One of the eight candidates running for City Council said that if elected he would add 300 new police officers to hit the streets.
Another hopeful pledged to ensure the city’s reserve funds are deposited in banks headquarted in Boston.
And a third said her mission is to break cycles of poverty.
The candidates running for City Council have big ideas on how they would tackle Boston’s ills. But under the city’s strong-mayor form of government, there are few policy fixes the council can make.
Unlike the mayor, the council has no authority in making administrative appointments, setting budget priorities, or enacting city policies. Other than its role as a bully pulpit, the council’s only major power is to vote up or down on a budget the mayor submits.
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