The city council has unanimously elected Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) as City Council President. Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) withdrew his name last night. Her election comes two years after she threw her support behind Bill Linehan's bid to remain council president.
Her elevation means she gets to pick chairpeople of council committees. And she'd become mayor if something happened to Marty Walsh.
In her opening speech, Wu pointed to a progressive agenda at a time of "historic inequality" across the country and in Boston.
For all the neighborhoods with gleaming new towers, too many parts of the city face "skyrocketing housing costs, nightly gunshots devastating opioid addiction" and stagnant wages, with residents who worry their children will be worse off than they are, she said.
She also pledged a more open council, starting with a more "transparent" Web site and a requirement that committee chairs hold "town meetings" in different neighborhoods.
Among those in attendance: US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who praised councilors in general for their service and in particular Wu, whom she called "a woman who gets up and does the hard work that needs to be done to make a difference."