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Murphy and Yancey

City councilors Steve Murphy (at large) and Charles Yancey (Dorchester, Mattapan), both of whom lost in yesterday's election, share a moment before this afternoon's city-council meeting.

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They both just got a raise and will collect more annually on their maxed out pensions.

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I think they need 3 consecutive years at the last pay grade to receive that amount to be factored into their pension. That being said, this new raise wouldn't count. I could be wrong - maybe they a have special deal.

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They didn't get a raise. The raise isn't effective until the new term, after they leave.

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Compare Cambridge and Boston City Councils.

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Would the following concern parallel concerns about the 100 or so Appointees/Staff at Boston City Council?...

>"Post-Election Observation #1: I have to say that after seeing many (probably most) of the Cambridge City Council personal aides playing leading roles in the election campaigns of their respective councillors, it is time we revisit the ethical foundation of the City Council aide positions. They are CLEARLY taxpayer-supported campaign workers. I don't have any personal issues with the individuals, but the positions should be eliminated and replaced by additional staff hired by the City Council office based on professional standards."
http://rwinters.com/

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A round of applause for these two, Yancey and Murphy both of whom cared deeply for their constituents in their at large districts that they represented for years.
I will miss watching them in city hall on BNN-TV
they are both part of history in Boston politics..

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...that they are history.

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"Hey Steve, how much money do you have left in your campaign fund?"

"Well Chuck, I think around $5k, you?"

"I think I have closer to $10k, looks like I'm buying lunch...Abe and Louis or Grill 23??"

"Eh, maybe we just scoot down to NYC for a fact-finding mission...dinner at Peter Lugars and a couple rooms at the Four Seasons!"

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Is it kosher to make car payments out of a campaign account?

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I don't know about you but my family reunions tend to run around $9k, maybe a bit more.

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I'm glad Andrea Campbell won, but I wish she had bumped someone else out.

I love that Yancey is a relentless stickler for details. A while back City Council filed a 17F request for data on our homeless population. Here's Walsh's reply: http://meetingrecords.cityofboston.gov/sirepub/mobilemtgviewer.aspx?meet...

It's very evasive, and as Councilor Yancey pointed out today, part of the 17F specifically asked for data on race, and city of residence. And that was completely omitted from from Walsh's reply.

Walsh responded to 2 questions with "I do not understand the question you are asking." Followed by a lot of "we don't collect that data" and "someone else collects that data."

Anyways, I love that Yancey refused to accept this and is holding Walsh accountable. He's also reached out to the homeless community regarding gender disparities in services.

And being a softie, I love for sponsoring a book fair for kids!

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I grew tired of Yancey's constant inquiries about racial statistics and breakdowns in every context. No, I don't think asking the question accomplishes anything. It just forces city hall employees to waste time compiling statistics to indulge the councilor, without actually changing anything.

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and aggregate data on the homeless relieving the taxpayers of that burden.

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Happy that those tax dollars go towards things like this, and would love to see tax payer dollars also collect that aggregate data.

You may not agree with it, but you don't speak for all of us, thanks.

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I think the biggest shocker is Michael Flaherty coming in Third Place. His former campaign manager Jon Romano really screwed up Flaherty's political future!

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Will Boston City Council make available online Public Notices of Council Committee Public Hearings in SEARCHABLE format and also compatible for vision impaired folks' screenreading software!?

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