Ayanna Pressley Got the Most Votes in JP in At-Large City Council Election

At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley not only topped the ticket across all of Boston in Tuesday's elections, but she received the most votes in Jamaica Plain, too. Pressley netted a total of 3,571 votes from Jamaica Plain's 20 precincts. Fellow incumbent Michelle Wu, who finished second throughout all of Boston, also came in second in JP with 3,161 votes. At-Large City Councilor-elect Annissa Essaibi-George, who came in fourth overall. came in third in JP with 2,796 votes.


Boston Elections: Essaibi-George Wins At-Large Seat; Campbell Defeats Yancey in District 4 Race

Tuesday's Boston City Council elections saw two longtime city councilors lose their seats. In the at-large city council race, Annissa Essaibi-George of Dorchester earned a seat in her second time running for the position. Losing his seat is longtime city councilor Stephen Murphy, who was first elected in 1997. All results are from the City of Boston's Election Department. According to the department, about 13% of registered Boston voters turned out for this municipal election.


Election Coverage: Q&A’s with All At-Large City Council Candidates and More

This Tuesday's municipal election will most likely be a quiet election with few contested races. But there is a strong possibility that some challengers will defeat incumbents. All four incumbents are seeking reelection with only one challenger, Annissa Essaibi-George. Essaibi-George finished fifth in 2013 in the last at-large city council election, but started campaigning earlier and has gained numerous endorsements, including from current Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Read a Q&A with Annissa Essaibi-George here.


District 4 Candidates Yancey & Campbell on Policing, Affordable Housing and More at Forum

Public safety, education and affordable housing were major issues discussed at a District 4 Boston City Council forum with incumbent Charles Yancey, 66, and challenger Andrea Campbell, 33, held at the Great Hall in Codman Square on Monday evening. The two will square off on November 3rd. In the September preliminary Campbell received 1,982 votes or 57%, Yancey, who was first elected in 1984, received 1,159 votes or 33%. All statistics are according to the City of Boston’s Elections Department website. District 4 represents Mattapan, Dorchester and a little bit of Jamaica Plain. Ward 19, Precinct 12, is the JP portion.

Screen shot from video of City Councilor Charles Yancey speaking at a Casey Arborway meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Yancey on Casey: ‘I Have Grave Concerns About This Project’

Name-checking the successful grassroots effort that stopped the Southwest Expressway, City Councilor Charles Yancey told a sometimes raucous crowd of about 175 that he wants to make sure neighborhoods outside JP, notably Mattapan, don't suffer from ills he sees in the massive project. Yancey, who represents District Four, said he'd soon announce a date for a City Council hearing he's sponsoring for an "urgent review of the impacts" on the city's neighborhoods. Yancey was among the many voices at Thursday's construction information meeting at English High School who called the whole effort into question. Transportation officials have struggled at each of the three construction meetings this year to limit discussion to practical questions about carrying out the project. The District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203.


O’Malley Urges Realistic Expectations for Hearings on Casey

City Council moved a step closer to holding hearings on the Casey Arborway, amid warnings from Jamaica Plain's district councilor that the board has zero ability to change the massive state project. Councilor Charles Yancey of Dorchester called for the hearings, on grounds that neighborhoods outside JP haven't been heard from and amid concerns for medical patients who use the Casey to reach hospitals at Longwood and downtown. Yancey said the hearings would give the state, and possibly city agencies, a chance to tell people their plans for the demolition and construction. The 1950s-era flyover is being razed in favor of a network of surface streets. "This is not an order to cease and desist the demolition of the Casey Overpass," Yancey said during Wednesday's City Council meeting.

Final conditions as planned for Casey Arborway project.

Councilor Yancey Asks for Hearings on Casey Arborway

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Councilor Charles Yancey plans to call for an "urgent review of the impacts" on the city's neighborhoods from the giant Casey Arborway project. According to the hearing order, the District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203. There's nothing in the order about rebuilding a bridge instead of the planned at-grade series of roads. But people who are holding out for a bridge plan to lobby city councilors on Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at security in the lobby, according to an item sent to the social networking site Nextdoor.

City Councilor Charles Yancey, District 4, speaks at a community meeting on the Arborway Yard at English High School on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Move the Arborway Yard? Yancey, Rozzie Residents Say Not So Fast

A plan to move the massive Arborway Bus Yard away from Forest Hills faced a buzz saw of criticism Wednesday. City Councilor Charles Yancey, whose district includes the proposed new site, said he was outraged his office hadn't been contacted. And Rozzie residents wearing "Ask Roslindale" tags voiced hearty disapproval. The action took place at a well-attended community meeting regarding the 17-acre site. More than 70 people came to the cafeteria at English High School to see a presentation about the idea of moving the bus yard to the American Legion Highway.