City Council makes picks for new Community Preservation Committee

A City Council committee has identified four residents to serve on Boston’s Community Preservation Committee, which is charged with the implementation and oversight of a new program that will provide funds for affordable housing, historic preservation, and recreation.

City voters approved the Community Preservation Act in 2016, allowing for a 1 percent surcharge on residential and business property taxes, beginning last July. The city must use that revenue to fund initiatives for affordable housing, preservation, recreation, and open space.

By law, there will be nine members on the Community Preservation Committee, which would oversee the program’s implementation and budget, and decide on projects. Five members represent city agencies and are picked by the mayor.


The city has already appointed Christine Poff as the program’s director, to oversee the committee’s routine functions.

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Over the last several weeks, the council’s Special Committee on the Community Preservation Act, with the help of a resident advisory committee, has been interviewing residents for the final four seats. They must be residents of the city, but not city employees, and will serve as volunteers.

More than 100 residents applied.

“It was overwhelmingly moving to see so many talented and passionate people who are interested in serving the city in this role,” said City Council President Michelle Wu, adding that the final four bring different levels of expertise “and a passion for serving every single part of the city of Boston that I’m confident will translate into great outcomes for this new Community Preservation Act-backed funding stream.”

The four finalists are: Matthew J. Kiefer, of Jamaica Plain; Kannan Thiruvengadam of East Boston; Madeligne Tena of Dorchester; and Ying Wang of Roslindale.


A public council hearing on the four recommendations is slated for Tuesday, and the full council could vote on the picks Dec. 13.

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