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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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.

    Office Hours - Danish Pastry House - 6-23-21
  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • 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)

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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

    Access Passcode: =P0*akr8

  • Medford mayor puts together ambitious social, governmental agenda for 2021


    Medford mayor puts together ambitious social, governmental agenda for 2021
    , Medford Transcript, February 8, 2021

    Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn inside her office at Medford City Hall on
    Friday, February, 5, 2021. Wicked Local Staff Photo/David Sokol

  • Medford mayor puts together ambitious social, governmental agenda for 2021

    Kinga Borondy / [email protected]ckedlocal.com
    February 8, 2021
    News Link

    There is no question, the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on the new mayor of Medford, challenging her very ambitious social and governmental agenda and robbing her of the hallmarks of her personal governing style: the desire to include all city residents in governance, the love of planning events and the ability to reach out and hug her constituents.

    “I’m known for my hugs,” Breanna Lungo-Koehn said, a year into her first term. “Now, I just give the elbow.”

    The toughest challenge, she admits, has been to change gears from her ambition of bringing transparency to local government to focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We had to adjust,” said Lungo-Koehn. “We are moving the city forward as much as we can with COVID, our job now is to keep residents safe, healthy and sane.”

  • Baker plugs funds, restaurant dining, Commonwealth Magazine

     

    Baker plugs funds, restaurant dining, Commonwealth Magazine, September 10, 2020



    Vittorio Ettore
    , right, welcomes from left, Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Gov. Charlie Baker, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. (Pool photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Boston Herald)

  • Breanna Lungo-Koehn Transition Plans

    November 18, 2019

    Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Mayor-Elect of Medford Announces Transition Plans

    Newly elected Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has formed a broad transition committee to offer advice and support in the coming transition.

    “When I ran for Mayor, I did so with the intent to seek out people across Medford for advice and hard work to make our amazing city even greater. I also knew I wanted to include people that think differently than I do. Transitions are always difficult but this group of committed volunteers has the talent, experience, and diversity that we need to have a successful transition.” Said Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn.

    The goals of the volunteer group will be to 1) create avenues for Medford residents to offer additional feedback on priorities, 2) combine that public feedback with their own diverse experience to create recommendations for Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn to consider as she takes office in January, and 3) begin the work of unifying Medford by offering a variety of perspectives a voice at the table.

    Lungo-Koehn has selected Sean Caron of Chandler Rd. to chair the Committee. Caron is currently Managing Director of Harvard University Real Estate. He previously served as Chief of Operations at the Community Builders, Counsel for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Policy Director for Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. He was gubernatorial appointee to the Medford Housing Authority from 2012-2013 and also volunteers in Medford youth sports.

    Stephen Pompeo of Newton Rd. will serve as Assistant Chair. Pompeo brings a depth of experience as a successful Medford business owner and through his involvement in a host of civic issues and roles critical to our community. He has been a member of the Board of Assessors, Board of Park Commissioners, Director of the Medford Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of its Government Affairs Committee. Pompeo will not be joining the administration after the transition, and stated “The work to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption is just beginning, and I’m committed to assisting Breanna so she and her administration can hit the ground running in January.”

    Caron added ‘My role is to facilitate a process that results in the best ideas being put on the table for 2020. While I won’t be joining the Administration, the opportunity to serve in this volunteer capacity is a true honor. I am excited to do whatever I can to help position Medford for the positive, inclusive change Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn has called for.’

    Transition committee members include:
    (*descriptions and affiliations for identification purposes only)

    Sean Caron. Chair. Chandler Rd.

    Stephen Pompeo. Assistant Chair. Newton Rd.

    John Costas. Haines St. Owner, Medford Electronics. President, Medford Chamber of Commerce.

    Joan Cyr. Cedar Rd. North. Associate Director, Research Operations & Systems, Northeastern University. Member, Community Preservation Commission.

    Henry Milorin. Temple St. West Medford community leader, distinguished veteran, retired from systems programming at Fidelity.

    Penny Outlaw. High St. Co-President, Royall House & Slave Quarters. Chief Human Resources Officer at Partners in Health.

    Marielena P. Tecce, Psy.D. Sheridan Ave. Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  

     

    Transition subcommittee on schools

    Katie McCormack. Subcommittee Coordinator. Wildwood Rd. School finance administrator.

    Kristy Avino. Carberry St. Co-founder of the Citywide Elementary Alliance. Chair, Medford Disabilities Commission. Labor and Employment Attorney.

    Zac Bears. Fellsway West. Medford City Councilor-elect. Executive Director, PHENOM.

    Gwen Blackburn. Arlington St. West Medford community leader and former school administrator.

    Charlene Douglas, President of the teachers union

    Jenny Graham. Ronaele Rd. School Committee member-elect. Co-chair, Brooks PTO. Co-founding member, Citywide Elementary Alliance. Co-owner, Medford-based Zelus Consulting Group.

