Sal LaMattina has been dedicated to public service for most of his adult life, and in 2006 he had the privilege of being elected to represent District 1, which includes Charlestown, the North End, East Boston and Beacon Hill, on the Boston City Council. The councilor and his wife Lisa have one daughter, Liana, who currently attends Boston University.
A lifelong East Boston resident, Councilor LaMattina graduated from East Boston High School in 1978 and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
From 1985 to 1987, Councilor LaMattina worked at the Crossroads Family Shelter in East Boston, helping homeless families find housing. In 1987 he accepted a position in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services as the neighborhood liaison to both the North End and East Boston.
In 1999 Councilor LaMattina left the mayor’s office to become an assistant director for the Central Artery Team, where he worked to mitigate construction impacts on the residents and businesses in the city.
Councilor LaMattina serves as chair of the City Council’s Committee on City and Neighborhood Services and vice chair of the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Arts, Film, Humanities and Tourism, among other committee assignments. He is founder of Eastie Pride Day, a member of the East Boston Project Advisory Committee, a member and past chair of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee, and was recently appointed as a member of the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services steering committee.
The East Boston-native typically spends his days talking with residents, meeting with small-business owners, attending community meetings and working with city officials to make sure the concerns of the people of District 1 are heard. He is actively involved on Neighborhood Response Teams and the Problem Property Task Force, serving residents from Eagle Hill to Beacon Hill.
“I am blessed to have a job that positively affects peoples’ lives,” says LaMattina, ‘and I work hard every day to give a voice to the people of my district and to make Boston the best city in the world.”
What We've Achieved
- Worked with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Redevelopment Authority to being ferry service back to the East Boston Waterfront. The 2 ferries will connect East Boston to the Innovation District in Charlestown and the South Boston Waterfront, giving residents easier access to the rest of the City.
- Collaborated with the Mayor’s Office, MassPort, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Parks Department to extend the popular East Boston Greenway along the Narrow Gauge to reach Constitution Beach, making East Boston one of the most walkable and neighborhoods in the City.
- With 322 students and a waiting list of 300 more, Councilor LaMattina, along with the Mayor’s Office, worked to expand the Elliot K-8 School through adding a second campus at the nearby North Bennett St. school building, resulting in new K-2 classes.
- Worked with the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Education to find a new school location at 585 Commercial Street in the North End, bringing a much needed downtown school a step closer to reality.
- A strong advocate for parks, Councilor LaMattina advocated for and worked with the Parks Department on the over $2 million renovation of the historic American Legion Playground.
- Appointed Chair of the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs 3 times by City Council President Stephen Murphy, Councilor LaMattina has worked hard to support our veterans by holding a public hearing and job fair to ensure that Boston veterans have necessary tools to facilitate their re-integration to civilian life.
- Responding to the residents’ outcry over the transportation of ethanol trains through their neighborhood, Councilor LaMattina successfully worked with state and local elected officials in stopping Global Petroleum’s ethanol train request.
- In an effort to hold problem property owners accountable, Councilor LaMattina began the process before the Conservation Commission against the owner of Pier 8 in Charlestown, resulting in the Attorney General’s Office intervening.