2020 will go down as one of the most challenging and pivotal years in our city’s history. We came together to face a devastating pandemic, and launched an all-hands-on-deck effort to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. At the same time, we reckoned with the social and racial inequalities that have persisted for far too long in our country. At every turn, I have been deeply humbled and inspired by the people of Boston; by their strength; their generosity; and their commitment to working together to emerge from this difficult year more resilient and united than ever before…


In 2019, the City of Boston, alongside our Massachusetts legislators, filed a comprehensive legislative agenda with a common goal: make Boston a city where everyone has opportunities to thrive.

While our lives look different than they did two years ago, the partnership between the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Legislature and the Governor to resolve our biggest hardship remains steadfast. We’ve created opportunities for engagement and helped move our vision forward, together.

From affordable housing to economic mobility to workforce development to education, we saw major priorities enacted into law this 2019–2021 session:

  • Leveraging Boston’s building boom to create more…

Below are Mayor Walsh remarks as prepared for Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Good evening, my fellow Bostonians. One year ago, I delivered my State of the City address at Symphony Hall with an audience of over 2,000 people. Together, we celebrated our city and I laid out plans to move Boston forward in 2020.

The year turned out different than we expected, to say the least. Tonight, we may not be in the same room. But we are still together, united by our belief in Boston. And we are still moving forward.

I’m joining you live from one of…


2020 was an incredibly challenging important year. See it through the lens of the City of Boston’s Photography team.

Mayor Walsh delivers the State of the City address at Symphony Hall. (Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel Leon — January 7, 2020)


Below are Mayor Walsh’s remarks for December 14, 2020.

I want to start with a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on the eight-year anniversary of that tragedy. Twenty-six people were killed that day, including 20 children and six school staff members. They and their families are in our thoughts and prayers today.

State numbers yesterday (Sunday): 4,677 new confirmed cases; the total is now 279,574. Forty-one new deaths were reported, for a total of 11,098.

In Boston today (Monday): 374 new confirmed cases, for a total of 33,323. …


Below are Mayor Walsh’s remarks for December 3, 2020.

The state numbers yesterday (Wednesday): there were 4,613 new confirmed cases, for a total now of 225,787. There were 46 new deaths reported, and 10,588 people have now passed away.

In Boston yesterday (Wednesday), there were 418 new confirmed cases, for a total of 28,053. No new deaths today, and the total is 925.

Our prayers are with the families and those who are suffering.

Testing data for the week ending on November 26: We had an average of 4,570 people tested each day, down from 4,800 the week before. That…


Below are Mayor Walsh’s remarks for December 1, 2020.

State numbers yesterday (Monday): there were 1,166 new confirmed cases, for a total of 218,329. There were 25 new deaths reported, and 10,512 people have now passed away.

In Boston today (Tuesday): there were 407 new confirmed cases, for a total of 27,635. There were no new deaths today. But, since Friday, we had 11 new deaths reported. The total is now 919.

Our prayers are with the families of those who passed and all those who are suffering.

Testing data for the week ending on November 23: We had an…


Below are Mayor Walsh’s remarks prepared for November 25, 2020.

The state numbers yesterday (Tuesday): 2,225 new confirmed cases, for a total of 204,060 cases. There were 20 new deaths reported, and 10,319 people have now passed away.

In Boston yesterday: 187 new confirmed cases, for a total of 25,962. One new death was recorded yesterday. The total is now 903.

This Thanksgiving, our prayers are with the families who lost loved ones and all those suffering due to COVID-19.

Testing data: For the week ending on November 20, we had an average of nearly 4,800 people tested each day…


Last week, I became Chair of the U.S. Climate Mayors, a national coalition of more than 450 American cities that are taking bold action to fight climate change. On Tuesday, November 17, I participated in a national conversation with my fellow Climate Mayor Latoya Cantrell of New Orleans, and Director of the World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof. We discussed the ways in which climate change is already impacting people in our cities, and the most immediate steps the United States must take in order to prevent irreversible damage to our planet.

A recording of the conversation is available here.

Read…


Below are Mayor Walsh’s remarks for Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

The state numbers: yesterday, there were 1,967 new confirmed cases, for a total of 184,511 cases. There were 12 new deaths reported, bringing the total number of people passed away from COVID-19 in the Commonwealth to 10,110.

In Boston yesterday, we had 293 new confirmed cases, for a total of 24,159. We had four new deaths since Friday. The total is 888.

We keep the people sick and suffering with COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers. …

Marty Walsh

Mayor of @CityofBoston

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