Nonprofits! Got a New Mayor?

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Last night, many cities around the country elected new mayors. In Boston and New York there is already much discussion about what the election means for nonprofits and the communities they work in. In New York City, Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who, following twenty-four years of Republicans, glided to an easy win with 73 percent of the vote, is clearly a darling to some and a worry to others—depending on one’s affinity for charter schools, Central Park, and labor issues, among other things. In Boston, where the margin was much closer after two decades of Mayor Menino, we can boast a relatively progressive mayor in Marty Walsh who has major ties to labor and many neighborhood leaders endorsed him but what will his election mean for various neighborhoods? For economic development? For schools?
We’d love to hear from you if you have a new mayor. Do you think your new mayor will mean something new and different for nonprofits and communities in your city? Let us know your hopes and fears!

  • Sara Jane Lowry

    Bill Peduto is the new mayor of Pittsburgh. Like mayors who have preceded him, he also wants to figure out an agreement that gives the city more revenue from its vibrant nonprofit organizations, especially hospitals and universities.

  • Pamela McGrath

    The position of mayor is one political position that requires an experienced manager and leader. Small and medium sized cities are complex business organizations. While the term may be for only two years in most cases, considerable upheaval can occur when an inexperienced pol takes the reins. I live in a city north of Boston that just elected it first new mayor in 18 years and I am afraid we are in for a bumpy ride for the next two years. Let’s hope it does not cost us too much.

  • Kevin Gilnack

    I’m very excited about the Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh in Boston because he gets nonprofits and the role they play in our community. He made collaboration and partnerships a central theme in his campaign. He championed human services and has first-hand understanding of how important this programs and workers are.

    I think we’ll see a lot come out of City Hall that serves our nonprofits from the arts to tourism, our human services continuum of care, educational institutions, and other valuable organizations. (He has 42 detailed policy proposals and I was honored to help participate in his grassroots policy development process: )

    My main concern is the potential for revisiting PILOTs. Mayor Menino and the City Council put in place a comprehensive plan just several years ago and any effort to extract more taxes from tax-exempt organizations would be deeply troubling and risk detracting from the organizations that help make Boston great.