News

The New Gen Ed Lottery System, Explained

News

Armed Individuals Sighted in Harvard Square Arraigned

News

Harvard Students Form Coalition Supporting Slave Photo Lawsuit's Demands

News

Police Apprehend Armed Man and Woman in Central Square

News

107 Faculty Called for Review of Tenure Procedures in Letter to Dean Gay

Residency Mandate Repealed

By Richard M. Burnes

Cambridge city employees are no longer required to be city residents.

On Monday, the City Council finalized a resolution repealing an 18-month-old law requiring those on the city payroll to live within Cambridge.

The action followed a contentious hour-long debate on the issue a week earlier, which ended in a 5-4 vote to repeal the residency requirement.

Councillors supporting the measure felt the requirement was a piece of unnecessary regulation.

"We shouldn't make laws about where people sleep," said Vice Mayor Kathleen L. Born, who sponsored the measure.

Born argued that a policy which gives preference to Cantabrigians is preferable to a more rigid residency requirement.

But Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, who sponsored the original residency requirement, argued that a mere preference policy was not strong enough.

"We should give an absolute priority to those who live and pay taxes in the city," Toomey said. "People will take a greater commitment to their job if they live in the city."

Want to keep up with breaking news? Subscribe to our email newsletter.

Tags