Latest News - Breanna Lungo-Koehn for Mayor

Climate Action & Adaptation Plan Executive Summary Now Available!

I'm excited to share that, together with the Office of Planning, Development and Sustainability we released the Executive Summary of our Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The full plan will be ready to release later this fall, but the Executive Summary includes an overview of 32 strategies across four focus areas: Buildings & Energy, Ecosystems & Natural Environment, Public Health, and Transportation. This Plan will be critical in helping us take bold decisive action, and to continue on actions we have already started, to help shape the future of Medford and deliver a truly sustainable city for future generations.
While the Plan sets short-, medium-, and long-range strategies for addressing climate resiliency, we are already hard at work on several strategies and actions like protecting and growing our tree canopy, investing in stormwater maintenance, installing solar panels, increasing local food system resilience, and more.
Thank you to Alicia Hunt and her team in the Office of Planning, Development, and Sustainability for all of their incredible work in developing this plan and summary!
This month, the City signed onto the global Cities Race to Zero Campaign, committing to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. 

Check Out Medford's New Business Resource Guide!

Thanks to the hard work of the Welcoming Committee I formed in 2020, Medford has a brand new Small Business Resource Guide and webpage to support both new and existing small businesses in our city. Our small businesses bring incredible value to our community, and we're excited to continue to grow our resources and supports, especially working with our Economic Development Director and team, to help them thrive and expand. 

Head over to www.medfordma.org/business-resources to see the new guide!


Thank you! Now, onto November 2nd!

I am grateful for the strong vote of confidence from the people of Medford in today’s preliminary election. In every corner of the City, people from all different backgrounds responded to our positive message of progress and possibilities for our entire community. 

It’s a privilege to be able to do the job that I love, working with and for the residents of Medford.I am humbled by your support, but tonight is just the first step, there is so much more we have to do and I need your help to make this City a better place for all of us. I am up for this challenge, and I am excited to get right back to work with all of you.

The hard work has just begun. But together, we will keep moving Medford forward.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, onto November 2nd!


Mayor Lungo-Koehn Releases Pavement & Sidewalk Assessement, Moving Forward with Infrastructure Plans

By far, one of the most consistent concerns I have heard from residents in my nearly two decades of public service – as a City Councilor and now as Mayor – has been the deplorable conditions of Medford’s streets. As a diverse and thriving city, and a community whose streets serve as connections to our own neighborhoods and local businesses as well as surrounding communities, it is no surprise that our entire road network has experienced more than its fair share of wear and tear. What is surprising, and quite frankly unacceptable, is how long the can has been kicked down the road when it comes to addressing the issue and making our streets a priority.

For decades, Medford’s solution to addressing our city’s aging roadway infrastructure has been to rely on Chapter 90 funding, which at best has provided no more than $1 million per year to address deep and significant needs in our infrastructure. In short, this funding barely covers minimum repairs to a few select streets each year and has not come close to addressing the severe backlog and needs of our roads which have continued to deteriorate over the last several decades.

Well, the buck stops here.

We are already getting to work putting a plan into place to address some of our roadway needs as early as this fiscal year.

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Mayor Lungo-Koehn Cancels Contract with ParkMedford, Bringing Parking Enforcement In-House

The City of Medford is officially launching a plan to bring parking policy and enforcement under the City’s administration, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced this week. The City’s existing contract with ParkMedford, a third-party vendor, expires in January 2022. The City has sent notice to ParkMedford that it will not exercise its option to extend that contract by three years, opting instead to transition to a full Parking Department operated fully by the City of Medford.

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Mayor, City Officials, City Staff Furthering Commitment to Equity in Medford

Through the City's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant and as part of the City's commitment to equity, Mayor Lungo-Koehn, several City officials and City staff recently atteneded a professional development training series, “Setting the Conditions to Create People-Centered Partnerships to Address Inequity in Medford.” This professional development was provided to community-based organizations, elected officials, and city staff. 

The trainings were presented by Maryann Broxton, ATD Fourth World Activist and Coordinator for their Multidimensional Aspects of Poverty (MAP) research. The trainings are intended to deepen our collective community knowledge and understanding of inequity and how to best address it in Medford. The trainings are developed for institutions willing to create space for meaningful and equal participation of individuals with lived experience in identifying solutions to complex problems. 


