|Name||Michael P. Ross|
|Address||214 Parker Hill |
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
Nov 06, 2017 11:47pm
|Info||At the age of 27, Mike Ross was elected to the Boston City Council for District 8 on November 2, 1999. The district includes the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway and Mission Hill as well as Kenmore Square, Audubon Circle and the West End. The race was Ross’ first run for public office. At 34 years old, he is the youngest city councilor on the Boston City Council and the first Jewish city councilor in over 55 years. Since taking office, Ross was voted Best Politician by the Boston TAB, served as commencement speaker for Fisher College, and was featured in Boston Magazine as one of 40 Bostonians to watch. |
Now in his fourth term, Ross has been a tireless advocate for his constituents. As always, his top priority has been improving the quality of life in the neighborhoods he represents. As an advocate for affordable housing, Ross has worked with the mayor and his colleagues to pass several initiatives to stop rising rent prices including shutting down illegal dormitories in order to open housing for full-time residents. He has also worked hard to improve residential parking, maintain clean streets and alleys and increase police presence in several key areas. Councilor Ross has been a leader in the protection and preservation of his neighborhoods. He has worked and continues to support smart development, while working with state and local officials to get additional groundwater monitoring in the city.
Ross has just finished his fourth year as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the first Councilor ever from his district to hold this leadership position. In fiscal year 2005, the City of Boston budget was passed unanimously - a first for Boston. Because of his very thorough and thoughtful work as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Ross was appointed Vice President of the Boston City Council in 2006. Along with this appointment, Ross will also be Chairing the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services as well as the newly established Special Committee on Youth Violent Crime Prevention. This special committee is charged with the task of looking at issues relating to the current rise in gang and youth crime in the City of Boston, examining existing city programs designed to deal with such issues, review suggestions for future policy, and formulate a series of recommendations on this matter. He also serves on several other key committees including Arts, Film, Humanities & Tourism; Economic Development & Planning; Employment & Workforce Development; Environment & Historic Preservation; Government Operations; Human Rights; Hunger & Homelessness; Institutional Relations; Rules & Administration; Ways & Means, of which he continues to serve as Vice Chairman; and Youth Affairs.
Councilor Ross has been responsible for many other improvements to quality of life in the city including establishing late-night MBTA service to Boston for the first time in 50 years as well as a recent fight to save it from being cut; passing a recycling ordinance requiring large apartment buildings to utilize the city's free recycling; requiring Universities to take a more active role in supervising those off-campus students who cause problems; fighting hard to establish public schools in the neighborhoods that lack them; and fully restoring grant money for the arts.
As a resident of Beacon Hill and a former employee of the City of Boston, Ross is an active member of his community and a dedicated public servant. Prior to being elected, he put the City of Boston on the internet by building a web presence which earned national recognition by Government Technology Magazine as the number one municipal web site in the country. He also worked in Mayor Menino's office learning firsthand about all the great neighborhoods that make up the City of Boston.
Ross got to know his community by serving as a coach for three different sports for children in his neighborhood. An avid athlete, Ross followed his mother Susan's lead by completing the New York / Boston AIDS Bike Ride in 1997. He also ran in the Boston Marathon in 1998.
Mike's father, Stephan Ross, is a survivor of the Holocaust and the founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial. His mother runs a Bed and Breakfast reservation service in Gloucester. His sister Julie works as a corporate attorney in Boston.
Ross graduated with a bachelor's degree in governmental studies from Clark University in 1993 and completed his master's degree in business administration from Boston University in 2001. Currently, he is attending Suffolk University Law School and is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University.