Boston’s Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh received a snow-removal tutorial this morning when he stopped by a loading zone for the city’s salt and plow trucks.
Accompanied by Mike Dennehy, a longtime public works employee who will serve as the city snow czar under the new administration, and carrying coffee and doughnuts for the drivers, a bundled-up Walsh entered the Dorchester loading center’s front door just after 11 a.m.
“The hard part about the snow today is the fact that we had a bunch of inaugural activities that we had to cancel,” Walsh said. The service events included a Recovery Awareness Event with former NBA player Chris Herren in the North End, which has been planned for tonight.
Both Walsh and Dennehy said they are happy with how the city has handled this storm, which comes at a precarious time for the city as Menino administration officials enter retirement and Walsh has yet to hire a full staff or appoint key members to his administration.
“I've been driving around a little bit in the city today and it looks good,” Walsh said.
Dennehy takes over this afternoon when the retirement of Elmo Baldassari, the city’s current snow czar, takes effect. He has been surveying street conditions throughout much of the two-day storm.
“With the salt now getting put on the road, it’s really starting to open the roads up,” Dennehy said.
Walsh, who spent part of Thursday cleaning out his State House office, noted how different the executive position he will soon hold is from the legislative role he has played for years.
“Being a rep... you don’t have to worry about making sure the snow is being plowed, not worried about watching the weather 5, 6, 7 days out—there’s another storm coming, by the way, it’s in Cincinnati.” Walsh said. “This is something that the mayor is responsible for, making sure the streets are safe, and making sure they are plowed.”