About Maura

Boston City Councillor Maura Hennigan has proudly served on the Boston City Council for over 23 years.

After graduating from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton, Maura attended Salve Regina College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For seven years, Maura taught in the Boston Public School system, at the elementary, junior high and high school levels.

As a Boston City Councillor, Maura has become a leader on the Cityís key issues, earning her posts on the Councilís most important committees. Maura became the first woman to head the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which she chaired for 7 years. Maura has also served as chair of Government Operations, the Committee on Veterans and Veterans Service Organization, and the Special Committee on Equity. She has served as a member of the Housing, Public Health and Urban Resources Committees. Currently, in 2003 she is chair of the Hunger and Homeless Committee.

Mauraís current priorities are education, housing, public safety, public health, and development issues. A strong supporter of public schools, Maura initiated and led efforts to create the Patrick J. Lyndon Pilot School in West Roxbury. As the first woman to serve as chair of the Ways and Means Committee, she secured funding for Bostons first citywide mammography van, which brought badly-needed mammography services to women citywide. She also is a strong advocate for helping Bostonians become more financially literate and independent through financial literacy programs and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). In support of the concept of IDAs, Maura gave her $7,000 pay increase to 7 Boston non-profits to help them explore setting up IDA programs for their members.

One of Maura's major priorities combines the issues of public safety and basic city services - sidewalk and street hazards (potholes). After breaking her own ankle in a pothole back in May of 2003 while marching in the Haitian Unity Parade, Maura has been relentless in educating herself and the public about the situation and the logical solution no further Bostonians incur damages to themselves or their property. In October of 2003, she launched a website to identify and track potholes and sidewalk hazards in the city of Boston: www.boston.potholeweb.com. In June, she released a sidewalk and street hazard (pothole) petition that urges Mayor Menino to instruct his Commissioner of Public Works to release the over $22 million dollars that is intended for the permanent repair of all street and sidewalk hazards (potholes), but is not being used as intended.

Lastly, Maura sponsored the first girls youth soccer team in Jamaica Plain, an outdoor enthusiast, and an avid runner that has participated in various races: Race for the Cure in Brighton, South Boston's Run for Ovarian Cancer, West Roxbury's Corrib 5k Race, as well as many others.

 

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