BOSTON (CBS) – City councilors unanimously re-elected council president Stephen Murphy to a third term Monday at their first meeting of the new year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Murphy said one of his top priorities in 2013 will be to get the new Indigo commuter line up and running.

Six new stations will be built from Hyde Park to the Back Bay along with transit-oriented developments around those stations.

“We’re going to build some new business districts right within the city and hopefully offer some much-needed affordable housing to working folks, where we could use it. Some of our own employees here have trouble trying to made ends meet because of the residency laws,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Murphy says another priority is pushing Washington and Beacon Hill for tighter gun control laws.

And what about the added focus on Murphy’s presidency given Mayor Tom Menino’s recent health issues?

“Don’t worry about him, he’ll be around a very long time.” Murphy said, adding that he believes Menino will run for re-election.

If the mayor were to leave office, the city council president would take over as acting mayor until an election is held.

Menino was city council president in 1993 when he took over for former Mayor Ray Flynn.


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