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Boston’s Next Mayor, Kim Janey, Sits Down With NBC10 Boston: ‘A Lot of Work to Do’

Before taking the helm as Boston’s barrier-breaking acting mayor, Kim Janey sat down with NBC10 Boston for a one-on-one interview about what’s changing for her now that she’ll be leading the city.

Janey, who’s been president of the Boston City Council, will be the first woman and the first person of color to hold the city’s top job. She takes over for outgoing Mayor Marty Walsh, who was confirmed by the Senate Monday as President Joe Biden’s labor secretary.

Speaking with Latoyia Edwards, Janey recognized the history of the moment and the people who paved the way for her, as well as the perspective she brings to City Hall.

“Certainly, the title changes, my office changes, I have a much bigger team, and that’s exciting, because there is a lot of work to do,” Janey said. “But I’m still Kim, and I believe that we have to stay focused on the work. And that’s what I hope to do, and to bring my lived experience, my passion, and all that I can to this work, because it is so important.”

Watch more from the interview Tuesday morning on “NBC10 Boston Today.”

Minutes after being confirmed as the next secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh held his last news conference as mayor of Boston, occasionally becoming emotional as he reflected on his time in office.

A native of the city’s Roxbury neighborhood, Janey became the first woman to represent Boston’s 7th District in 2017. In addition to Roxbury, the district includes parts of the South End, Dorchester and Fenway.

Walsh said he would resign as mayor at 9 p.m., at which point Janey will become acting mayor. She is expected to take the oath of office later this week.

New England Cable News

New England Cable News is a regional 24-hour cable news television network owned and operated by NBCUniversal serving the New England region of the United States. It focuses on regional news, though in some low priority timeslots, paid programming and programming from WNBC such as Talk Stoop and Open House are seen.

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