Saying he's 'back to a mayor's schedule, but not a Menino schedule,' after recent health challenges, the mayor said his energetic style was 'the only way' he knew to lead Boston.
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After some 20 years leading what he calls “the city I love,” Thomas Menino announced Thursday he would not seek a sixth term as Boston’s mayor.
The move came with his popularity high and passion undimmed. But health challenges, he said, have made it unlikely he could do the job with the all-in style he prefers.
Referring to a period of convalescence and physical therapy, he told a cheering crowd of colleagues at Boston’s landmark Faneuil Hall that “I’m back to a mayor’s schedule, but not a Menino schedule.”
Dawn-to-dark workdays, traversing the city’s parks, schools and homeless shelters “may not be the only way to lead Boston, but it’s the only way for me,” he said.
Mr. Menino still has nine months to go in his fifth term as mayor, and his two decades on the job makes him one of America’s longest-serving big-city mayors. During a tenure free of major scandals, he presided over an era of economic revitalization and falling crime rates, and helped burnish the city’s image as an attractive place to live as well as work.