2.8 min readBy Published On: November 3rd, 2019Categories: News0 Comments

Boston, MA – With the election upon us next Tuesday, Nov. 5th, I would like to extend
 my best wishes to my neighbors, friends, and constituents and to thank you for the 
hospitality you have extended to my family, my staff and I at civic meetings and events 
across our district. I have had the pleasure of meeting many new neighbors and 
becoming reacquainted with so many longtime friends. I have worked hard every day for
 our residents and respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 5th.

Throughout this term, I have used my position of public trust to speak out on many
 important issues through City Council Hearings, community meetings, press releases 
and letters, social media platforms, with our civic groups and at neighborhood office 
hours.

As the Boston City Councilor for District 2, my focus has always remained on 
public safety, housing stability & affordability, and social & economic justice for our
 residents and families.
 In terms of public safety, I have been a strong advocate for the safety of pedestrians
 and all on our roads.

I created a 12 point plan and held hearings to advocate for traffic
 calming measures through infrastructure improvements, slower speeds and increased
 enforcement. I also called for hearings to be held on TNCs (Uber/Lyft), and held
 hearings on gas leaks and natural gas infrastructure in our city, domestic violence and 
sexual assault, and stray voltage harmful to our pets and residents.

When it comes to housing, I called for and held hearings with Councilor Michael 
Flaherty on affordable housing and the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) so that it 
can be updated to help keep working families in Boston. I will hold a hearing on
 November 14th regarding the implementation of the Short-Term Rental (Airbnb) 
ordinance to ensure investor units and large corporations are no longer operating in the
city.

I passed an ordinance with Councilor Lydia Edwards to help seniors who have
 fallen behind on their property taxes to pay with reduced interest and on more 
affordable terms. I continue to advocate for 3 Family zoning in areas of the district to
 maintain the character of our neighborhoods.
I have always stood with our working families seeking fair & living wages, affordable
 healthcare, safe working conditions and a secure retirement. Whether it was United
 Steelworkers during the National Grid lockout, Unite Here Local 26 at Marriott Hotels or
 most recently at Battery Wharf, UFCW 1445 at Stop & Shop or Macy’s, my family and I
 were proud to stand with organized labor. I also joined workers and advocates fighting 
against wage theft.

In addition, I held hearings regarding accessibility issues for persons with disabilities in
 the City of Boston. With accessibility and inclusion in mind, I continue to advocate for
 language access programs at BPS, and my staff posts social media messages in 
Spanish and Chinese.
 
Government serves us best when it addresses the concerns of its citizens & civic
 organizations seriously.

I have not just listened to your concerns, but have been out
 front and taken the lead on issues affecting our basic government services. I promise to 
continue to advocate on behalf of the people of District 2. I thank you for your support 
and respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 5th.

I will continue to listen to 
your feedback, be accessible, and work hard to deliver results for all of our
 neighborhoods.

Sincerely,

Ed Flynn
 Boston City Councilor, District 2

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