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(NECN) – Boston Mayor Tom Menino spoke Thursday morning outside his Hyde Park home.
Menino said he’s excited about talking to the people of Boston and he’s looking forward to his 4 p.m. press conference at Faneuil Hall.
“It’s been a great time,” Menino said of his time as mayor. “It’s a changed city and I’m glad I’ve been a small part of this changed city.”
Menino also said it’s a sad day, but it’s a day that will always come in your career.
“It’s a very difficult decision. When you have something you really love, you lived 24/7 for the last 20 years, it’s tough to say no, but there is a time and place for everything,” Menino said of deciding not to run for re-election.
Menino joked he may change his mind at 4 p.m., but he said he thinks he’ll be able to hold it together.
The mayor said the people of Boston will make a decision on his successor and it won’t be a decision he makes.
He is meeting with his immediate staff and department heads at City Hall because “they made me what I am today.”
“I have a great administration because of the people that work for me,” Menino said.