Local councilors to head committees

Newly elected citywide City Councilor Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, and local City Councilor John Tobin, who has represented JP and West Roxbury since 2001, were named to head important council committees by council President Mike Ross on Jan. 27.

Arroyo was appointed chair of the Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights and of the Special Committee on the 2010 Census.

Tobin leads the Special Committee on Charter Reform. He was also renamed chair of the Committee on Arts, Film, Humanities and Tourism, a post he has held since 2002.


“As the chair of the Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights, I can utilize my past experience as a labor organizer to look at ways that the City Council can be an ally to working families throughout the city,” Arroyo said in a letter addressed to his constituents.

“As the chair of the Special Committee on the 2010 Census, I will be traveling across the city working to ensure that everyone in Boston gets counted. An accurate count in the 2010 Census has a direct impact on federal funding and also determines the number of Congressional seats we will have in Massachusetts for the next 10 years,” he added.

Arroyo will also be the vice-chair of the Committee on Environment & Health. Arroyo’s office can be reached at [email protected] or 635-4205.

“I am honored and excited to lead the Special Committee on Charter Reform,” Tobin said in a written statement. “I plan to reach out to residents across the city and listen to their ideas for improvement to the city charter.

“I am also thrilled to be renamed chair of the Arts Committee,” said Tobin. “Boston’s artists and cultural institutions keep our city’s creative economy growing. Hollywood continues create jobs by choosing to film major movies in our city. I will keep fighting on behalf Boston’s arts community, especially during these challenging financial times.”

Tobin was named vice-chair of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee and of the Presidential Committee on the City Council Centennial. Tobin’s office may be contacted 635-4220 or at [email protected]

From press materials.

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