Michael Flaherty Was Unable to Attend the JP Progressive Forum on June 3, 2015
Bio from Michael Flaherty’s website:
In November of 2013, Michael was elected as a Boston City Councilor At-Large. Previously, he was member of the Council for 10 years prior to running for Mayor in 2009. During his tenure, Michael served as Council President from 2002 – 2006. As Council President, he served the City with distinction and commitment. He brings his talents, passion and energy back to the Council.
After graduating Boston College High School, Michael went to work for Airborne Express Company, a job that brought with it membership in Teamsters Local Union #25. Michael held his union card for the next eight years, developing an abiding appreciation for the benefits of organized labor to the lives of working families in Boston and across the state.
Michael worked his way through Boston College and then Boston University School of Law. After earning his law degree, Michael went to work in the Office of Suffolk County District Attorney, serving two years as an assistant district attorney in East Boston, Charlestown and Roxbury district courts. Michael left the District Attorney’s office in 1998 and is currently a partner at the law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan in Boston.
Over the course of his career, Michael has been a steadfast champion of issues that are dealt with the city’s diverse demographics. Following his experience as an assistant district attorney, Michael has been a longtime vocal proponent on public safety and crime concerns by being proactive and working in partnership with residents, clergy and community organizations to implement better safety procedures for healthier communities.
In 2001, he became the first citywide elected official to publicly support and endorse same-sex marriage in Massachusetts at a time when the mainstream debate focused on whether same-gender civil unions should be allowed.
In 2002, Michael was the first At-Large City Councilor to support the enactment of the Community Preservation Act – a legislation that would allow for the preservation of affordable housing, green spaces and historic sites, as well as bolster local economic development.
In 2004, as Council President, Michael advocated for property tax relief for seniors, which allow residents ages 60 and older who met income criteria to participate in a property tax work-off program.
After the brutal murder of Imette St. Guillen, Michael proposed and passed Imette’s Law – a legislation that required bouncers in Boston to obtain background checks – which was signed into law in 2007.
In 2008, Michael secured a partnership with Operation Hope – a leading non-profit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization – to provide free financial literacy training to Boston’s youth who work for the city over the summer. Additionally, Michael has been an advocate for the green and creative economies, which have created more jobs and revitalized neighborhoods.
As a proud Bostonian, Michael is committed to ensuring Boston continues to be a place we can all live, work and raise a family.