BOSTON- I am saddened by the news of the passing of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Mayor Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, was a political giant. He was an internationally recognized ambassador for the city and the state, a strong voice for those who did not have one and a visionary leader. He will be remembered for leading the city in jubilant moments such as celebrating 8 professional sports championships and for being a strong and comforting leader when we needed him most during the difficult moments following the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks. Mayor Menino not only had a positive impact on the City of Boston but on the entire Commonwealth. He will be missed.

During this time of grieving, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. The Commonwealth today has lost a faithful public servant and a loyal friend. May he rest in peace.

– Sen. Michael O. Moore