    Andy Milne. Quincy St. Teacher, Medford High School

    Angela Moore. Vine St. Parent & PTO Member, Andrews Middle School

    Dr. Phyllis Morrison, Andrews St. School administrator.

    Brian Villard. Teacher, MyGlynn Middle School

    Dr. Peter Cushing, Assistant Superintendent of Schools  

     

    Transition subcommittee on planning, growth and development

    Jean M. Nuzzo, PMP, CSL. Subcommittee Coordinator. Paris St. Senior project manager and change management consultant.

    Roberta Cameron. North St. Planner, Community Opportunities Group. Chair, Community Preservation Commission. Member, Medford Housing.

    Doug Carr. Boston Ave. Principal, CUBE3 Studio. Medford Brooks Estate Land Trust. Medford Historical Commission. Medford Community Preservation Committee.

    Chris D’Aveta, AICP. West St. Community Development Professional. Medford youth sports volunteer.

    Jacqueline Doherty, Esq. Monument St. Partner, the Doherty Law Firm.

    Ryan Lawlor, LEED AP. Main St. Director of Real Estate at Global Partners. Medford youth sports volunteer.

    Jim Lister. Winthrop St. Business Manager, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6.

    Melissa A. Miguel, P.E. Bowen Avenue. Supervising Engineer - City of Cambridge DPW.  

     

    Transition subcommittee on parking and city services

    Jim Silva. Subcommittee Coordinator. Yale St. Owner, Avlis Consulting. South Medford Residents Together. Arts Collaborative Medford. SafeMedford. GLX working group.

    Patricia Brady. Wason St. Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner, Patricia Brady and Associates.

    Erin DiBenedetto. Dearborn St. Outgoing School Committee member. Special education professional.

    Monique Devos. Grant Ave. Analyst, Nuance Communications, Inc.

    Michael Marks. Wellington Rd. Medford City Councilor.

    Anthony Puccio, Electrician/Voke Educator

    Within the general transition committee and the subcommittees, some potential topics for discussion will include financial management, capital planning and government efficiency, tools for transparency, reducing silos within government, advancing charter review, how to advance planning, how to ensure new development supports the character of our community, affordability for working families and seniors, advancing environmental sustainability, continuing momentum in the arts, supporting workers, and supporting local businesses, among others.

    The Committee and subcommittees will be scheduling public listening sessions over the coming six weeks to gather feedback from all corners of Medford. More details will be announced shortly

    In addition, Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn will be asking a group of volunteers to plan community service focused on the High School and potential other locations and an inaugural celebration.

     

    Community Service & Inaugural Celebration Subcommittees

    Kelly Catallo. Inaugural Celebration Chair. Otis St. CEO, Cosmopolitan Real Estate.

    Lisa Colaianni. Doonan St. Sales and Marketing Professional.

    Nicole Fortino. Educator.

    Lisa Nargi. Andrews St. Communications, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Megan Richard. Educator.

    Bill Carr Jr. MHS Service chair. Blakely Rd. President, Bay State Door Specialties. Community volunteer in youth sports and the Field of Dreams.

    Inauguration Details

    The tentative date for the Inauguration is Sunday, January 5th at 10am. A website will be established and shared in the coming days that will provide additional details on tickets and program.

    Other ways to get involved

    In addition, transition recommendations can be emailed to: [email protected]

    A survey will also available through Dec. 15th for any resident to fill out to share their views: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Medford2019Transition

    Lungo-Koehn would also like to highlight the following appreciation and thoughts: “Thank you for your ongoing engagement. Medford is strong and we’re going to get even stronger. We do so by working together. The feedback I receive through this process will help us hit the ground running come January. I am thrilled to tackle the hard work ahead. I know the challenges are difficult but also know we’re up for tackling them if we do so together as a unified City.”

     

     

  • Transition Plans

    We've started to take some concrete steps to plan the upcoming Mayoral transition and I wanted to share a few thoughts. 

    First, we've created a new email address to field any recommendations we should consider as part of the transition: [email protected].  Please share any suggestions or recommendations here. 

    Second, we've created a poll to seek additional feedback on priorities.  We would appreciate it if you spend 3 minutes completing this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Medford2019Transition  Feel free to share this publicly with any Medford resident or business owner. 

    Third, we've started to assemble a transition committee.  In addition to general recommendations, the committee will focus on i) schools, ii) parking and city services and iii) planning, growth and development.  The committee will also include a subcommittee who will plan a day of service during the first week of January in addition to the inaugural event itself.  The goals of the transition committee will be to i) create avenues for Medford residents to offer additional feedback on priorities, ii) combine that public feedback with their own diverse experience and create recommendations for me to consider when I take office on January 6th, and iii) begin the work of unifying Medford by offering a variety of perspectives a voice at the table. More to come on that in about a week. 

    Thank you for the kind notes and offers of support.  The past week has been a humbling experience and I am so grateful to all of you for your encouragement.

    All the best, 
    Breanna