Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley unveiled an ambitious neighborhood improvement plan for East Boston as part of his mayoral campaign on Thursday, laying out several proposals, including moving toll plazas and developing the waterfront.
Conley said during a press conference at a local park that the neighborhood “holds a special place in my heart because it was in East Boston, at Jeffries Point, that my grandfather, Severo DeNapoli, landed here from Italy,” according to a transcript of his remarks.
Conley’s plan includes a proposal to move the Sumner and Ted Williams Tunnel toll plazas to Logan International Airport.
“The tolls were originally meant to capture airport traffic, but today anyone from anywhere leaving East Boston through the tunnels pays the toll,” Conley said, adding that the current setup unfairly penalizes residents and harms local businesses.
The plan includes a pledge to insist that absentee landlords develop boarded-up buildings and vacant lots on the waterfront, Conley said.
In addition, Conley wants to create a thoroughfare linking the Orient Heights and Maverick Square sections of the neighborhood, to bring back a Little City Hall for residents seeking help with municipal issues, and to crack down on price fixing and other illegal practices by some cabdrivers.
“What we are announcing today is not a complete or comprehensive list of all that we would hope to accomplish here,” Conley said. “We are all concerned about issues, ranging from public health to education to trash and other basic city services.”
Conley is one of 12 mayoral candidates on the ballot. The preliminary election is Sept. 24,with the top two vote-
getters meeting in the final round on Nov. 5.
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