City Councilor Matt O’Malley was elected as the District 6 representative to the Boston City Council in a special election on November 16, 2010. He was reelected to the seat on November 8, 2011 and on November 5, 2013 when he received a record-setting 18,204 votes. His district includes the neighborhoods of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, parts of Roslindale and Roxbury, and the Back of the Hill.
Councilor O’Malley grew up in Roslindale and today lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Kathryn Niforos. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School and the George Washington University.
Councilor Matt O’Malley was named Chair of Environment & Sustainability Committee and Vice Chair of the City, Neighborhood Services & Veterans Affairs Committee in January 2016. He also serves on the City Council Committees on Arts, Culture and Special Events, Education, Government Operations, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, and Ways and Means. In 2014 Councilor O’Malley served as Chair of the City Council’s Environment & Parks Committee and Vice Chair of the Education Committee. In 2012 and 2013 Councilor O’Malley served as Chair of the City Council’s Government Operations Committee and as Chair of the Environment Committee in 2011.
Councilor O’Malley is dedicated to ensuring that all of Boston’s school children have access to an excellent public education system. His priorities also include public safety, economic development and environmental issues.
Councilor O’Malley continues to work on numerous issues affecting the residents of District 6 and the entire city. He has initiated new litter reduction measures and has called for the implementation of citywide curbside composting. He has proposed legislation that would eliminate gas leaks in Boston and improve communication between the city and utility companies. Councilor O’Malley has successfully advocated for paperless pay stubs for City of Boston employees and continues to work toward increasing the availability of tap water and free sun screen in parks and open spaces citywide.
In an effort to make Boston’s streets safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, Councilor O’Malley continues to advocate for new traffic calming measures and improved signage on the city’s roadways. Councilor O’Malley pushed for the expansion of a drug drop off program in Boston and the creation of a Silver Alert system for senior citizens who have Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Councilor O’Malley has held public hearings to discuss the use of vacated public school buildings, the future of the Arborway Yard in Jamaica Plain and snow removal jurisdiction. He also worked with the Friends of the Curley House and the city to develop new ways to use the historic landmark.
Each year Councilor O’Malley holds annual “Town Hall Meetings” in the district to update residents on what he has been working on and to discuss the annual city budget process. He also holds regular “office hours” in various locations in the community.
Prior to serving on the City Council, Councilor O’Malley was political director for MassEquality and Director of Legislative Affairs for Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral, where he worked to implement numerous crime prevention initiatives. Councilor O’Malley has also worked on the campaigns of several other Democratic elected officials.
Councilor O’Malley is a member of the Advisory Committee for Project Hope, an anti-poverty agency in Boston. A eight-time marathoner, Councilor O’Malley has also raised funds for Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and Project Hope.