By LOU D’ALLESANDRO
Like so many others, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Mayor Thomas Menino last Thursday.
Mayor Menino was an incredible public servant for whom I had the utmost respect. He was the first Italian-American to be elected Mayor of Boston, and as a fellow Italian-American, I could share in that sense of pride. Tom Menino set an example for how to be a good public servant.
I’ve strived to emulate his example. He never got too big for the office he held, nor did he ever forget his roots. He lived in the same house for 40 years. I think people felt they could relate to him more because of that.
The Mayor became a good friend of mine over the years. He always wanted to help in any way he could.
He came to NH to help campaign for Hillary Clinton in 2008 and we went door to door together in Manchester.
Just last winter, shortly after leaving office, Mayor Menino came to St. Anselm College to speak to a group of my students. He wasn’t feeling well at the time but he went out of his way to make the trip and share stories of his time as Mayor.
(Lou D’Allesandro is a Democratic state Senator who has served District 20, which comprises Goffstown and Wards 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the City of Manchester, for eight terms. He has also been an Executive Councilor and a member of the state House of Representatives.)