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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!