New Boston mayor promises to focus on crime, schools

New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh are pictured after speaking to the press outside the West Wing of the White House in WashingtonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston’s first new mayor in 20 years, former state representative Martin Walsh, vowed on Monday to focus on cutting the city’s violent-crime rates and improving its school system. The former teacher addressed the challenges of two big appointments that he will make after being sworn in as Boston’s 54th mayor – the city’s next police commissioner and school superintendent. “No parent should worry that a bullet will stop a daughter or son from coming home,” said Walsh, who succeeds Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s long history. “We must find a way to provide our families and our communities with the help they need when they need it.” Boston’s last police commissioner, Ed Davis, who rose to national prominence for his calm leadership following the April 15 bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, stepped aside last year to make room for Menino’s successor to pick a new leader.

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