Video: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Inauguration
Oath of office by Martin Walsh, first new Boston mayor after two decade long Thomas Menino era
January 6, 2014 - Martin Walsh, son of Irish immigrants, made much of his personal biography and the city's revolutionary history as he promised to listen closely to the people of Boston's diverse neighborhoods as he was sworn into the mayor's office, which had been held by long serving Thomas Menino for two decades.
In his inauguration speech, Walsh pledged to improve schools, reduce crime and reform the city's slow and onerous development process. Promising a term characterized by progress and collaboration, Walsh made three essential promises - "I will listen, I will learn, I will lead."