1 min readBy Published On: December 27th, 2013Categories: News6 Comments on Mike Flaherty says

help a city out, Menino.

You’ve seen the signs.  Welcome to South Boston – with Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s name underneath.  Over 1,800 signs like that cover the city, identifying playgrounds, community centers, and even trash cans – all bearing Menino’s name.  So now what happens when Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh takes over?  Eventually, the name needs to change.  A daunting task to say the least and expensive one at that.  Southie resident and city councilor elect, Michael Flaherty thinks Menino should pitch in and help.

According to the Boston Herald, Flaherty thinks it would be a class act move on Menino’s part. “It would be a nice gesture by Tom to save the taxpayers the expense by using his leftover campaign war chest to remove his name from all these signs and put the new mayor’s name on them.”  Menino has over $400,000 in his campaign funds. 

Menino’s not biting though and it seems low on Walsh’ priority list, so for now, the City of Boston will have a new mayor and old signs.  Our quick solution?  Maybe some duct tape and a Sharpie marker?



  1. TMC December 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    I always felt that this method of ” Branding ” at the taxpayers expense should be outlawed.
    When you break It down the Mayor is an employee of the city.
    The citizens should not have to bear the expense of a politician paying tribute to himself.
  2. Paul Gannon December 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    This is ridiculous. Many signs showed Ray Flynn’s name for years after he left for the Vatican. Generally, the name gets replaced when te sign gets replaced. We have far more important things to worry about that who’s name a sign has on it. Mikey Flaherty should have other more important things on his mind as well. Imagine dispatching workers to change a name in small print? How petty?
  3. Flaherty December 28, 2013 at 3:46 am
    How can anyone take this guy seriously ? Everything he does is a publicity stunt
  4. Flaherty December 28, 2013 at 3:46 am
    How can anyone take this guy seriously ? Everything he does is a publicity stunt
  5. Anonymous December 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I think they should stop the practice all together. The mayors name does not need to be on City signage period. Lets pass a law forbidding it and let these ones roll off as they need to be replaced. Its simply one giant expensive ego trip for the mayors as well as a shady way of low voltage campaigning for the incumbant.  

  6. Anonymous December 31, 2013 at 4:41 am
    I’m sure he has someone with the same last name in mind to do the name scrubbing. The only people he has ever helped have flaherty as their last name

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