2022 City Budget PASSED

June 29, 2021 - Medford City Hall

I was proud to stand before the City Council last night to address final questions and discuss amendments I suggested to our original FY22 budget proposal, which was approved by a 5-2 vote.

After spending 18 years on the City Council I have experienced my fair share of budget hearings. I know how seriously Councilors take their responsibilities during the budget process, and I wanted to be there in person to answer questions and talk through concerns. Also having served on that Council, I know it is uncommon for a Mayor to be this directly involved, but it was my honor to present both our original budget and our amended budget last night alongside our Finance team.

Mayor talking to CC about the budget

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Knights of Columbus

Happy 125th Anniversary to the Knights of Columbus. Thank you for all that you do for the community.

Knights of Columbus 2021

Bangladeshi American Foundation

The New England Bangladeshi American Foundation partnered with the Islamic Cultural Center of Mefford to host a vaccine clinic today!

I was happy to visit and say thank you to these strong Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists who volunteered.

The next clinic at ICCM is on July 17th from 10am-1pm. All are welcome!
 
Bangladeshi American Foundation

Upgrades to Fire Stations Underway, RFQ Issued for Headquarters

This week, the City of Medford issued a Request for Qualifications to begin the process of design feasibility for a new or renovated Headquarters for the Medford Fire Department. The RFQ seeks qualifications for an Owner’s Project Manager to guide the process, which we to begin in late summer or early fall 2021. This is the latest in a series of steps we have taken since fall 2020 to update all of the current fire department facilities throughout the City. Renovations and upgrades have been ongoing since February 2021, just prior to the release of a final report from the Mayor’s Task Force on Fire Department Facilities. To date, upgrades have included:

  • Release of RFQ for Owners Project Manager for Fire Headquarters
  • Contracting professional services for structural review of the Engine 3 Apparatus Bay Floor
  • Roof renovations or replacement at Engines 2-6
  • Kitchen Renovations at Engines 2 & 5
  • Replacing light fixtures at Engines 2-6 with energy efficient fixtures
  • Replacing electrical outlets and switches at Engines 2-6
  • Repairing or replacing overhead doors at Engines 2-6
  • Installation of water re-circulator at Engine 6
  • Repairing or replacing window shades
  • Reviewing heating/cooling systems at Engine 5

Mobile Office Hours - Danish Pastry House - 6-24-21

Kicked off my mobile office hours this morning at the Danish Pastry House!

Thanks to Christine Barber - State Representative and all the residents who attended. It was great meeting and talking with people in person and hearing about how we can make our City better!

I'll be going all around the community this summer holding more sessions so be sure to check medfordma.org for upcoming dates and locations.

Charter Review 2021

This morning, I proudly testified before the State's Joint Committee on Election Laws in full support of Medford's Home Rule Petition to create a local Charter Commission. You can read the full text of my testimony below. If you would like to sign on in support of our Home Rule Petition, you can visit the following link to add your name to a petition we will send as part of the formal record later this week.

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Home Rule Petition

Medford’s Home Rule Petition for a local Charter Review Commission will be discussed at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 23rd. The State’s Joint Committee on Election Laws will discuss the Home Rule Petition as part of the day’s session, beginning at 10:00am. The hearing will be held virtually. Anyone wishing to testify can submit written testimony by Friday, June 25th at 3:00pm to [email protected] and [email protected].

You can also sign onto a petition in support of the City’s Home Rule Petition by filling out a Google form, here: https://forms.gle/u8tDSRNCRaexiPDd8, that the City will submit this week.

To watch the live stream of the day’s hearing(s), you can visit https://malegislature.gov/events.

Mobile Office Hours - Danish Pastry House

Join me this Thursday, 6/24 from 9-10am, at Danish Pastry House on Boston Ave. for the first in a series of upcoming Mobile Office Hours!

I plan to continue Mobile Office Hours at locations throughout the city at least once each month. Whether you have a question, concern, or just want to have a chat and a cup of coffee, I look forward to meeting with you!

