Blog Posts

  • PRESS RELEASE: Zakim to Examine Access to Parking for Health Care Attendants

    Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim filed a hearing order to examine the city’s current process for granting parking permits to in-home health care attendants serving City of Boston residents...

  • Press Release: Re-affirming Boston's Commitment to the Trust Act

    On the heels of Governor Baker's recent decision to allow the Massachusetts State Police to detain individuals based on immigration status and without a criminal warrant, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim introduced a unanimously passed resolution reaffirming the City of Boston's refusal to adopt such a practice...

  • Starting off the New Year and a New Term

    As I begin my second term as your city councilor, I want to thank you for your support--at the polls, in the neighborhoods and personally--that continues to make this work possible! I’m truly looking forward to seeing our hard work continue to create positive change for the residents of District 8 and the City of Boston...

  • Natural Gas Leaks in the City of Boston

    On July 15th Councilor O’Malley and I sponsored an order for a hearing on the natural gas leak crisis we face here in Boston.  The pipelines that compose the complicated system of gas infrastructure are, in many places, decades old.  This has led to a growing number of leaks scattered throughout the city...

  • Resolution Regarding Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    On June 24, along with Councilors Jackson and Wu, I introduced a resolution to the City Council regarding the plight faced by immigrant children in our city. In the past year, the City of Boston has received 1,646 unaccompanied child immigrants among the nearly 70,000 who have come from Central America...

  • Approving the FY2016 Budget

    This past week I joined eleven of my fellow councilors in approving the city’s budget for the 2016 fiscal year. It is the product of 29 hearings and months of discussion between the council and the mayor’s office...

  • Press Release: Protecting Housing for LGBT Seniors

    City Councilor Josh Zakim introduced a hearing order at today's Boston City Council meeting that will bring together city officials and advocates from Boston's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community. The hearing will focus on safeguarding the rights of Boston's LGBT senior citizens...

  • City Council Hearing on Late-Night MBTA Service

    Last year, the MBTA launched a pilot program to test late-night bus and train service on weekends, extending service to around 2:30 am on most lines. Over the course of this one-year pilot, nearly one million rides have been taken during extended hours...

  • Protecting Fenway Resident Parking

    On February 4th I introduced a bill in the City Council that would increase the fines for resident parking violations in the Fenway/Kenmore area from $40.00 to $100.00 during Red Sox games and other large Fenway Park events...

  • Press Release: Giving Bostonians a Say on the Olympics

    City Councilor Josh Zakim announced today that he has filed an order for four nonbinding ballot questions regarding the 2024 Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games. Zakim will present the order to the full Boston City Council at its next meeting on Wednesday, February 4 at 12:00 p.m...