Thursday, March 25, 2021

Boston City Council Looks At Vaccines, Separation of Powers, Preliminary Election & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. Below are some highlights from March 24, 2021 Boston City Council meeting: 


Vaccine Access for Domestic and Essential Workers: The Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution from Councilors Edwards and Breadon in support of all domestic workers and essential workers in need of immediate Covid-19 vaccine access.

Separation of Powers: The Council voted to adopt amendments to the Council rules filed by Councilor Bok to add a Rule #51 to codify the separation of powers in the event of a mayoral vacancy. 


Resignation of Mayor Martin J. Walsh: The Council accepted the letter of resignation from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, effective March 22, 2021 at 9PM, given his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. (Placed on file)

Communication from City Council President Kim Janey: The Council accepted the letter from Mayor Kim Janey regarding her transition to her new role as acting Mayor of the City of Boston. (Placed on file)

Preliminary Election: The Mayor introduced an Order to change the date of the preliminary election from September 21, 2021 to September 14, 2021, to enable enough time to certify election results before the general election on November 3, 2021, given a potential expansion of vote by mail. This matter was referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Streaming online at

  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, March 31th at 12PM.

  • Thursday, March 25 at 10AM: Working session regarding an ordinance to establish guidelines for permitting retail residential kitchens and a text amendment for the Boston Zoning Code to add retail residential kitchens as an accessory home occupation (Committee on Small Business and Workforce Development)

  • Thursday, March 25 at 1PM: Hearing regarding an $80,000 grant for the FY21 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program/Recycling Dividends (Committee on City and Neighborhood Services)

  • Thursday, March 25 at 5PM: Hearing regarding appropriations recommended by the City of Boston Community Preservation Committee for community preservation projects (Community Preservation Committee)

  • Friday, March 26 at 9:30AM: Hearing regarding green and social bonds (Committee on Post Audit and Oversight)

  • Monday, March 29 at 10AM: Hearing regarding an ordinance requiring equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution and an ordinance extending paid sick leave for COB employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (Committee on Government Operations)

  • Monday, March 29 at 1PM: Hearing regarding a petition from A Yankee Line for a license to operate motor vehicles for the carriage of passengers for hire (Committee on City and Neighborhood Services)  

  • Tuesday, March 30 at 9AM: Hearing regarding zoning relief for 100% affordable and deeply affordable projects (Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation)

  • Tuesday, March 30 at 1PM: Hearing to discuss ways for the City to prevent and investigate instances of hate crimes and discirmination (Committee on Civil Rights)

  • Tuesday, March 30 at 4PM: Hearing regarding the state of affordable housing as to Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy (Committee on Housing and Community Development)

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