81st Annual Meeting: June 21-24, 2013 in Las Vegas

HONORING THOMAS M. MENINO – MAYOR OF BOSTON

WHEREAS, Boston’s longest serving Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, has decided not to run for re-election; and

WHEREAS, in granting an honorary degree from Harvard this month, President Drew Faust lauded Mayor Menino’s transition from “urban mechanic to urban legend;” and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino has served as President of The United States Conference of Mayors, advancing the issues of housing, education and youth development nationally and ultimately advancing the causes of America’s cities and people; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino has been the founding Chair of two USCM Task Forces – one on Education and the other on Food Policy, thereby keeping Mayors in the forefront of both priority and emerging issues; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino has stood strong in the face of youth violence and gun violence, creating the Mayors Against Illegal Guns with Mayor Michael Bloomberg – in an effort to stop the plague of gun violence in our cities and our neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino has generously and enthusiastically shared Boston’s ideas with his colleagues – helping to replicate the Office of New Urban Mechanics in Philadelphia, the Office of Neighborhood Services in Providence, and the Citizens Connect program in many Massachusetts cities and towns; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino recognized that being Mayor is the “best job in America” and that if you aren’t helping people, you aren’t doing your job; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino gets his energy and vitality from the neighborhoods, believes that politics must be inclusive, and has  a tangible connection to the people of Boston, having met over half of the City’s residents; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino brought clarity to so many issues – the important role of Mayors in education whether or not you control your schools; the value of public housing and giving people “a front door, a back door, and a little piece of grass”, the importance of closing the gap regarding racial and ethnic health disparities, the value of community policing and making residents feel safe; and

WHEREAS, as the “Urban Mechanic,” Mayor Menino has focused on the importance of providing core traditional services and the way in which they are delivered; and

WHEREAS,  Mayor Menino rallied the people of Boston and beyond in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks, checking himself out of the hospital to be on the front lines, supporting the victims, first responders, local businesses and residents and establishing the One Fund for victims, which has raised over $50 million; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino is leaving a legacy focused on people not buildings, bringing opportunities to those without and a reminder of what is important by virtue of his values – equality, empathy and most of all honesty; and

WHEREAS, under Mayor Menino’s leadership, Boston is booming in every way economically with its world class focus on innovation and biotechnology;  environmentally through efforts around energy and environmental sustainability; in the neighborhoods with its strong business districts and expanded parks; through efforts focused on early childhood education and education reform; and through its partnerships with its business community resulting in 10,000 summer jobs for young people this year; and

WHEREAS, Mayor Menino would like to be known as just a kid from Hyde Park who did his job but rather he will be known for his small actions that altogether made a big imprint in Boston and across the nation,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors thanks Mayor Tom Menino for his service to America’s cities and The United States Conference of Mayors and for his partnership with his fellow Mayors and recognizes his successful tenure as Mayor and the leadership he has provided to the people of Boston; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors wishes  Angela Menino and the Menino Family including the six Menino grandchildren well in the days ahead; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors wishes Mayor Menino all the best as he begins a new phase of “helping people” on January 6, 2014.


RESOLUTION ADOPTED JUNE 2013