Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Marathon Bomber & City's Future

Monday, February 03, 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. (City of Boston/Twitter)

When Boston Mayor Martin Walsh took office in January, he became the city’s first new mayor in two decades.

A progressive Democrat, Mayor Walsh was born to Irish Catholic parents. He grew up in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood during a time of deep racial divides in the city, and witnessed the consequences of segregated busing as a child—an experience that would become a moment of truth and a learning experience that taught Mayor Walsh about race in America.

Though much remains to be seen, the new mayor’s leadership has already been tested in the few weeks since he took office. As he settles into his new role, one of his biggest challenges will be leading the city back towards a place of security and safety following last year's marathon bombings, and focusing on issues of unemployment and underachieving schools that continue to plague many of the city's neighborhoods.

Today Mayor Walsh shares his reaction to the news that the federal government will seek the death penalty for Dzokhar Tsarnaev and some of the challenges he faces in tackling inequality in the city. 

Guests:

Marty Walsh

Produced by:

Abbie Ruzicka

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Dennis from Texas

Convenient. The mayor does not believe in the death penalty philosophically but when it occurs in your own backyard (and maybe is politically correct to) has no problem with the death penalty being implemented.

I no longer support the death penalty because the reasons given for it are hypocritical. The current implementation does not deter the behavior it is intended to defer. It costs too much (more to give death than give life imprison is illogical. The more money you have to defend yourself the less likely you get that sentence. It appears to me that it is revenge imposed upon those defendants not wealthy enough to get the A defense.

Feb. 03 2014 12:35 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The first hurdle for Boston's recovery from the bombing will be the next Boston Marathon.

Feb. 03 2014 12:18 PM

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