Governor Charlie Baker today signed legislation naming the Massachusetts Port Authority’s Cruiseport Boston in honor of Raymond L. Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Vatican.


“Mayor Flynn has answered the call to represent both the people of Boston and the United States throughout his career and private life,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “He is the epitome of what a public servant should be, always a consummate professional, and a dedicated family man. It gives me great pride to sign legislation that will ensure Mayor Flynn’s legacy is honored in his native South Boston forever.”


“The Port of Boston first welcomed millions of our immigrant families to America,” said Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Vatican. “It is where our military troops arrived home from war, and a place that helped build a strong maritime economy and created millions of jobs for hard working Americans. They are the people we honor today and I’m proud that my name will forever be part of this remarkable American story.”


“A proud son of South Boston, Ambassador Flynn’s connection to the Port of Boston runs deep,” said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D- Boston). “From his time as Longshoreman to his years as Mayor, Ray Flynn was passionate about growing the maritime industry and helping the Port achieve record-breaking success. Ambassador Flynn’s ongoing work and proud legacy will be forever honored in his beloved South Boston as we rename the Cruiseport the Flynn Cruiseport Boston.”


“Ray Flynn worked on the waterfront for years as a longshoreman, as did his father and brothers,” said Representative Nick Collins (D – South Boston).  “While a state representative for South Boston, he led the House’s Boston Harbor Cleanup Committee and oversaw one of the most important and successful environmental efforts in our state’s history. Renaming the Cruiseport in his honor is a fitting tribute to his years of dedicated service and his commitment to helping make the South Boston waterfront the urban oasis that it is today.”


“What a suitable tribute that the Cruiseport located in South Boston will be known as The Raymond L. Flynn Cruiseport at Black Falcon Terminal,” said State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D – Dorchester). “As a son of South Boston, Ambassador Flynn served as Mayor, City Councilor and State Representative and dedicated his life to public service.”

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