National League of Cities Statement on Passing of Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino

Washington, DC - National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., today issued the following statement on the passing of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino:

"It was with great sadness that we learned of Tom's passing today. He was an exemplary leader whose passion and enthusiasm for Boston inspired everything that he did in his public service, and whose connection with his community was unmatched. His long history as mayor and his many accomplishments on behalf of his community transformed the city and will leave a lasting impression on residents and visitors alike for years to come.

"The National League of Cities (NLC) was fortunate to have Tom support and guide our efforts to make cities better places. He was the driving force behind the creation of NLC's Institute for Youth Education and Families (IYEF), where his vision, early engagement and continued support over the years ensured its success as an ‘action tank' for the nation. It is a lasting tribute to Tom that cities across America have this resource and forum for leading on issues so dear to his heart.

"Tom will be missed and he leaves a powerful legacy to which all of us in government service should aspire."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.