For me, involving the community in all that we do within City government is important and something I care deeply about. Over the last year and a half we have not had many opportunities to work together, face-to-face, and I want to create as many opportunities as possible to do just that. I want to meet residents and business owners and employees where you are – out at a local business, at a playground with your family, or wherever you happen to be. I am really looking forward to meeting with our community members and hearing directly from you about issues that you care most about.
Offic Hours - Danish Pastry

Re-opening Address

It was such an honor to deliver my Reopening Address last night and recognize all the incredible work being done throughout our departments.

Also glad to share some updates on how we're reopening Medford stronger than ever!  Missed it? Click the link to view the speech in its entirety. https://medford.vod.castus.tv/vod/...

Mark Wahlberg spotted at his F45 Training gym in Medford, works out with Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn


Mark Wahlberg Drops By Medford Gym, Talks Reopening with Medford Mayor

 

Mark Wahlberg Drops By Medford Gym, Talks Reopening with Medford Mayor - MSN.com/Medford Patch, June 3, 2021

Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn and actor Mark Wahlberg after a workout at F45 Fitness in Medford


Mayor Lungo-Koehn running for re-election


Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn Running For Re-Election, Medford Transcript, April 19, 2021


U.S. Rep. Clark Tours Medford School, Praises Federal Relief Plan

 

U.S. Rep. Clark Tours Medford School, Praises Federal Relief Plan, Medford Patch, April 14, 2021

Congresswoman Clark, with Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn, spoke about the difference the American Rescue Plan has made for families, communities, and students in Medford. (Photo Credit: Congresswoman Katherine Clark/Medford Transcript)


‘This is our moment’: In Medford, Katherine Clark says federal funding makes full-time, in-person learning possible


Medford Mayor Lungo-Koehn proposes investments totaling $107.6 million over 6 years, Tufts Daily News


City Receives “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for Fiscal Year 2021 Municipal Budget

This is the first time Medford has received the prestigious national GFOA Award for its municipal budget.

 The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

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The City of Medford has received the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Fiscal Year 2021 municipal budget, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced today. Medford submitted the FY21 budget for consideration in September 2020, and GFOA awards were announced in March 2021. This marks the first time the City of Medford has received the award, the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. According to the GFOA, the award “represents a significant achievement” by a municipality that “reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

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Consultant Selected for Medford's Comprehensive Master Planning Process

Agency Landscape + Planning, a local, women-owned practice, selected from 8 proposals to lead Medford’s Comprehensive Master Planning process.

Volunteers sought for Steering Committee, other opportunities for engagement.

Medford’s Comprehensive Master Plan process will place an emphasis on public participation and inclusion.

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Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn and Alicia Hunt, Director of the Office of Community Development, Energy & Environment announced today that the City has selected a consultant to begin the City’s Comprehensive Master Planning process. Following a Request for Proposals and selection committee interviews in December 2020, the City selected Agency Landscape + Planning to lead the Medford Comprehensive Planning process. In its Request for Proposals the City specified a desire for a consultant that would place a large emphasis on public participation, and one with a demonstrated history of techniques designed to engage with a diverse community.

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Promise made; Promise kept - SeeClickFix

Medford Revamps, Relaunches “SeeClickFix” Reporting Platform for Service Requests, Concerns

 

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Residents encouraged to submit, track non-emergency service requests by using mobile app or visiting the improved website at www.medfordma.org/SeeClickFix

 City will use regular reports and data to maintain accountability for requests, provide more communication to users.

 A larger number of City staff is now trained on using, responding to requests through the platform.

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Promise made; Promise kept - Capital Improvement Plan

FY21-FY26 Draft Capital Improvement Plan

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On February 24, 2021, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn released a draft of the City’s first-ever comprehensive 6-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP). Created through an intensive multi-departmental effort and led by a team at the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston, the CIP for proposes a 6-year investment plan for prioritizing roadway quality, parks and open spaces, fleet and infrastructure investments and management, and modern water and wastewater infrastructure. The multi-departmental effort included both the City administration and the Medford Public Schools.

To view a video of the February 24th presentation given by the Mayor and staff from the Collins Center, visit this link

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