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Encyclopedia > Thomas Menino
Thomas Menino
Thomas Menino

In office
1993 – Present
Preceded by Raymond L. Flynn
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born December 27, 1942
Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse Angela Faletra

Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the current mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, United States and the city's first Italian-American mayor. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, Athens of America, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City  89. ... Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939), also known as Ray Flynn, was the Mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, and later the American ambassador to the Vatican (1993 - 1997) under President Bill Clinton. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Hyde Park is the most southern neighborhood of the City of Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... This is a list of Mayors of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, Athens of America, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City  89. ... Logo of Sons of Italy, which is the largest Italian American fraternal organization in the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ...


Born in Readville, a part of Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood, Menino was educated at Chamberlayne Junior College (AA, Business Management, 1963) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (BA, Community Planning, 1988). He currently resides in Hyde Park with his wife, Angela Faletra. They have two children: Susan and Thomas Jr. Readville is a part of Boston. ... Hyde Park is the most southern neighborhood of the City of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Mount Ida College is a baccalaureate, four-year liberal arts college located in Newton, Massachusetts. ... An associate degree is an academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and some bachelors degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years. ... University of Massachusetts Boston, or UMass Boston is a university in Boston, Massachusetts in the northeastern United States. ... Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ...


Menino had served nine years on Boston's city council when Ray Flynn left the mayor's seat to become US ambassador to the Vatican. The council president at the time, Menino became acting mayor for four months before being elected to his first term in November 1993, defeating State Representative Jim Brett with 64% of the vote. After running unopposed for a second term in 1997, Menino soundly defeated Boston City Councillor Peggy Davis-Mullen in 2001 for a third term with 76% of the vote [1] and in 2005 rang up 67% of the vote in beating Maura Hennigan, another councillor [2]. Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939) also known as Ray Flynn was the Mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, and later the American ambassador to the Vatican (1993 - 1997) under President Bill Clinton. ... Maura Hennigan is a former Boston City Councillor that proudly served on the Boston City Council for almost 24 years. ...


Should Menino complete his fourth term, and if the four months as acting mayor are included, he would become the longest-serving mayor in Boston history. Though hardly the most eloquent of politicians (because of his poor diction he has been nicknamed "Mumbles Menino" by Howie Carr, a writer for the Boston Herald, and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host), a large part of Menino's success seems to hinge on his refusal to use city hall as a stepping stone. While it may be true that he would have little success at seeking higher office, Menino maintains that being mayor of Boston is the only job he's ever wanted. He is considered a "nuts and bolts" mayor, focusing on making sure that potholes are filled, garbage and snow are removed and crime is down. He attends functions all around the city, and his administration has remained relatively scandal-free. Howard Howie Louis[1] Carr (born January 17, 1952) is an American broadcaster, award-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and a highly rated talk-radio host in the greater Boston and New England area. ... The Boston Herald is a tabloid newspaper (not to be confused with tabloid press periodicals), the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston, Massachusetts, with a daily circulation of 230,543 in September 2005. ...


In 2006, Menino proposed two major construction projects which would have a major impact on the city. The first, Trans National Place is a proposed 1,000 foot tower to be built on the site of a city owned parking garage in Boston's Financial District. The second proposal, calls for the city to sell Boston's City Hall, a 1960's icon of Brutalism architecture. Menino would then have the city use the proceeds from the sale to fund construction of a new seat of government on the South Boston waterfront, on the site of the current Bank of America Pavillion (Drydock 4). This project would fit into Menino's ongoing efforts to spur development in this section of South Boston, and would complement the new convention center, as well as benefit from new Big Dig transportation connections to the area. Trans National Place is a proposed 1000 foot Skyscraper planned for Boston, Massachusetts, and designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano. ... The Financial District is used to refer to: The Financial District (Manhattan) in New York City, New York The Financial District (San Francisco) in California A station on the Detroit People Mover This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... Government Center circa 2000 Government Center is a city square and plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, bounded by Cambridge, Court, Congress, and Sudbury Streets. ... Brutalism is an architectural style that spawned from the Modernist architectural movement and which flourished from the 1950s to the 1970s. ... South Boston is a heavily populated neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, located south of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay. ... See also Banc of America Securities, Banc of America Investment Services, Inc. ... Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at night The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) is the largest exhibition center in the Northeast United States, with some 1,700,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space. ... Metropolitan Highway System Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a megaproject which rerouted the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ...

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Health

Menino has been hospitalized several times since taking office. He has been admitted for abdominal pain and intestinal inflammation, and was treated for kidney stones in 1995 and 1997. In 2003, Menino underwent surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital to remove a rare sarcoma (DFSP) on his back. The tumor had not spread, and the mayor was able to return to work in a matter of days. In 2004, the mayor's doctors confirmed he has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, helping to explain his recurring intestinal problems. The condition requires life-long treatment with anti-inflammatory medication and careful monitoring of his diet [3]. Kidney stones are solid accretions (crystals) of dissolved minerals in urine found inside the kidneys or ureters. ... Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH) is a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. ... A sarcoma is a cancer of the connective or supportive tissue (bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels) and soft tissue. ... Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a rare neoplasm of the dermis layer of the skin, and is classified as a sarcoma. ... Crohns disease (also known as regional enteritis) is a chronic, episodic, inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by transmural inflammation (affecting the entire wall of the involved bowel) and skip lesions (areas of inflammation with areas of normal lining in between). ...


Criticism

Menino has encountered some controversy (particularly among those of color) surrounding his oversight of the gentrification of many Boston neighborhoods. Menino has also encountered criticism from civil liberties groups regarding various issues of free speech, including the heavy and disruptive police presence during the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and his handling of the Stop Snitchin' controversy. 2004 Democratic National Convention logo The 2004 Democratic National Convention culminated in the arrival of John Kerry on July 29 to address the delegates. ... Stop Snitchin refers to a modern campaign by criminals to frighten people with information from reporting their activities to the police. ...


Quotes

Mayor Menino is known for his distinctive voice and accidentally-notable quotes. The most legendary examples involve references to Boston's parking shortage as "an Alcatraz around my neck" (meaning, instead, an albatross around his neck), and to former mayor John Collins as "a man of great statue." Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. ...


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Preceded by
Raymond L. Flynn
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
1993 -
Succeeded by
current

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Thomas Menino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (514 words)
Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the current mayor of Boston, Massachusetts and the city's first Italian-American mayor.
Menino had served nine years on Boston's city council when Ray Flynn left the mayor's seat to become US ambassador to the Vatican.
Menino has also encountered criticism from civil liberties groups regarding various issues of free speech, including the heavy and repressive police presence during the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and his handling of the Stop Snitchin' controversy.
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