, Boston’s legislative body consisted of an eight-member Board of Aldermen and a Common Council made up of three representatives from each of the 25 wards in the city https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_City_Council#History

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    y) Testimony. Civic involvement.

    Testimony at Public Meetings/Hearings of Boston City Council/Council Committees transcript available from Stenograph Record and/or WGBH Captions on Webcasts/Cablecasts could be made available online for feedback, comment, ideas, suggestions, questions and greater civic involvement. Folks could reply by email or online including a particular line/passage in Testimony.

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    z) ….?

    What are your expectations of Boston City Council?… What are your expectations of City Councils?…