City Councilor Matt O’Malley was elected as the District 6 representative to the Boston City Council in a special election on November 16, 2010. He was reelected to the seat on November 8, 2011. His district includes the neighborhoods of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill, and the Back of the Hill.
Councilor O’Malley grew up in Roslindale and today owns a home in Jamaica Plain. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School and the George Washington University.
Councilor Matt O’Malley was named Chair of the City Council’s Government Operations Committee in 2012. He was reappointed to a second term in January 2013. As Chair of the Government Operations Committee, Councilor O’Malley focuses on issues related to the structure and mechanics of city government and its departments, agencies, and commissions. He convenes numerous hearings and working sessions on a wide range of initiatives.
Councilor O’Malley is also Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee and a member of the committees on: Ways & Means; Public Safety; Education; Housing; Labor, Youth Affairs, and Human Rights; and Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology.
Councilor O’Malley is dedicated to ensuring that all of Boston’s school children have access to an excellent public education system. His priorities also include public safety, economic development and environmental issues.
Councilor O’Malley continues to work on numerous issues affecting the residents of District 6 and the entire city. He is a strong advocate for implementing new traffic calming measures and improving signage in an effort to make Boston’s streets safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
Councilor O’Malley pushed for the expansion of a drug drop off program in Boston and the creation of a Silver Alert system for senior citizens who have Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. He held public hearings to discuss the use of vacated public school buildings, the future of the Arborway Yard in Jamaica Plain and snow removal jurisdiction. He also worked with the Friends of the Curley House and the city to develop new ways to use the historic landmark.
Councilor O’Malley has successfully advocated for paperless pay stubs for City of Boston employees and continues to work toward increasing the availability of tap water in parks and open spaces citywide.
Each year Councilor O’Malley holds annual “Town Meetings” in the neighborhoods of his district to update residents on what he has been working on and to discuss the annual city budget process. He also holds regular “office hours” in various locations in the community.
Prior to serving on the City Council, Councilor O’Malley was political director for MassEquality and Director of Legislative Affairs for Suffolk County Sherriff Andrea Cabral, where he worked to implement numerous crime prevention initiatives. Councilor O’Malley has also worked on the campaigns of several other Democratic elected officials.
Councilor O’Malley is a member of the Advisory Committee for Project Hope, an anti-poverty agency in Boston. He also raised funds through the Boston Marathon for Children’s Hospital and Habitat for Humanity.