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Lydia Edwards

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 6:18 pm

Newly elected state Sen. Lydia Edwards announced today she will formally resign as a city councilor on April 30, which she says will give the city council enough time to call a special election to replace her without her East Boston, Charlestown and North End constituents losing representation on the council.

In a statement, she said: Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/22 - 12:11 pm

Update: She'll resign on April 30.

GBH reports the now dual councilor/senator doesn't want to talk about leaving her council seat. Maybe at some point, she says. There's no law that says she has to give up the job as councilor.

By adamg - 1/11/22 - 9:00 pm

With no opposition, City Councilor Lydia Edwards today became State Sen. Elect Lydia Edwards in the special election to replace Joe Boncore. Once she formally submits her resignation as councilor, the City Councilor can set dates for a preliminary and final election to fill the remainder of her two-year council term.

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 8:47 pm

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards has defeated Revere School Committee member Anthony D'Ambrosio in the Democratic primary to replace state Sen. Joe Boncore in the First Suffolk and Middlesex district (which includes East Boston). With no Republican candidate, that means she will soon move from the City Council to the State Senate. Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/21 - 2:39 pm

CommonWealth Magazine surveys next Tuesday's special election to replace state Sen. Joe Boncore, which pits Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards against Revere School Committee Member Anthony D’Ambrosio. The district includes East Boston, the North End, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Revere, Winthrop and a bit of Cambridge.

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By adamg - 10/8/21 - 10:05 am

City Councilor and state-senate candidate Lydia Edwards yesterday apologized for her comments on Wednesday, which many took as a defense in support of Columbus in her current and possible future districts, which have significant Italian-American populations. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 11:51 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) made it official today: If, as expected, Joe Boncore leaves the state Senate to become head of a life-sciences trade group, she will run for his seat. Read more.

By adamg - 8/18/21 - 2:51 pm

The City Council today approved proposals by Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) to end Zoning Board of Appeal oversight over cannabis proposals, after she said the zoning board had failed completely at it and that the Boston Cannabis Board is the better body for making sure neighborhoods get quality shops. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/21 - 9:59 am

Jon Santiago took note last week of the way the city council and the acting mayor are duking it out over a city budget that's due before July 1 and told the council to be good little boys and girls and knock it off: Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/21 - 4:09 pm

The Herald reports the City Council gave itself the right to dethrone an acting mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 4/7/21 - 2:14 pm
Ed Flynn speaks against Sonder proposal

Not happy: Ed Flynn.

The Zoning Board of Appeal voted last week to let Sonder, a multinational hospitality chain, convert the 26 apartments it owns in a Batterymarch Street building into "executive suites" aimed mainly at traveling businessmen staying an average of four days. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/21 - 9:26 pm

City Councilors Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) say that letting people testify before city boards remotely has worked so well they want to keep it going even after we return to some pre-pandemic normalcy. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 12:51 pm

A group of East Boston residents have asked the city for a non-binding referendum this fall calling on Eversource to move a substation proposed for East Eagle Street on Chelsea Creek someplace else, like Logan Airport. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/21 - 11:30 am

The Boston City Council's committee on government operations tomorrow considers a proposal to try to cancel a special election for mayor should Marty Walsh resign his post to move to Washington before March 5. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/21 - 3:08 pm

The Boston City Council today went on record unanimously calling for the removal of the man who is on the precipice of becoming the first president to ever be impeached twice. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/20 - 2:07 pm
Edwards

City Councilors Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Michelle Wu (at large) say they want to get the T to set aside one car on every Blue Line train for bicyclists who would ride their bikes to work downtown, if only there were a way to get them across Boston Harbor. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/20 - 4:26 pm

Northeastern University says it hopes to take over the entire Midtown Hotel and to lease floors in the Westin Copley Place to serve as dorms after eliminating on-campus triples and similar spaces and setting aside 500 campus rooms to quarantine any students who contract Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 2:25 pm

The City Council agreed today to look at setting up a sort of "secret shopper" that would pair white and minority testers to see what happens when they apply for the same apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 4:38 pm

The Boston City Council this week considers a proposal from Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to ask Boston hotels to clean and sanitize rooms daily, even for guests who have stays longer than a night. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/20 - 5:23 pm
Phil Frattaroli

East Boston restaurant owner Phil Frattaroli talks licenses at hearing.

Warning of "vulture capitalists" snapping up the liquor licenses of locally owned restaurants at depressed prices as the restaurants permanently shut because of the pandemic, Boston city councilors today began looking at ways they could pay restaurant owners for their expensive liquor licenses as a way to give them enough capital to get back on their feet. Read more

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