BOSTON (CBS) – After two months in the hospital, Mayor Tom Menino was finally able to greet local residents. He stopped by a teen center on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester on Monday.

It’s been a rough couple months for the mayor, but he made it very clear that he’s glad to be out of the hospital and back in the neighborhoods.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“Let me tell you, this is my second energy,” said Menino. “It just gives you energy when you’re out.”

Menino was in the hospital recovering from several conditions including blood clots, a spine fracture and newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes.

The mayor says he woke up a little sluggish on his first morning out, but was excited to be able to interact with the kids.

When asked if he’ll run again, he just smiled and said he has no plans on retiring as long as there’s work to do.

“I love this job, I’ll do it as long as I feel I’m effective,” he said. “I’m not going to sit at City Hall and be a mayor as a lame duck.”

Menino says the city has a lot of potential and many challenges ahead.

“We’re not finished,” he said. “I’ll tell you when we’re finished and then I’ll tell you when I’m going home.”


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