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From the Mayor's Desk: Menino Goes to School & More

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/30/2013 8:59:15 PM
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Bloomberg for world Mayor
Do you think Bloomberg would run for President?

Alot of people get hurt when Mayor's do negative things...alot...alot of people, it is so sad and unfortunate!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/18/2013 4:37:09 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Boston Menino
He is, as they used to say, well bred. He's got manners and he presents a great example of how the privileged were once raised to behave. I find him delightful.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/18/2013 4:08:18 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Boston Menino
I know he's a multi-billionaire and all, and that taking a salary would have been kind of gross, when you put things into perspective... but you've gotta respect a guy who cares enough about a city to not only take a $1 salary but also stay in office on that salary longer than legally allowed. Maybe I'm blinded by my Bloomberg adoration, but I think it says a lot!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/18/2013 2:29:21 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Boston Menino
Thanks for the info, Nicole. I guess initially I thought the salary seems inflated for a part-timer, but I suppose you get what you pay for in teaching as in anything else.

Regarding Mayor Bloomberg's salary, I think he's a class act.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/18/2013 1:59:20 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Boston Menino
Just to be clear -- it's $157,000... not £157,000 <-- which is a lot more!

By the way, Menino's salary as mayor was a bit higher than that around $169,000 (I think it was $175,000 before he took a paycut during an economic downturn).

So, what's worse: An overpriced university shelling out $157,000 for an all-star faculty member; or a city paying its mayor close to $200,000?

(For what it's worth, Mayor Bloomberg's annual salary has been $1. I wonder what our new mayor's intake will be...)

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/18/2013 1:54:55 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Boston Menino
According to what I've read, $157,000 is the standard salary for a professor at Boston University. While Menino isn't taking on the role of professor, he is cofounding this department and bringing mayoral expertise to it. I really wasn't surprised by the figure, knowing that BU is a highly regarded University.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/18/2013 10:50:20 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Boston Menino
I'd love to hear the rationale behind this salary, which is higher than what many board members get paid for working on the boards of public companies.

Hazel
Hazel  
11/18/2013 1:53:04 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Boston Menino
Menino's salary is indeed staggering. But you have to keep in mind that's the going rate probably for someone with his past experience and expertise. The school most likely sees his value as a lecturer. But what can be done with that money--so much more and I agree with you on that.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
11/16/2013 4:48:05 PM
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Boston Menino
It is staggering that the salary is £157K for a few lectures by Menino and some administration work of course. I wonder how much more Boston could do with the 157K if it was channelled into nonprofit ventures to create better urban spaces. We could surely bring in more speakers to give many lectures each year with that money, even with hefty price tags on top speakers. Having said that I think that the more we talk about urban issues, the better so I hope this new inititive bears fruit and leads to solutions for Bostons future.

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