BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Mayor Tom Menino spoke Wednesday from his future place of employment — Boston University, where he was introduced by the university president.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

At the packed news conference, Menino was introduced as the incoming co-leader of the newly created “Initiative For Cities At Boston University.”

Menino was asked why he chose Boston University rather than Harvard for his next job.

“Well, because I don’t have a passport to get to Cambridge,” Menino joked.
But on a more serious note, Menino said he hopes the new center will help cities improve and inspire students.

“It’s important that we get young people enthused about government. We want you back in, you can make a difference,” Menino said.

Saying he’s not an “ivory tower type guy,” Menino said he hopes to work one-on-one with as many students as possible.

“I like to be involved with students. We’re going to have an open door, it’s important that we have this connection,” he said.

After spending decades at the helm of Boston’s government, Menino spoke about the lessons he can impart to BU students.

“The message of Boston is in order to reach up, you have to reach out,” he said. “Cities are full of promises and challenges. I hope to bring students together to talk about these issues.”

Menino starts his new job February 1st.

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