Maura In The News

Out-of-towner gets BRA job
By Elisabeth J. Beardsley
Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has tapped a repeat political donor who doesn't live in Boston - a no-no under city residency rules - to serve as his top lawyer at the powerful Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Cambridge resident Rebecca A. Lee, a partner at Boston law firm Goodwin Procter, is now scrambling to move to Chinatown so she can start work by the end of September.

Lee sold her Cambridge condo June 23, aides said, the same month she gave Menino the maximum-allowable $500 contribution for the second year in a row, records show.

``She will comply with the residency requirement,'' said Menino spokesman Seth Gitell, who added ``certainly not'' when asked if Lee's donations influenced her hiring.

Lee was one of the few fresh faces yesterday when Menino unveiled a new pre-campaign brain trust packed with insiders and loyalists, including the installation of neighborhood services czar Michael Kineavy in a key role for doling out patronage.

``Clearly, it is to maintain the political army,'' City Councilor Maura Hennigan said of the mayor's appointments.

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